A movie about recovery advocacy

Hey, y’all. Richard James, founder of the Billtown Film Festival has been very busy lately with a number of community social groups. He apologizes for being negligent in maintaining this blog. He has joined forces with a group called RCI, Recovery Community Initiative. Their goal is to reduce the stigma associated with drug abuse. Because of feelings of guilt and shame, many people suffering from addictions don’t get the help that they need. In the US, untreated addictions costs over 600 billion a year in lost production revenue and healthcare expenses!

RCI in partnership with Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow will show the documentary, The Anonymous People at the Price Auditorium, at Lock Haven University at 6pm on September 24, 2014. If you are in the neighborhood check it out. RCI hopes to bring other important films about America’s drug addiction problems to the big screen. So stay tuned…

 

Harbinger Down coming to Williamsport?

Williamsport favorite son, Academy Award winner for special effects, Tom Woodruff, Jr. has new new movie coming out. It’s called Harbinger Down. The trailer looks scary. Reminds me of the “The Thing” except the location is on a a ship.

Tom and his partner Alec Gillis are graduates from the Stan Winston creature shop that gave the world such great monsters as Terminator, Predator and Alien. Now they operate their own creature shop, studioADI. They are trying to revive the art of practical creature effects. And bring more jobs back to Hollywood.

Computer Generated Images can give us fantastic impossible scenes but there is a quality of an actual lens capturing a real 3-dimensional object that is lost. I hope Tom and Alec are successful.

Lorena Beniquez of the Central Pennsylvania Film Office is hopeful that Tom will return home to show his film in Williamsport. We have our fingers crossed.

FREE PASSES!

Billtown Film Festival in cooperation with the Williamsport DigiPlex Cinema Center management will be giving away 7 free passes to alternative events programs. These passes will be valid for 2014 (one pass per event).

The Williamsport Digiplex Cinema Center is not just about movies anymore. Because of their recent technological upgrades the downtown Williamsport movie theater can now offer alternative digital events, including ballet and opera performances, concerts, Broadway shows, sporting events, and special films and documentaries.

Click Leave a Reply and In comments section, answer the following question: “What actor played the title role in the classic movie, Citizen Kane?” The first seven people to correctly answer this bit of movie buff trivia will receive a free pass to an alternative event.

So if you want more than the typical comic book blockbuster action flick, you now have a range of new choices to choose from. There’s something for everybody! Check out what’s happening this month, April 2014!

Monday 4/14/2014 - The Current (Christian Film)

Wednesday 1/16/2014 - TCM presents And The Oscar Goes To (Documentary)

Thursday 4/17/2014 – The Current (Christian Film)

Friday – Thursday 4/18-4/24/2014 – Thank You for Judging (Film)

Sunday – 4/20/2014 – Moulin Rouge (Ballet)

Tuesday – 4/22/2014 – The Current (Christian Film)

Thursday – 4/24/2014 – Shatner’s World (Comedy Rated – R)

Saturday – 2/26/2014 – Cosi Fan Tutte (Met Opera – LIVE!)

Sunday – 2/27/2014 -  Kinderblock (Documentary)

Sunday – 2/27/2014 – Marco Spada (Ballet)

Tuesday – 2/29/2014 – Marco Spada (Ballet)

Wednesday – 2/30/2014 – Kinderblock (Documentary)

Wednesday – 2/30/2014 - Cosi Fan Tutte (Met Opera – ENCORE!)

Through a special arrangement with Williamsport DigiPlex, Billtown Film Festival will be giving away FREE Promotional Passes to these digital alternative events. The passes are valid for the year (for 2014- all alternative events- one event only per pass)

For more information about Alternative Events at Williamsport DigiPlex click here. Click on Alternative Events on menu bar or check the ads on right hand side of the webpage.

Cash for Kids goes to Washington

Csh for Kids at CAC

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey’s office announced a screening of the documentary, Cash for Kids in Washington DC. We’re glad the Senator will be presenting the film on Wednesday April 9th at 6pm but we think Central Pennsylvanians are not going to drive 4 hours to see the movie. The good news is that Williamsport’s Community Arts Center will be screening it in May.

So if you can’t make the Senator’s showing, just wait a few weeks. We know the anticipation is unbearable but hang in there. It’ll be well worth the wait. Want to know more about Senator Casey’s screening? Click here.

Kids for Cash is the story of young people being harshly sentenced and incarcerated for minor and sometimes insignificant offenses by President Judge Mark Ciavarella in Luzerne County. Thousands of children were sent to a for-profit private owned institution… and the judge received monies for every kid he sent there. Directed by Robert May. Runtime: 142 minutes.

Indies Explosion in Williamsport, Pa.

 

 

Hey I got good news. There’s has been an explosion of independent movies on screens in Williamsport Pa.! Yep, that’s right. Indies! Movies are back in a big way in Billtown. And we are glad to see it. The James V. Brown Library has announced that they are participating in a special program sponsored the Sundance Institute and US federal cultural agencies to bring culturally enriching films across America. Check out their webpage here. So mark your calendar and explore the world of independent films. This is the kind of stuff you won’t see at your typical multiplex.

Here’s the lineup:

The World Before Her
Tuesday, April 15, 7-9 p.m., G-11, Heim Science Building, Lycoming College


If you Build It
Friday, April 18, 6-8 p.m., Lowry Theatre, Welch Wing, James V. Brown Library


Twenty Feet From Stardom
Tuesday, April 22, 6-9 p.m., Community Arts Center


Circles
Friday, April 25, 6-9 p.m., Lowry Theatre, Welch Wing, James V. Brown Library

 

Kids for Cash is coming to Williamsport

I am sure you have heard of the scandal by now. But in case you haven’t, here’s the gist of it: Teens and young adults received harsh sentences by a county court judge for minor offenses and insignificant crimes. It turns out the privately run institution that incarcerated the young people was paying bribe money to the judge! Thousands of kids were jailed, many lives were destroyed. One young man committed suicide… and the judge was eventually put behind bars.

Well, see the documentary, Kids For Cash at the Community Arts Center Thursday May 29th and Friday May 30th, 2014. 7pm both nights. Only 5 bucks!

SHOW DATES:
Thursday, May 29 at 7:00pm
Friday, May 30 at 7:00pm
Rated PG-13
All tickets are $5 at the door

I’m ready for my close up Pittsburgh

Williamsport Pennsylvania needs a reality show. Pittsburgh is getting one. (Yeah, like they need another attention-grabbing resource.) The word is out that a reality show called The Chair is currently filming in the Steeltown and will be on a premium cable channel soon. The show will document the trials and tribulations of two film crews making movies based on the same script. The show will be centered in and around Pittsburgh, Pa. No news on when the show will air.

Check it out HERE

What’s new with BFF?

Hello everyone. Its Springtime again. Usually, the BFF team would be hard at work putting the final touches to the BFF Program, but this year is different. We’re in a reorganization mode. We’ve made some executive decisions, we are re-evaluating our options and formulating new goals. Yeah, I know that sounds a little vague. But we intend to come back stronger than ever later on in the year.

So watch this space for updates. In the meantime, enjoy some movies!

The Community Arts Center has been bringing quality films to the big screen for only 5 bucks! They are currently showing the Academy Award nominated film Philomena. Get the ticket info on their website here.

The DigiPlex Cinema Center in Williamsport is expanding to 11 screens. Workers are renovating the larger auditoriums into smaller ones. This means that more movies will be shown on more screens!

Well, that’s it for now. See ya’ in da movies!

Happy New Year – Nominations are in…


Okay, which film will win best picture at the 2014 Academy Awards in March? They all look great don’t they? Man! Some really hard decisions have to be made. Too bad they all can’t take home the gold little man.

Which is your favorite?

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf on Wall Street

 

I think American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are neck and neck, with Her,  Dallas Buyers Club and the Wolf on Wall Street a half a length behind. I give the long shot to Nebraska or Philomena. I don’t see Captain Phillips in the home stretch…

Goodbye Mr. OToole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter O’Toole was one of our favorite actors. We’re saddened to hear of his passing on December 14, 2013. He was 81. His last theatrical film was Venus (2006), directed by Roger Mitchell. Here’s the promo blurb from the DVD jacket: “Academy Award nominee Peter O’Toole (2006 Best Actor) leads a powerful to deliver a charming and poignant portrayal of Maurice, an aging veteran actor who becomes absolutely taken with Jessie – the grandniece of his closest friend. When Maurice tries to soften the petulant and provincial young girl with the benefit of his wisdom and London culture, their give-and-take surprises Maurice and Jessie as they discover what they don’t know about themselves.”

This film may be O’Toole’s greatest onscreen performance and that’s including his breakout role, Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Venus is an excellent exit film for a fine actor.