More Than Movies: Spring Film Festival underway at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Margie Young | April 10th, 2017 7:52 pm

What a full and diverse week it has been at the Dietrich Theater.

Nine photographers were celebrated at last Sunday’s reception, bringing 90 art lovers to see their landscapes, digital whimsical compositions, portraits, impressions on metal and other photos that help us see our world in new ways.

Last Thursday, the planning committee for the next exhibit at the Dietrich met to share ideas about Wyoming County’s Industrial Past, including a walking tour designed by Bob Boyce for Founder’s Day on June 24.

On Tuesday, 17 children composed their visions for a Super Hero of their own imagining, inspired by Everhart Museum educator Michael.

Also on Tuesday, the River Day committee met to plan River Day for July 22. Lots of good ideas were shared that you will know about soon.

And last Friday, the day I wrote this, our entire staff and many volunteers were getting ready for Spring Film Festival Opening Night, a night when over 250 guests will enjoy two movies, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, dessert and much festivity.

In case you are sorry you missed any of these happenings, you are not too late to see 23 foreign and independent movies in the Spring Film Festival that lasts until April 27. “Lion,” “20th Century Women,” “Manchester By the Sea” and “A United Kingdom” received much publicity and acclaim on TV and other media. I will make sure to see all of them. But it is lesser known films set in other lands and cultures that intrigue me. Films such as “The Salesman,” winner for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, set in Iran and in Persian with subtitles, that I will see because these films take you into new worlds and an understanding of other people’s lives.

Another film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film is “Land of Mine,” in German and Danish with subtitles. It is the story of a group of surrendered German soldiers following World War II who are ordered by Allied forces to remove landmines from the coast of Denmark. I love the films of untold stories and this one is all about a little known consequence of war.

And an absolutely new view of a unique life is the subject of “Paterson,” a sweet film about a bus driver who writes poetry about the daily life he observes. I want to see so many of the festival movies, but these are high on my list.

Nimble Hill Winery and Brewery has an Easter treat for everyone at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at the Dietrich. The movie “Hop,” free popcorn and soda will be their gift to the community — just in time for Easter. Tickets are available at the ticket booth or by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door as long as they last.

We are well into our second year of Warrior Writers, with our next meeting scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 14. So many programs in the arts have proven to be very helpful for our military veterans, and we are so proud to have one at the Dietrich. Because programs like Warrior Writers have been so beneficial, they may even save federal arts funding. If you know a veteran needing a community of fellow veterans, please tell him or her about Warrior Writers at the Dietrich. For information, call 570-996-1500.

So many good things are going on at the Dietrich Theater. All we need is for you to keep coming to the movies and to discover our other programs and classes. Spring is finally here and it is time to get out of the house. Discover the Dietrich and all it has to offer. You will be so glad you did.

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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