In a recent email, Vicksburg’s Strand Theatre explained how virtual movie screening works.
Back in March, I introduced “Parasite” by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then…
But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.
And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week’s beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)… and then watching a new or classic film with an audience – those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.
Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can watch at home. Typically, these films are available for a week or two or three, and once rented can be watched over a 72-hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also, a cable that connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.
It’s not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.
The Strand has several films you can watch now, including full-length feature films and selections just for the kids.
Here are the films presented by the Virtual Strand starting Friday, May 15:
“Up from the Streets: New Orleans, City of Music”
If you missed this year’s Jazzfest or would just like to know more about New Orleans music, here’s another great film to enjoy at home wherever that may be while supporting the Strand in Vicksburg.
It even features Vicksburg’s own Bill Ferris giving insights about the city’s greats.
Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host. The film features personal reflections from New Orleans’ most impactful musicians including, but not limited to, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh and Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers.
Special LIVE Q&A via ZOOM with Terence Blanchard and director Michael Murphy at 6 p.m. Central time on Saturday, May 16.
For every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation COVID-19 relief fund for musicians.
And for something completely different:
“New French Shorts”
An annual presentation of the best of recent short films from France selected by UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for their Young French Cinema program
A single feature-length program of seven delightful, funny, charming, provocative festival favorite Gallic shorts, perfect to watch at home and benefit the Strand.
“Bahmed’s Song” (“Le chant d’Ahmed”) 30 min
Director: Foued Mansour
Winner of Bridging the Borders Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019
“Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea” (“Moutons, loup et tasse de thé”) 12min
Director: Marion Lacourt
Official selection: 2019 Locarno Film Festival
“Tuesday from 8 to 6” (“Mardi de 8 à 18”) 26 min
Director: Cecilia de Arce
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Critics Week
“The Distance Between Us and the Sky” (“La distance entre nous et le ciel”) 9 min
Director: Vasilis Kekatos
Winner of Short Film Palme d’Or and Queer Palme at Cannes 2019
“The Tears Thing” (“Le coup des larmes”) 25 min
Director: Clémence Poésy
Official selection: 2019 Venice Film Festival
“Magnetic Harvest” (“La traction de poles”) 24 min
Director: Marine Levéel
TOTAL : 126 min
Plus, special bonus short:
“The Glorious Acceptance Speech of Nicolas Chauvin” (“Le discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin”) 26 min
Director: Benjamin Crotty
Official selection: 2018 New York Film Festival | Winner of Mantarraya Award