Venue returns to pre-pandemic programming levels
Returning to a high-profile lineup that welcomed audiences when it reopened in 2019, the Théâtre des Appalaches du Haut Pays (ATHC) proudly announced three new cinematic events for which tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8. Screenings include various films ranging from adventure to comedy and crime to music in feature and documentary formats.
“O brother, where are you?” is the next film on the ATHC Film Classics Series, generously sponsored by Nancy and Neil Schaffel, and will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Loosely based on Homer’s “The Odyssey,” the story follows the original adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississippi. Born into a chain gang and chased by a man of relentless law, they search for buried loot from a bank robbery as they come face to face with a series of strange characters; among them are mermaids, a Cyclops, bank robber George “Baby Face” Nelson, a campaigning governor and his adversary, a KKK lynching, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that “the treasure you seek will not be found.” not the treasure you will find.”
The film’s soundtrack became an unlikely blockbuster, selling five million copies in early 2001 and spawning a documentary film, three follow-up albums, two concert tours and winning the Country Music Awards for the album of the year and single of the year for “Man of Constant Sorrow” sung by Dan Tyminski. Tickets are $12.
the BOONE DOCS Documentary Film Series has two offers in the coming weeks. “Los Hermanos/The Brothers” is a free in-person screening at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 and is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Virtuoso brothers of Afro-Cuban descent – the violinist Ilmar and the pianist Aldo – live on either side of a geopolitical chasm half a century wide. Tracing their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunions and their memorable first performances together, “Los Hermanos/ The Brothers offers a nuanced and often surprising view of distant nations through the lens of music and family.
The film features an electrifying score, composed by Cuban Aldo López-Gavilán, performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by Maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.
“Lily Turns the World Upside Down” is also a free in-person screening on the BOONE DOCS Series at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 and is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers after the show. It follows 20-year-old sensational Lily Hevesh, the world’s most acclaimed and only girl in her field, as she rises as an artist, model and young woman. Filmed over three years in countless cities and featuring Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z creators,”Lily turns the world upside down” is a coming-of-age story concealed in a unique portrait by an artist, a story of how passion and art can make dreams come true, and an unlikely American tale of a silent Chinese adoptee who transformed into a global artistic force with over a billion YouTube views.
According to Slash/Film, a collection of critical reviews, “Lily turns the world upside down” is “An undeniable crowd pleaser! It’s exactly the kind of unbridled optimism one might seek after a year marred by despair, delivered by a glowing ball of sunshine.
Tickets are required for all events, regardless of age. For more information on these events and COVID policies, or to join the theater’s eblast list, obtain tickets, or purchase subscriptions, please visit the ATHC website at www.apptheatre.org.
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