More than the movies: So many movies, so little time

More than - the movies - Margie Young
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What movie in this year’s Fall Film Festival has made the deepest impression on the Dietrich’s film booker Ronnie Harvey? Mind you, he has not seen them all, but so far it is “Three Identical Strangers” that has intrigued him the most.

“You never know where it is going. There are surprises at every turn. You think it is about one thing, but it is really about so much more,” Ronnie said.

The buzz about other movies, including “Eighth Grade” and “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” make me want to see so many of them. I have managed to see six so far and have loved them all. The one that haunts me is “Foxtrot,” a beautiful and personal story of one family and how war affects them, using the dance as a metaphor. What do I still want to see? Oh, so many! Top of the list are “A Kid Like Jake,” “Leave No Trace” and “Whitney.” Check out all the showings at

The Fall Film Festival presents the best foreign and independent films of the last few months – all gems of cinematic artistry. There are multiple showings through Oct. 4.

I must share with you a story of one of people who has exhibited at the Dietrich Theater and performed in plays at the Dietrich. Bronwyn Frazier, daughter of Pam and Jack Frazier, of Dalton, has a new career at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in California where she works in the costume production department. Even more exciting is that she reported to her mother that she has been an “extra” or background actor in these television shows: “Criminal Minds,” “This is Us,” “No Activity,” “The Fix,” “Good Girls” and “Sneaky Pete.” Way to go, Bronwyn.

News of another Dietrich Theater performer and former cultural assistant is that Laurel Radzieski returns to the Dietrich as the featured performer for Open Mic at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. She will read from her debut poetry collection “Red Mother,” a love story told from the perspective of a parasite. All are welcome to this Open Mic, which always free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee.

Another Dietrich Theater friend returns at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 with his ever-popular “Reptiles and Amphibians of NEPA,” a free presentation. Yes, Rick Koval returns, complete with live specimens, back by popular demand, thanks to the Overlook Estate Foundation.

Another friend of the Dietrich – Jay Steveskey – will be back for a free concert he has called “Classical Guitar Plays Bach, Brazil, Beatles, Broadway and More” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Come and enjoy the musical diversity and similarity from Baroque-inspired 20th century pop music to the rich Latin American guitar heritage and the Great American Songbook. The concert will be followed by a light reception. This concert is sponsored by John Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker. Jessie loved Jay’s artistry and you will, too.

Who says there is nothing to do in our area? Wonderful movies that enable you to explore new worlds, Open Mic to enjoy talented members of our community, presentations to learn about our natural world, and a free concert to enjoy a master classical guitarist.

When will we see you at the Dietrich? We hope soon. And often!


More than

the movies

Margie Young