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Cinemarts Opens Fall/Winter 2010 and Announces Upcoming Season

CinemArts opens their fall season with a screening of “Warsaw Bridge” (Pont de Varsovia), the groundbreaking (and long unavailable) Spanish 1989 masterpiece by Pere Portabella on Tuesday, August 24, at 7:30pm at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 South Carroll St. in downtown Frederick.

Renown director Jonathan Demme describes his chief reaction of first seeing the film in Barcelona as a quest to have the film seen by a broader audience.  “The exquisite images, the superbly rendered music, the bravura style, this bold narrative, the great performances, the perfection of the totality of this unique and vibrant wonderland of a film—How to get it seen in America?" Demme’s partnership with an American-based distributor brought this desire to reality. 

At the center of the film is a romantic triangle between a novelist, a symphony conductor, and a university marine-biology lecturer. However, the story’s narrative touches on, as opposed to follows, these “central” characters. The film lavishly presents vivid meditations on Spanish architecture and landscapes, an outdoor concert where the conductor is on an elevated platform in a shopping arcade and the musicians are on nearby balconies, a lavish state party thrown for the novelist, a verbal chess match at the party, a credit sequence 20-odd minutes into the film, a concert inside a cathedral, extended lovemaking, a recitation of part of the novelist's book, an opera performed at a gigantic fish market, a university lecture on algae, another opera set (though not staged) in a Turkish bath, a TV interview, a meal prepared and eaten by the three lovers, a film screening, and a plane trying to extinguish a forest fire. As a review for the Chicago Reader raved, “…whatever it all means, it’s gorgeous.”

Showtime is 7:30pm at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 South Carroll St. in downtown Frederick. Admission price is $6. 

The film is the first of CinemArts’ fall offerings.  It is followed by a co-presentation of “The September Issue” at the Cultural Arts Center as part of the first night of Fashion Week on September 16. After that, the films return to the Delaplaine on September 28 with the classic Bogart film “Beat the Devil”; the Maryland premiere of the documentary film “The Small Act” on October 12; the rescheduled Frederick Film Festival presentation of the Spanish documentary “Interior Landscapes” on October 26; the acclaimed new film “Whiz Kids” on November 9; the Maryland Premiere of the touching documentary “The Kids Grow Up” on November 23; and capping the season will be the award winning film about Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour—one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—entitled “Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love” on December 14.

In addition, CinemArts and the Frederick Film Festival will be bringing to the Weinberg Center year one of the Maryland International Kids FilmFest on November 20-21. The event will feature about 100 short films for children presented over the two days. More information will be available at MIKFF.com.

Third Annual Movie/Music Event on November 5th, 2006

For the third year in a row, CinemArts will present a pairing of great acoustic Americana music with a film documentary on a similar subject. The event will take place in the Pavilion of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center and will feature the music of Washing Area Music Award winning band Dead Men's Hollow followed by a presentation of the Jerry Garcia/David Grisman documentary "Grateful Dawg." Showtime is 2pm on Sunday, November 5.

This year's offering, the film "Grateful Dawg" tells the story of the decades' long friendship of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. The two shared a passion for stringed instruments, harmonizing, and the music of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe.

The film not only includes live performances from the pair but also very personal and telling "home movies" of the two hanging out, playing music, and generally enjoying the other's passion for the music they both obviously loved. It is hard not to be swept up in their enthusiasm for this most American of musical traditions when you watch them. It is also hard not to suddenly realize how little one actually knew about this side of someone as ubiquitous to a certain generation as Jerry Garcia.

While it is about the music, it is also a film about friendship. It shows without question that what brought these two together back in the early 1960s was the deep-seated hold this music has on so many souls. But what is more remarkable is that the film shows that what kept these two guys together was a deep and abiding love and admiration for the other. There is a quote in the film from a mutual friend that the two were "hatched from the same cosmic egg" and there are few films that can properly show that with any degree of skill. This is one. It is about the music, but it's about friends as well.

Prior to the show will be a live concert from regional roots music band Dead Men's Hollow. The band - fronted by three-part female harmonies and backed by fiddle, upright bass, and guitar - weaves together its signature sound from traditional American old time, bluegrass, southern gospel and country blues music. But other inspirations may surprise the unwary listener and no two Dead Men's Hollow shows are quite the same as they seem to take their cue from the audience, the venue, and the vibe.

DMH has been performing together for more than five years and released their second full-length CD "Two Timin'" in September. A collection of standards and original tunes, the album promises to be as successful as their first release, "Forever True," which was nominated for six Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) last year and took home three of the awards, including Best Debut Album Across all Genres - a great honor.

The group is no stranger to Frederick with recent shows at the Festival of the Arts, Sunday Bluegrass at the Cultural Arts Center, and a 2nd Saturday Concert at the Unity Church. They have also recently played the Kennedy Center and have been invited to Ft. Riley, Kansas to entertain the troops and their families at Christmas for the second year running.

Red Shipley, host of local NPR station WAMU's Stained Glass Bluegrass show, says it best when he says, "Do not be deceived by the name of the group. Dead Men's Hollow's music is live and lively and oh, so powerful."


CinemArts Changes Primary Venue to the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

Beginning August 1, 2006, CinemArts will be showing films at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Educational Center. The new partnership hopes to add to the Center by bringing a componant of the "visual arts" that was under-represented there. CinemArts feels fortunate to be able to partner with the Center and we believe the relationship will be a good match. So join us at the Delaplaine!


Second Annual Bluegrass Night - November 20 at 7:30pm

The Press Release for our Bluegrass Event:

Bluegrass reigns at the Cultural Arts Center in November thanks to CinemArts. For the second year in a row, the local nonprofit film organization presents a pairing of bluegrass documentary and live bluegrass concert in downtown Frederick. The night of bluegrass entertainment begins at 7:30pm on Sunday, November 20.

This year's offering, the film "King of Bluegrass: The Life and Times of Jimmy Martin" tells the story of one of the most colorful figure in bluegrass music who died earlier this year. The documentary follows Jimmy Martin's lifelong quest to reach his childhood dream of becoming a regular cast member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Known for his flamboyant dress, crazed hunting trips, and brash behavior, Jimmy Martin is the rebel child of bluegrass music.

The documentary interweaves the tale of Martin's quest with recently shot footage that captures the essence of the man and his music. The film crew followed Martin on tour throughout the south and midwest, capturing unique moments backstage, onstage, and on the road. Interviews were conducted with bluegrass and country music stars such as Ralph Stanley, Tom T. Hall, Marty Stuart, JD Crowe, Paul Williams, Bill Emerson and others.

Following the show will a live concert from Northern Virginia-based bluegrass band Dead Men's Hollow. The band - fronted by three-part female harmonies and backed by fiddle, upright bass, and guitar - weaves together its signature sound from traditional American old time, bluegrass, southern gospel and country blues music, shown nowhere as beautifully than the harmonies on their version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

However, their influences run deeper than the country section of the record store. This is most apparent in their bluegrassed version of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" which, had you never heard the original, you would swear had always been a bluegrass tune.

Dead Men's Hollow has been together for four years and recently released its first full-length CD, Forever True, mixes secular and sacred American traditional songs with a number of wonderful original songs. Red Shipley, host of local NPR station WAMU's Stained Glass Bluegrass show, says, "Do not be deceived by the name of the group. Dead Men's Hollow's music is live and lively and oh, so powerful."

Admission the event is only $10 and available in advance on the organization's webpage at: www.CinemArts.org. The address of the Cultural Arts Center is 15 West Patrick Street in beautiful downtown Frederick.

CinemArts' bluegrass presentation in November 2004 featured the documentary "Bluegrass Journey" which was followed by the band Blue Daze. The show sold out so CinemArts encourages those interested to get to the Cultural Arts Center early or buy tickets in advance.

CinemArts is a local nonprofit organization that brings independent, foreign, and underscreened films to the Frederick area every other Tuesday throughout the year and has recently announced its new schedule. Upcoming shows include the acclaimed documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom" on November 22; the award-winning film about a wheelchair rugby league, "Murderball," on December 8; the French classic "Jules et Jim" on December 22; and, on an extra holiday showdate, the American indie film "Off the Map" on December 29. The complete schedule is available at: www.CinemArts.org.


Free Film Event

Seeds of Peace kicks off Seagoing Cowboy Conference

On Friday August 12, 2005 at 7 pm at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster MD, the film SEEDS OF PEACE, a documentary that chronicles the experiences of young persons from historically warring nations as they examine culturally based hatred and strive to work for peaceful solutions at a camp in Maine will be screened. (www.seedsthemovie.com) Tickets are free but reservations are suggested: 410.848.7272

This film is the kick off to the Passing on the Gift Conference that commemorates the legacy of seagoing cowboys (WW2 conscientious objectors) and the impact of Maryland peace churches on peace activism worldwide. This event is the culmination of my thesis research on the beginnings of Heifer International and will take place at the Brethren Service Center, New Windsor MD, August 13, 10 - 6 pm.

For more information about the conference, contact Kathleen Campanella 410.635.8747 for a brochure or download the pdf file from heifer.org.

Please forward this information to anyone who might be interested in the search for peace and the work of conscientious objectors during WW2.



CinemArts Gets 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status

We just got our notice from the IRS that CinemArts has been approved as a 501(c)(3) public arts charity. While we have always been a nonprofit organization, this recognition by the IRS allows us to make any donations made to us tax-deductable and shows a recognition of our arts mission in the community!

Bluegrass Concert After "Bluegrass Journey" on Nov. 30!!

CinemArts is proud to announce that we'll be having a live bluegrass performance by the acclaimed bluegrass band Blue Daze AFTER our November 30th showing of the documentary "Bluegrass Journey"!!! We're very excited about this and we'll have more information posted shortly as we're still working out the details. This event is sponsored by the Tri-State Bluegrass Association. You can find out more about the association at their website, and more about the band at their website. Thanks to Linda Lookadoo for making this whole thing possible! Check out her website for more Bluegrass info: www.linda.cjb.net. More info on the way!


Second Showing of Super Size Me Added!

Due to popular demand, we've added a second showing of the acclaimed documentary "Super Size Me" on October 5 at 9:30. More choices, because you deserve a break today.



We have managed to get the surcharge for online ticket sales lowered from $0.75 to $0.50 per ticket. Ok, so it's only a quarter...but if you come to EVERY show, as we hope you do, that could really add up.


CinemArts Featured on Cable 10's Artscape

Watch for us on Thursday, May 27 at 6pm, 8pm, 10pm! THEN log on to our Forum (click the tab on top of the page) and tell us how uncomfortable we looked on TV.



Since our opening, the comment we've heard the most is the need for online ticket sales.

So we listened...and we're going to try it. If it works out, we'll do it for the rest of the movies.

So, starting with our June 1st feature, Whale Rider, you will be able to purchase tickets to the show and pick them up at the Will Call table the night of the show.

The good news: No worries about missing the show because it's sold out.

The bad news: There is a $0.75 surcharge/ticket for the service. It's PayPal's cut.

We've made it very easly for you. On the schedule page, under the movie poster pic, is a button that says "Buy Now." Click that button, have your credit card handy and follow the directions to buy your tickets.

It's that easy!

Once you've made your purchase, please go to the forum tab at the top of the page and leave a note there about how the experience worked for you.


CinemArts got a couple very nice write-ups in both the Frederick News-Post and Frederick Gazette on May 11, 2004.

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