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The Cinema Arts Centre will host a five-day celebration of Jewish Cinema and culture, with films that include thoughtful documentaries, captivating dramas, and historically significant films

This May, the Long Island Jewish Film Festival will return to Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre for the festival’s second year. The second season of the Long Island Jewish Film Festival will span five days, May 3rd – May 7th, and will include screenings of films at the forefront of Jewish cultural storytelling.

The festival will feature films that include innovative documentaries, riveting dramas, and rarely seen pieces of film history, all curated by David Schwartz, Curator at Large at the Museum of the Moving Image, who will also host and lead audience discussions after many of the festival’s screenings.

The Long Island Jewish Film Festival was organized to help celebrate the rich cultural traditions and history of the Jewish community in America and abroad. The films highlighted in the festival represent the apex of both historic and modern Jewish cinema, featuring films from over a 100 years ago, through today.

The Long Island Jewish Film Festival will begin on Friday, May 3rd with a screening of powerful historical drama “Kidnapped”. The second day of the festival will feature screenings of three films: the enthralling dramas “The Other Widow” & “The Goldman Case”, as well as the acclaimed new documentary “How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer”. Sunday, the third day of the festival, will include a screening of the historic 1923 silent film “The Ancient Law”, with a live score performed by pianist Donald Sosin & klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals, a screening of the 1980 documentary “Brighton Beach”, featuring a discussion with director Susan Wittenberg in-person, as well as an encore screening of the film “Kidnapped” for those that observe shabbat and couldn’t attend the Friday screening.

The remaining days of the festival will also feature encore screenings of the films “The Goldman Case”, and “The Other Widow”. The screenings of “The Other Widow” and “How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer” will feature pre-record Q&As with the film’s directors and our host and curator David Schwartz.

Public tickets are $16 per screening with the exception of the film “The Ancient Law”, for which public tickets will cost $18.

The Films:

A scene from ‘Kidnapped’

Kidnapped
Friday, May 3rd at 7 PM
& Sunday, May 5th at 7 PM
$16 Public | $10 Members
The great Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio, now 84, has made one of the most stylish and operatic films of his career. Kidnapped depicts the scandalous true story of Edgardo Mortara, a six-year-old Jewish boy who, in 1858, was baptized by his caretaker, and abducted from his family by order of the Pope, to be raised as a Catholic. Edgardo became the center of an international firestorm as his parents fought to retrieve their child from the clutches of a ruthless theocratic government; the case led to historical change. (2023, 134 mins)

Promotional Image from The Other Widow. 2022. Lama Films, Cup of Tea, Tobina Films.

The Other Widow
Saturday, May 4th at 2 PM
& Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM
Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Maayan Rypp
$16 Public | $10 Members
Nominated for 9 Ophir awards (the Israeli Oscars) including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress, this wonderfully observed comedic drama follows Ella (Dana Ivgy) a costume designer who is in a long-term affair with Assaf, a married playwright. When Assaf dies unexpectedly, Ella decides to attend Shiva while keeping her identity under wraps, diving into a world once forbidden to her. Through intimate encounters with his family, she examines her place in his life and eventually demands her legitimate right to mourn. (2022, 83 mins)

A scene from ‘The Goldman Case’

The Goldman Case
Saturday, May 4th at 4 PM
& Monday, May 6th at 7 PM
$16 Public | $10 Members
This gripping courtroom drama delves into the sensational and widely followed 1976 trial of Pierre Goldman, a Jewish activist defending himself against multiple charges, including murder. Goldman steadfastly maintained his innocence, while the facts of his case became a flash point for a generation, raising questions of antisemitism and political ideology. Directed with vérité realism and pinpoint historical precision, The Goldman Case is both subdued and electrifying, communicating so much about the complexity of Jewish identity in recent European history. It was the opening night film in the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes. (2023, 115 mins)

Portrait of Norman Mailer featured in How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer. 2023. Zeitgeist Films. Image provided courtesy of Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber.

How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer
Saturday, May 4th at 7 PM
Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Jeff Zimbalist
$16 Public | $10 Members
Norman Mailer, a towering figure in American literature, had a life that was certainly stranger than fiction. From his formative years in Brooklyn, through his career as a preeminent cultural voice, we follow Mailer’s life through 6 marriages, 9 children, 11 bestselling books and 2 Pulitzer Prizes as he solidifies his place in the literary pantheon. With access to Mailer’s family and never before seen footage, this biography details the life and times of an American icon. (2023,100 mins)

Still from The Ancient Law. 1923. Comedia-Film. Public Domain.

The Ancient Law
Sunday, May 5th at 2 PM
With live score performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals
$18 Public | $12 Members
This rarely seen silent film from Weimar Era Germany tells the dramatic story of Baruch, a young shtetl Jew and the son of a Rabbi, who leaves his family and community, seeking a secular career as a stage actor. Featuring wonderful scenes depicting shtetl life, the film paints a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity. Like so many other Jewish artists of the era, director E.A. Dupont and star Ernst Deutsch were both forced to flee their homelands as the Nazis rose to power.  (1923, 128 mins)

Still from Brighton Beach. 1980. Carol Stein and Susan Wittenberg. Courtesy of Indiecollect.

Brighton Beach
Sunday, May 5th at 5 PM
With director Susan Wittenberg in-person
$16 Public | $10 Members
Set against the iconic Coney Island boardwalk, Brighton Beach is a neighborhood in constant re-formation. This 1980 documentary offers a genuine portrait of the immigrant communities that changed the Brooklyn neighborhood—mostly Soviet Jews and Puerto Ricans—as they mingle on the boardwalk with long-time residents, eye one another, and coexist around a shared sense of uprootedness. From directors Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein, Brighton Beach is an unposed, seductively shot, color film about life’s simple pleasures and the creating of a community. (2080, 55 mins)

Location:
Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

You can purchase tickets or find more information about these and other events on the Cinema Arts Centre website: www.cinemaartscentre.org

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15 years after the release of the first acclaimed Oscar Nominated documentary, Food, Inc. is back for seconds.

The original film debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, taking a deep dive into the ways corporate agriculture produces food in ways that can be unhealthy for animals, people and the planet. It met with critical acclaim including an Oscar nomination and two Emmy wins, and even inspired some to make total lifestyle changes.

‘Food, Inc. 2’ once again calls on Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, to help reexamine the United States food system in a more modern context. Talking to farmers, academics, producers, activists and even United States Senators Cory Booker and Jon Tester, the filmmakers seek to examine all layers of food production from farm to store, while also searching for solutions to the complex problems discovered throughout the investigation.

Join the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington for a special screening of Food, Inc. 2 on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $16, $10 members. To purchase in advance, visit www.cinemaartscentre.org.

See trailer here.

 

Daniel French. Photo courtesy of CAC

By Kevin Redding

“Answer the question, same category…Name the killer in Friday the 13th.”

Ghostface, the masked slasher in Scream, dishes out a fatal round of movie trivia over the phone to Drew Barrymore’s character in the heart-pounding opening of the 1996 meta-horror classic.

Over in Huntington, in the summer of 1997 when Scream was newly available on VHS, Daniel French, now 38, remembers his parents bringing the movie home—making sure to send their kid to bed before watching the R-rated stab-a-thon unfold. But French, obsessed with movies from a young age, snuck out of his bedroom and watched the entire thing from the hallway that led into the living room.

Daniel French. Photo courtesy of CAC

It was a viewing that “blew his mind,” with all the film references in Scream ultimately sending him down a path of discovery of other movies and deep-dives into directors, from John Carpenter to Alfred Hitchcock.

“Movies have been my number one, constant passion ever since,” said French, the host of Cinema Arts Centre’s monthly Movie Trivia Night since 2016. But no worries, the game of trivia that usually takes place the first Monday of each month in the theater’s Sky Room Café is “much less dire” than Ghostface’s. 

“I just want everyone to do well and have fun. When you think about the Cinema Arts Centre, you think independent films, foreign films, less mainstream movies, but I don’t want people to think they have to know who directed ‘M.’ It’s everything: a well-rounded, accessible experience for everybody.”

For every trivia night, French devises a fresh batch of 50 questions across five rounds revolving around film, actors and actresses, famous needledrops, awards, and more. 

One such question in a previous trivia was “What actress won Best Supporting Actress for ‘My Cousin Vinny?’” For one of the music rounds, the hint was “Directed by John Hughes” followed by a clip of “Danke Schoen” from…Anyone? Anyone? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

A tense tie-breaker was a reading of the cast list, from the bottom to top, of Jaws; the first team to correctly guess the movie title based on its minor actors won.

French, who joked that he battles with his film geek self not to have a whole category dedicated to the works of David Lynch, does bring a personal flair to the questions: “You know that during Halloween, there’s going to be a Scream question, and you better believe there’s going to be a question about one of my favorite movies Carol and a The Nice Guys question for Christmas.”

Each team writes their answers on a sheet of paper that’s graded and at the end of the night, there’s a final tally to determine the winner. With an average of 50 to 60 people attending the event every month, French says there’s no limit to the amount of people on each team—but keep in mind that the winning team earns a cash prize of $100; the second place team receives up to four Cinema Arts Centre gift cards, with a value of $24 each; and the third place team gets to come up with a category for the next month’s trivia.

Plus, concessions, including the beloved CAC popcorn, are open late so “you can have some snacks, have a beer or two, and just talk movies.”

French, who works in insurance full-time and is married with two kids, said of getting to host the event every month, “It’s incredible and just so much fun. It’s something I genuinely enjoy doing, I like seeing the regulars, and it blows my mind every time that people keep coming back. It’s a special feeling for me personally and it’s a good little community that we’ve built. I’m surprised they’re letting me get away with it still!”

Since French was old enough to get into bars, he’s been participating in trivia nights. But he’s the first to admit that when there weren’t movie or TV categories included in general trivia, he’d get upset. “I’ve got a specific set of skills that I’m pretty good at, but if those don’t come up, it’s tough sledding,” he laughed. But in 2014, he started going to movie-only trivia at his go-to theater, Cinema Arts Centre.

For two years, he gathered to eat, drink, compete, and talk about movies, even forming a close friendship with a rival team member—when she got married years later, he was in her wedding party. “You keep showing up, talking to people, and you already know you got one thing in common: a love of movies,” he said. The event had a rotating cast of hosts throughout this stretch, and in April 2016, he eventually approached the theater about giving the job a shot.

“Daniel French and his super entertaining Movie Trivia Night have become a fixture here at Cinema Arts Centre,” said Dylan Skolnick, co-director of the theater. “This event is a delight for true movie lovers, especially those with a competitive streak.”

Located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington, the Cinema Arts Centre will host Movie Trivia Nights on Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 4. Tickets are $10 per person, $7 members at www.cinemaartscentre.com or at the box office. For more information, call 631-423-7610.

Gerald Dickens

To celebrate the start of the Christmas season, Gerald Dickens, the great-great Grandson of author Charles Dickens, will perform a live one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.” The show will be performed live at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre on Saturday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays over 30 characters using vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.

Gerald Dickens’ breathtaking one-man performance of his great-great grandfather’s epic Christmas tale is a theatrical tour de force. Gerald Dickens delivers an extraordinary performance in his one-man play of the classic Christmas story, depicting all of the individual characters with clarity and a mesmerizing energy. He is able to communicate the fear and angst of Scrooge, while offering us a poignant glimpse into the Cratchit family’s life. And, of course, Gerald infuses bits of laughter throughout the play.

Gerald Dickens is an actor, director and producer and the great-great grandson of the author Charles Dickens. In 1993 he created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ inspired by Charles Dickens’ own energetic readings of the 1860s.

A Christmas Carol: Dickens’s most famous ghost story was an instant success upon its release in 1843. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly man who hates Christmas. Scrooge started a business with Jacob Marley, who was very similar to Scrooge prior to his death, but after Marley’s passing, Scrooge has run the business on his own. One night Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, who warns Scrooge about the fate that awaits him if he does not become a better person. Marley tells Scrooge that in the coming nights he will be visited by three more ghosts. Initially Scrooge fails to take the warning seriously but as the ghostly visits become more terrifying, Scrooge begins to realize that he must change his ways, eventually learning the importance of charity and friendship.

Copies of Gerald Dickens’ critically acclaimed new book, Dickens and Staplehurst: A Biography of a Rail Crash, will also be available at this event.

Additional Event Information:

Date:

Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM

Location:

Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

Fees:

Performance and Book:
$45 Public | $40 Cinema Arts Centre Members

Performance Only:
$30 Public | $25 Cinema Arts Centre Members

Tickets:

https://bit.ly/GerlandDickensAChristmasCarol

You can purchase tickets or find more information about these and other events on the Cinema Arts Centre website:www.cinemaartscentre.org

Cinema Arts Centre's new series will kick off with 'Ladybird' on Oct. 6.

December 1st, 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Cinema Arts Centre (CAC). To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the Huntington cinema will introduce a new series, CAC Through the Decades. The series will commemorate each decade that the Cinema Arts Centre has been in operation by presenting special screenings of some of the most important and popular films shown at CAC throughout its history.

The cinema was founded by Founded by Vic Skolnick, Charlotte Sky and Dylan Skolnick December 1st 1973 as the New Community Cinema – later changing its name to the Cinema Arts Centre following a move into the Town of Huntington’s John J. Flanagan Center. 

Co-Founders Vic Skolnick and Charlotte Sky, with their son Dylan, were passionate organizers who sought to bring Long Islanders together to create a movement around film culture that would eventually help shape and define the very character of our area, now renowned as a cultural destination and an arts-rich community. 

Robert Rossen’s ‘Lilith’ will be screened on Dec. 1.

Long-time supporters of the Cinema often reminisce about the “sheet-on-the-wall” days, when films were projected from a borrowed projector in a friend’s dance studio. From those early days, the Cinema Arts Centre has expanded into a state-of-the art theater with film and digital projection capabilities, newly renovated theaters, and a multi-use space called the Sky Room Café.  

Today, the Cinema Arts Centre presents approximately 400 special screenings and events a year, along with a full slate of new release first-run features. Regular special programming includes film and discussion programs with film historians, directors, and critics, silent films with a live score, historically significant classics, international cinema, educational lectures, classes and workshops, live music, open mic nights, as well as weekly screenings of cult and family favorites.

CAC Through the Decades will launch on Oct. 6 with a screening of Greta Gerwig’s award-winning coming-of-age comedy/drama Ladybird which will represent the 2010s. The 2000s will be represented by a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth on Oct. 10, the 1990s with a screening of the Coen Brother’s The Big Lebowski on Nov. 3, and the 1980s with a screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing on Nov. 17. Each screening will include a reception with fundraising raffles and other fun activities. 

The series will culminate on Dec. 1 with a special celebration that will span the entirety of the Cinema Arts Centre’s space, including its three theaters, each of which will play an iconic and celebrated film shown at the Cinema during its early days in the 1970s. 

Audience members will have the opportunity to attend one of three film screenings — Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Robert Altman’s Nashville, or Robert Rossen’s Lilith — which was the first film ever screened by the Cinema Arts Centre. Following the screenings on Dec. 1, the Cinema will hold an anniversary party and reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and even a film projected on a sheet on the wall as a call back to the Cinema’s early days.

The films featured in the series were selected, and voted on by close Cinema Arts Centre supporters, staff members, a committee of dedicated volunteers, and the CAC Board of Directors. 

Tickets to the Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 screenings are $22, $15 members; tickets to the Dec. 1 event are $40, $30 members. You can purchase tickets to these and other events, and find more information about how to support the Cinema Arts Centre at www.cinemaartscentre.org.

Pop-up market at the Cinema Arts Centre. Hosted by the Perks Department. Photo credit: Nate Close

On Saturday, September 30 from noon to 5 p.m., Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre will host the Bizarre Bazaar  pop up market, a vintage, oddities, art, and alternative shopping experience in partnership with The Perks Department. The Bizarre Bazaar will feature a curated selection from Long Islands best makers, pickers, and artists to kick off the Halloween season. The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Visitors can expect vintage Halloween decor, rare CDS, vinyl, and cassettes, witchy art and crafts, specialty coffee, pottery, graphic Ts and buttons, collectables and oddities for your curio or just your seasonal decor. Vegan food and beverages, treats, and snacks will also be available.

The Perks Department also organizes the late-night pop-up market, Great All-Nighter, as well as the annual LI Goth Prom.

Local vendors at the 2023 Bizarre Bazaar include Mystery Trails, Vinyl Paradise, Three Moons Company, Sweetbriar Nature Center,Nautilus Roasting Co, Danielle V Designs, The Ceramic Skull, Bowman & Butcher, Designs By Die, Normandie Syken, Windows Down Zine, Papyrusaurus & Pickle Island and more.

Event Information:

Date: Saturday, September 30th from 12 PM to 5 PM

Location: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

Fees: Free Entry

You can find information about other upcoming events on the Cinema Arts Centre website, www.cinemaartscentre.org or call 631-423-7610.

 

A scene from 'Notorious.'
The six-film retrospective will coincide with the legendary director’s birthday and will feature many of his most iconic films
Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Psycho. Photo credit Eve Arnold. 1959-1960.

Beginning on Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. and running through Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will present a retrospective of the films of master director Alfred Hitchcock. For six consecutive days, the Cinema will present a daily screening of one of Hitchcock’s greatest films. Each of the six film screenings will feature an introduction by local film historians who will discuss the history of the film, provide, and explore the impact of some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most influential and acclaimed works.

Considered the father of the thriller genre, and dubbed the “Master of Suspense”, Hitchcock directed over fifty feature films throughout a career that spanned from the silent era in the 1920s into the late 1970s. Today, he is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema, having pioneered many editing and camera techniques that have since become staples of modern cinema. Known for his signature blend of macabre, suspense, sex, and offbeat humor, Hitchcock is still among the most admired of film directors.

The films included in the retrospective are Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Notorious, Vertigo, and Shadow of a Doubt.

The Cinema Arts Centre hopes to offer both Hitchcock fanatics, and those looking to see the films for the first time, the rare opportunity to see these groundbreaking and exhilarating films on the big screen.

Film info:

Janet Leigh in Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock. 1960. Paramount Pictures. Image courtesy of Universal Film Exchange.

Psycho
Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Film Historian Glenn Andreiev
Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, a man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother, whose old house and motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. Nobody knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious shower-scene. First an investigator, then Marion’s sister (Vera Miles) search for her, the suspense mounting to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed. (USA, 1960, 109 mins, English | Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Strangers on a Train
Saturday, August 12 at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Film Historian Philip Harwood
“Your wife. My father. Criss cross.” In Alfred Hitchcock’s standout thriller, adapted from the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith, the cheerful yet malevolent Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), recognizes his fellow train passenger, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger). After an introduction and a round of drinks, they continue their conversation over lunch. Revealing his knowledge of Guy’s marital problems, Bruno offers an interesting proposition: quid pro quo murders. Appalled, Guy declines, but the chance encounter will set in motion a bizarre and deadly chain of events. (USA, 1951, 101 mins, English | Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

 

James Stewart in Rear Window. Alfred Hitchcock. 1954. Paramount Pictures. Image courtesy of Universal Film Exchange

Rear Window
Sunday, August 13 at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Film Historian Glenn Andreiev
In this intriguing, macabre visual study of obsessive human curiosity and voyeurism, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries (James Stewart) enters his last week of home confinement, bored and anxious, and stuck inside with a broken leg. Jeff has been spending his days sitting in a wheelchair, watching his neighbors through the rear window of his Greenwich Village apartment. Despite the skepticism of his fashion-model girlfriend (Grace Kelly), Jeffries becomes convinced he has witnessed a murder and is set on solving the mystery. (USA, 1954, 112 mins, English | Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

 

Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in Notorious. 1946. RKO Radio Pictures. Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Notorious
Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Film Historian Philip Harwood
A thriller of rare perfection, Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious represents a pinnacle of both its director’s legendary career and classic Hollywood cinema. In this anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity, Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia, a woman with a checkered past recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave intelligence agent. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South America. (USA, 1946, 102 mins, English | Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Vertigo
Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Film Historian Philip Harwood
Alfred Hitchcock’s intensely personal, self-revealing picture, is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Starring James Stewart as a former detective with a crippling fear of heights, Vertigo, is the story of a man who is possessed by the image of a lost love who becomes increasingly consumed with trying to recreate that image. Co-starring Kim Novak in dual roles, this timeless thriller about obsession is among Hitchcock’s most influential works. (USA, 1958, 128 mins, English | Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Shadow of a Doubt
Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Film Historian Glenn Andreiev
What starts out as a charming portrait of idyllic small-town life gradually darkens into one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most devastating thrillers. Teenage Charlie’s (Teresa Wright) illusions about her beloved Uncle (Joseph Cotten) are shattered by the suspicion that he may be the diabolical Merry Widow serial killer. As secrets are revealed, she will need to make hard choices that could end up destroying her family. Thought to be Hitchcock’s personal favorite, Shadow of a Doubt is perhaps his ultimate evocation of evil nesting among the ordinary. (USA, 1943, 108 mins, English | Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Fees per screening:

Public $15 | Cinema Arts Centre Members $10

You can also purchase tickets or find more information about this and other events on the Cinema Arts Centre website:www.cinemaartscentre.org

A scene from 'West Side Story'. Photo courtesy of CAC

Something special is coming to the Cinema Arts Centre. As part of its Best of the Big Screen series, the theater will present a rare big screen viewing of West Side Story (1961) on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. with an introduction by film historian Philip Harwood.

A modern reimagining of Romeo and Juliet, two street gangs battle for control over the harsh streets of the Upper West Side. Their conflict becomes complicated when a former gang-leader falls in love with a rival’s sister. Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, West Side Story holds the record for most wins for a musical. Filled with remarkable dance numbers and elevated by Robert Wise’s brilliant direction, Leonard Bernstein’s score, and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, it is regarded as the greatest musical film of all time.

Tickets are $15, $10 members here.

And make sure to check out the list of other classic films that the theater will be showing this summer, including Planet of the Apes,  Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, some great films for their Film Noir series, and a special Alfred Hitchcock retrospective!

Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington. For more information, call 631-423-7610 or visit www.cinemaartscentre.org.

Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in a scene from His Girl Friday, 1940 Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures & Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

On Thursday, July 13, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre will launch a new film and discussion series, presented in partnership with Wallace Matthews, former columnist for Newsday, the New York Post and ESPN. The series will use the medium of film to examine the relationship between Hollywood and the News.

Titled This Just In! The love-hate relationship between Hollywood and the News Media, the series will begin by looking at films from Hollywood’s pre-code era, and move throughout history, examining films that depict newsrooms and journalists — analyzing how they have been depicted in the movies throughout different periods of history. Each program will feature a film screening followed by an audience discussion led by Matthews.

The first three films covered in the series will be Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page, Mervyn LeRoy’s Five Star Final, and Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday.

‘The Front Page’

Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago’s reporter Hildy Johnson (Pat O’Brien) wants to quit newspaper work and get married, but his editor, Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou), is determined to keep him on the job. The court pressroom is full of lame reporters, all waiting to cover the hanging of Earl Williams. When Williams escapes custody, Hildy seizes the opportunity and bribes an insider to get the scoop on the escape. Can he keep Williams’ whereabouts secret long enough to get the scoop, especially with the Sheriff and other reporters hovering around? 

‘Five Star Final’

Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Edward G. Robinson stars as Joseph Randall, the ruthless newspaper-editor who will go to any length to get a headline for the Five Star Final. Facing declining circulation, he decides to dig up a 20-year-old killing. He sends reporter Vernon Isopod (Boris Karloff) undercover to get a photograph of Nancy Townsend as she prepares for her daughter’s wedding. Now a pillar of society, Townsend shot her lover decades ago. But there are tragic consequences when Randall publishes the photo of Townsend with the story of the shooting. 

‘His Girl Friday’

Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson — who is matched only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter (Cary Grant), who attempts to use every tick in the book to keep her from remarrying. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s play The Front Page, Howard Hawks had the idea of turning reporter Hildy into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with ebullient remarriage comedy. 

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The Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave in Huntington. Tickets to the films are $15, $10 members. For more information on this and other events at the CAC, call 631-423-7610 or visit www.cinemaartscentre.org.

A scene from 'Radioactive'

Never-before-told revelations regarding The Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant accident on March 28, 1979 are the subjects of Stony Brook University Professor Heidi Hutner’s new feature-length documentary “Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island.”  The documentary will be shown at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue in Huntington on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and will also include a Q & A moderated by Kelly McMasters with stars Beth Drazba, Paula Kinney, Linda Braasch, Joyce Corradi, Joanne Doroshow, and editor and producer Simeon Hutner followed by a reception.

In addition to actress Jane Fonda, whose fictional film about a nuclear reactor meltdown, “The China Syndrome,” opened twelve days before the meltdown at Three Mile Island, “Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island”features: 

  • four concerned mothers who worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of their families; 

  • a two-woman legal team who took their battle for the rights of area residents to the Supreme Court

  • a local doctor who maintains many of her patients may be sick because of the accident; 

  •  a scientist who has initiated a new study regarding the impact of the meltdown on the health of the community; 

  • a reporter who recounts the confusing information reporters received  

The film re-examines the official claim by government and company officials that the accident — the worst commercial nuclear reactor meltdown in U.S. history — caused no injuries or deaths. The documentary examines the implications that continue to this day for the community, its residents, and their descendants.

 Watch the trailer here.

Hutner, an associate professor of  ecofeminism and environmental justice in the Department of English,  produced, wrote and directed the documentary, which focuses on people directly affected by the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant meltdown-the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history.

“Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island features: Linda Braasch, Beth Drazba, Joyce Corradi, Paula Kinney, Jane Fonda, Heidi Hutner, Joanne Doroshow, Michelle  LeFever Quinn, Lynne Bernabei, Aaron Datesman, Mary Olson, Dan Steele Braasch, Lake Barrett, Dr. Renu Joshi, Aileen Mioko Smith.  Martijn  Hart serves as director of photography and co-director,  Simeon Hutner serves as producer, and executive producers include Richard Saperstein, Christopher Hormel and Heidi Hutner.

Tickets are $19, $14 members at www.cinemaartscentre.org. For more information, call 631-423-7610.