I was happy to be invited to speak at the Magic Lantern Theater next Friday, June 2 at 7:00 PM at Winchester Little Theater, 315 W Boscawan St. in Winchester. The MLT was established in 1999 as a renegade group trying to bring good and interesting films to isolated and conservative Winchester. Their website describes MLT as "ice on a hot stove, skating on its own steam ever since." Sometimes they show films in the library, on brick walls on the walking mall and in this case - a live theater; great cinema in borrowed spaces.
I've loved the process of moving to an unlikely place such as the Shenandoah Valley and finding like-minded people. Mark Lohre, the coordinating director is thoughful and dedicated. Gina Daddario is in charge of programs and mass comm professor/good pal from Shenandoah University.
I'll show a few of my own clips and talk about work - then a screening non other than Waiting for Guffman -a Christopher Guest best. How appropriate! One of my favorite directors - so very goofy... so very human. Confessions of a film nerd - the director's narration of Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy are nearly as entertaining as watching A Mighty Wind and Best in Show. Mr. Porteno shakes his head wearily...