Tremendous — that I think is the best way to describe the lineup for the Dietrich’s upcoming Fall Film Festival.
After watching all 22 trailers of the movies that will be featured during festival with the Dietrich staff last week, we all concluded that we would be pretty bleary-eyed from Sept. 18 through Oct. 8 because we want to see all the festival films because they just look that good.
They include:”A Walk in the Woods,” “Mr. Holmes,” “Batkid Begins,” “Testament of Youth,” “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” “About Elly,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Gemma Bovery,” “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “The Impressionists: And the Man Who Made Them,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Irrational Man,” “A Little Chaos,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Phoenix,” “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” “Testament of Youth,” “Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing,” “What We Did on Our Holiday,” “The Wolfpack,” and “The Wrecking Crew.”
Great selections, right? There is so much variety from documentaries to foreign language films to thrillers to comedies to dramas, and they cover so many topics like art, music, family, feminism, literature and more. For a full listing of festival film show times and synopses, visit www.dietrichtheater.com.
The festival will launch on Friday, Sept. 18 with an Oktoberfest-themed Opening Night Gala. There will be wine and beer provided by Nimble Hill and the most delicious hors d’oeuvres served by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant and Café, the Fireplace Restaurant, Ma Greenley’s BBQ and Seasons Restaurant. The films that will be showcased that evening are “A Walk in the Woods” with Robert Redford, Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte and “Mr. Holmes” starring the incomparable Sir Ian McKellen. And of course the evening would not be complete without desserts by Epicurean Delight. I don’t see how we could ask for a better evening. Doors open for the gala at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $40 each. Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.
Speaking of movies, I have some news for you about our Classic Movies Series at the Dietrich. It will be continuing this fall and admission will be free. That’s right, community members, organizations and businesses have agreed to sponsor these films so that all can enjoy them. Our first film of the fall will be “St. Elmo’s Fire” on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, this film is about a group of friends that just graduated from Georgetown University and are adjusting to their post-college lives and the responsibilities of adulthood. Free tickets are first come, first served.
In addition to film, there are a few musical events coming up at the Dietrich. Hickory Project will be back at the Dietrich for an afternoon of bluegrass at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. They always put on a wonderful show and their artistry is amazing. Be sure to check them out. The show is free and donations will be accepted. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.
Oh, and join us this Friday, Aug. 28 for Open Mic Night at the Dietrich at 7 p.m. Come as an audience member or a performer and enjoy an evening filled with local talent. After the Open Mic Night portion of the evening, stay for our featured musician Alan Thatcher of Tunkhannock. Admission to Open Mic Night is free. We look forward to seeing you there.
As you can see the Dietrich is more than the movies!