We have shown films at different times in the past at the Tree House, but it’s not easy to do. The set-up is laborious, the speakers inadequate, the whole thing a bit too Heath Robinson, and more than I’ve felt able to commit to regularly.
All of that is about to change!
We are getting the projector and screen fixed to the ceiling, new speakers, and the whole thing wired in and connected to allow us simply to plug in a DVD player or laptop without all the palaver and back-breaking shifting of stuff. This will also mean more room for seats and no wires potentially tripping people up!
This will also make art lectures and any other talks and presentations much easier.
We need £1800 to make this happen, and I am raising that partly through a crowdfunder that basically asks people to buy film club membership or lecture attendance in advance. There are different levels of pledge, from £5 upwards. I am applying for a grant to cover the rest, but will also be doing some in-store fundraisers, and we have another possible sponsor looking at helping with some of the funding too. After just 5 days of the crowdfunder, we have raised £445 – amazing!
We will show films at least twice a month, and the plan is to focus on classic Hollywood and British films, world cinema, and things that are harder to see on television or at the cinema. However, as a club, members will be able to suggest films too – and the annual membership in our crowdfunder gives you the chance to choose a film in the first year. We can do mini-festivals, film days and all sorts. So cool.
The company are booked in to install the equipment on 10 September, and I hope to launch the Film Club in October; we will also be showing a couple of films during Kenilworth Arts Festival (19-28 September).
There is no cinema in Kenilworth, and with Warwick Arts Centre cinema closed for a couple of years, we’re missing our good films! The Talisman Theatre occasionally shows films, and Abbey Cinema shows films for children regularly on Saturday afternoons. But we need more!
There will be no popcorn – too crunchy – but we have ice cream and you can make hot drinks, or BYOB.
Exciting times! If you’d like to sign up, pledge via the crowdfunder, or come and see me at the bookshop. Or come to my art history marathon on Sunday 1 September, 2-5pm – more details on that very soon!
Support the crowdfunder here, or, as I say, come and see me at the bookshop.