AS OF 7/24/15, WE HAVE RAISED $64,342
(OF OUR $75,000 7/31 GOAL)!
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage was born in 2008 as The Cape Ann Community Cinema, so named because it served–and continues to serve–the needs of the North Shore community that it proudly calls home. In the comfortable, welcoming, living-room-style Cinema’s lifetime, it has presented thousands of independent and foreign films, hosted scores of filmmakers and special guests, offered legendary musical talent, and now, has just launched a performance Stage for every imaginable theatrical need. With your help, we have become the beautiful butterfly that we always knew we could be.
Now, we need your help to keep flying into the future!
• The first $30,000 will clear our books (and clean up the fiscal fustercluck wrought by this past horrible, horrible winter)
• The 2nd $25,000 will pay founder Rob Newton a token amount for his 8 years of service and personal investment
• The remaining $20,000 will be gifted to the Cinema’s new management team to do with as they need
• All funds in excess of the campaign goal will seed Zoë Annabelle Austin Newton’s college fund (Moonbase University, Class of 2035)
As a thank you for your support, we offer a variety of premiums. Also, you can gift any premium to a local non-profit, and mix-and-match donations for a larger premium package:
$10 ::: BUMPER STICKER – Show your support for the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with this dandy bumper tag.
$10 ::: ROB’S CD, “MONKEY BISMUTH” – Receive the dubious gift of a signed copy of Cinema founder Rob Newton’s awards-winning debut CD, Monkey Bismuth!
$15 ::: BUMPER STICKER & SNACK COMBO – Receive a bumper sticker, popcorn, soft drink, and candy combo.
$25 ::: MOVIE TICKET & SNACK COMBO – Have a night on us with this (1) movie ticket, popcorn, soft drink, and candy combo.
$25 ::: A CAC&S OR BTTF T-SHIRT – Wear with pride this cool, black or white CACS shirt, or select one of our exclusive I’M YOUR DENSITY ‘Back To The Future’ tees.
$50 ::: STAGE TICKET & SNACK COMBO – Come check out one of our Stage productions, with a popcorn, soft drink, and candy item as our treat.
$75 ::: COMEDY/MUSIC & SNACK COMBO – Experience any live premium comedy or music event, with a popcorn, candy, and soda combo on us.
$75 ::: FAMILY 4-PACK MOVIE & SNACKS – 4 movie tickets, 4 popcorns, 4 sweet treats, 4 (non-alcoholic) drinks will show your support while showing your family or friends a great night out!
$100 ::: FRIGGIN’ FANTASTIC FAMILY OF 4 – 4 movie tickets, 4 popcorns, 4 (non-alcoholic) drinks, 4 sweeties, plus a bumper sticker, CD, and T-shirt are yours for the asking!
$125 ::: VIP PACKAGE – Be a super duper Cinema trouper 1 Movie Ticket, 1 Stage Ticket, and 1 Premium Music/Comedy Ticket + 3 Popcorns, 3 (Non-Alcoholic) Drinks, and 3 Sweet Treats!
$150 ::: 10-PACK OF MOVIE TICKETS! – Receive 10 inspirational, non-expirational movie tickets to use yourself or share with people you want to clearly understand how cool and awesome you truly are.
$300 ::: 24-PACK OF MOVIE TICKETS! – We will happily call you “Johnny Applescreen” when you seed your list of family and friends with 24 movie tickets, redeemable forever on any regularly-priced movie.
$500 ::: PRIVATE PARTY FOR 100 PEOPLE! – Get 4 hours for you and up to 99 friends to do with as you please in what is sure to be an unforgettable time!
$1,000 ::: ANNUAL PASS FOR 2 – With this luxury package, you will receive free admission for 2 people to the movies all year, plus 2 Stage tickets and 2 Premium Music/Comedy tickets, as well as our eternal gratitude.
$1,000 ::: BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP ::: Promote your business year-round with this great promotional package, which includes: 1) 50 Movie Passes 2) An ad slide on our screen for 12 months (around 1,000 appearances) 3) Branding of one special community movie screening (for which you get to keep the receipts over the cost of showing the movie) 4) A link on our website 5) Your business card in our lobby 6) Your take-out menu in our lobby (for restaurants)
NOTE: If you would rather donate by check, please make the check to CABI, and send it to: Cape Ann Cinema & Stage * 21 Main Street * Gloucester, MA 01930.
What will happen if we don’t reach our goal?
While we fully intend to bring the campaign to its goal, if we do not reach the goal after the online and offline donations are totaled, we will cease operations, liquidate our assets to satisfy our operational debt, and throw one big final party before closing permanently. And if we do reach our goal, we will throw a week of big parties, as a thank you to you all for your continued support of this crazy dream… and as a farewell.
But why, if we reach our goal, a farewell?
Because by the end of the summer, I must, after 8 years and 1500 films, cash out and step away so that I can focus on my health and my family (I write this secretly from my first vacation in 11 years). I’m very sad to go, but I must. I will advise the new management team as I am able, but rest assured that whomever I select for the task will be very well-suited for it, perhaps even more than I have been.
In 2013, we raised the money to upgrade the Cinema’s projection system and install a state-of-the-art performance Stage. Now, with your support and by spreading the word, we can come together and celebrate our community while we insure that this humble movie loft and beloved cultural resource will be available the next generation to enjoy as we do now.
This campaign ends on July 31. Click here or on the big green button above to donate today!
Fly, beautiful butterfly, fly!
Owner & Creative Director
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
Rob “Fig” Newton has been a movie nut since a little agrarian space opera called “Star Wars” won him away from the Auburn Public Library’s bookmobile in 1977 (much to the chagrin of his librarian grandmother). In the ensuing years, he was a full-time movie critic, a video store owner, and now, the wicked fortunate creative director of a place that many of you have come to know and love over the last 8 years, The Cape Ann & Cinema & Stage.
It only took us 7 years to get them here, but WCVB’s acclaimed show “Chronicle” covered us for the first time, in regard to our “Win This Cinema” contest. Enjoy and please share!
Hello Future Movie Mogul,
I opened the living-room-style Cape Ann Community Cinema in historic Gloucester, Massachusetts in 2008. I designed it to be a resource for the residents of Boston’s North Shore to not only have a comfortable and welcoming place in which to appreciate great films, but also as a means by which to offer access to filmmakers and their process. In the 7 years during which we as a community have built the place up to become the premiere arthouse cinema on the North Shore, we have shown over 1,500 films, hosted hundreds of filmmakers, launched a thoroughly modern performance stage, and given over 100,000 guests a filmgoing experience that serves as a high standard by which all other nights out at the movies are now judged.
I have been in the movie business for nearly 30 years. I started out in high school as a clerk in a video store that I would later spend my college tuition purchasing. I became a full-time film critic and award-winning writer. I became a stand-up comic and made a novelty record and got it played on The Dr. Demento Show. I sold my largest video store to a national chain. And then I started showing movies… and making them. I have been fortunate to do what I love, and love what I do.
But with all this work, I forgot to take time for myself. My last vacation was in 2004, and it has finally caught up with me. I now have a medical need for more time off than I can safely put the Cinema on auto-pilot for. So in the interest of keeping this vital resource alive beyond my time with it, I have decided to find a new steward for The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage while I focus on my health and my family. This is where you come in.
Through June 30, the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will host an essay contest. Write us 250 words on “Why I Want To Own And Operate A Small Seaside Cinema,” and if you can convince us that your passion for film and community is greater than all others’, I will gift you not only a totally debt-free majority ownership of the CAC&S, but will give you $20,000 with which to get started, plus a variety of support for the first year. You can read all the rules and find out how to enter with the big button below.
Please share our story with anyone you feel might be interested in a shot at this rare opportunity. While only one person will win, all contest funds raised beyond our minimum threshold will be gifted to communities in need of this kind of resource in the form of equipment and consulting (we started our Cinema for under $10,000). The more we raise, the more community cinemas we can help seed (just call me Johnny Applescreen!). If you want to help but don’t want to enter the contest, you can help via our local-level Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
Thank you for reading, now let’s make some dreams come true!
Owner & Creative Director
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
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Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Presents… TOMFOOLERY: The Words & Music of Tom Lehrer (Wed. Dec. 3 – Thu. Dec. 11)
Cape Ann’s premiere community cinema launches its new stage with a revue of the witty, wicked, and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer.
THE CAPE ANN CINEMA & STAGE is pleased to present its first stage production, the witty musical, TOMFOOLERY: THE WORDS & MUSIC OF TOM LEHRER. The show runs from Wednesday, December 3 through Thursday, December 11, and features an all-local, ensemble-directed cast featuring Brian King, Jeph Ellis, Jennifer-Lee Levitz, and Olivia Gale. Joseph Nuccio is serving as Musical Director.
“This show is homegrown–by local folks, with local folks, for local folks,” explains Cinema owner and Creative Director, Rob Newton. “It’s a hilarious show, and we hope all of Cape Ann will join us for it as we kick off our new stage and our new name.”
Newton shares, “Thanks to a generous gift from Cinema friend Chris Deering, we were able to create this amazing resource.” The stage is 30’ wide, and features new live sound and a thoroughly modern LED lighting array. “It is through this kind of support that we are able to expand our community vision, not only around Cape Ann and the North Shore, but around the country, as well.” (Newton advised on The Luna Theater, a new community cinema project that opened in September at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, and in 2015, he will launch the non-profit OurTown Cinemas, dedicated to seeding and servicing small cinemas all over the U.S.)
Newton, who goes by the stage name “Fig,” cites Lehrer (as well as the likes of Weird Al Yankovic and Stan Freberg) as his personal musical and comic influences. With his debut novelty record “Monkey Bismuth,” Fig won two Just Plain Folks awards in 2004, which are like the Grammys for unsigned artists.
“My first exposure to Lehrer goes way back, like it does for a lot of kids who grew up in the ‘70s. Remember those animated earworms from ‘The Electric Company’ on PBS–‘Silent E’ and ‘L-Y’? That was Tom Lehrer. So this a tribute, not only to the days of youth, but to the ways of thinking differently that come across in Lehrer’s songs. And thinking differently is the whole reason that The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage exists in the first place.”
The Stage plans one new production every quarter, be they revivals like “Tomfoolery” or “Free To Be You And Me” or original productions like Mark Volpe’s “Citizen Wayne” (a story that supposes Orson Welles entertained making a Batman movie after “Citizen Kane”) or Newton’s own “Rocket Man” (a musical about space pioneer and Massachusetts native Robert H. Goddard).
Tomfoolery is based on The Tom Lehrer Songbook, and is a show like no other. Written by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray, with music and lyrics by Tom Lehrer, this is one wildly wicked musical revue of novelty songs (there are no sad ones in this bunch). Music, laughter, and no one spared—when you’re dealing with the humor of Tom Lehrer, nothing is sacred.
In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s with his dry, cynical, but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the Boy Scouts and, of course, mathematics. No taboo is safe in this hysterical revue featuring such Lehrer favorites as “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park,” “When You Are Old And Grey,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Old Dope Peddler,” “The Vatican Rag” and an unforgettable Gilbert and Sullivan-esque recitation of the Periodic Table of Elements, all linked together with Lehrer’s own inimitable concert patter.
Four actors, stools, a piano and a healthy dose of attitude are all you need to stage this delightful revue. Audience will be beside themselves with the clever lyrics and hummable tunes. Rediscover the man and songs that have delighted and skewered the world for over forty years in TOMFOOLERY! •••
SCHEDULE (CLICK A DATE TO PURCHASE TICKETS):
WED. DEC. 3 @ 8:00PM (PREVIEW NIGHT)
THU. DEC. 4 @ 8:00PM (OPENING NIGHT & GALA)
FRI. DEC. 5 @ 8:00PM
SAT. DEC. 6 @ 8:0PM
SUN. DEC. 7 @ 4:00PM
TUE. DEC. 9 @ 8:00PM
WED. DEC. 10 @ 8:00PM
THU. DEC. 11 @ 8:00PM
$20.00 GENERAL ADMISSION
$18.00 CACS MEMBERS
Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
Tom Lehrer performing “Wernher von Braun” in Copenhagen in 1967.
“Silent E,” from the 1970s PBS kids’ staple, ‘The Electric Company’
Tom Lehrer performing “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park” at the Cameron Mackintosh tribute show, ‘Dear Mr. Producer’ in 1998
TOMFOOLERY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 * Tel.: (212) 541-4694 | Fax: (212) 397-4684 | www.MTIShows.com
Thomas Dolby, whose name you might have heard, or seen scrawled like graffiti on a blog about Moogs or something like that, is to pop music what Voyager 2 is to space exploration. And no, “She Blinded Me With Science” is not his only hit song, although you have probably seen the video all those years ago on MTV. Perhaps you bought “The Golden Age of Wireless” and came to appreciate this long-legged kind of glamorous Brit-pop for what lies beneath those strange album covers and glints of engineering on the bespectacled face of this heroic and legendary proto-geek. I didn’t. Instead, I huddled while imprisoned in the grey halls of a New England prep school, lonely, angry, and bewildered by joules of hormones, beneath my Walkman headphones listening to “Cloudburst at Shingle Street” and thinking of seducing the girls in my car pool if only they would talk to me. And I heard things I could only hope to say to myself in the submarine of scrubbing desks or sweeping floors during the summer break:
when I was small
I was in love
in love with everything
and now there’s only you
And now there’s only you, Thomas: the last bottle of New Wave Lafite ’82, a bouquet of Art Deco and stratospheric synths emboldened by persistence of vision and impeccable taste, whose sadness and observation, manic moments, and blind science create haunting atmospheres out of baryonic matter.
Having taken off two decades to facilitate a queue of non-pop accomplishment before returning with “A Map of the Floating City,” Thomas Dolby behind his insane steampunk facade offers something between friendly and spooky, reaching out with ordinary metaphor, in this case “Flying North” with a lo-fi digital camera, to catch the wonder betwixt the emptiness of “The Invisible Lighthouse.” He seems fine. More than that. Relaxed. Unrushed. The same man who referred to himself in the third person just a wee bit on “Weightless” to let us in on the frustration of his love life is now playing live the electronic sounds and lost melodies for which he continues to be loved.
I’ve waited thirty years.
You see, Thomas Dolby: The Idea is ever-present to his fans, who hover over him in chat rooms asking Who Is Caroline 452? Or, is that really the riff from “The Six Million Dollar Man” embedded in “One of Our Submarines”? (Yes, it is!) And Thomas Dolby is a good idea, thick in Britannia like on his album covers, whether he’s lost in the sauce expatriated in Los Angeles or sampling the doppler of church bell on “Cruel.” Between the electronic drum sounds of “Europa and the Pirate Twins,” he mentions his preteen crush to “The Twelfth of Never,” which I take as Nina Simone’s unforgettable 1963 version. And once you are old, and hear Nina sing it, and think about Thomas referencing this all those years ago, you get trapped in his mythology.
Then into “The Flat Earth” you go, with the maturity at hand to know why “Screen Kiss” makes you hurt, why it leaves you rushed and needy to have somebody love you before it’s too late. And if you’re like me, you grow up and move out West and behold the haze above old Hollywood, where deer look down from the hills, and it’s three o’ clock in the morning. And perhaps, if you’re lucky, you’ll synch a near perfect seduction to his cover of “I Scare Myself,” slow-dancing to the handsome Joe Jacksonesque piano blurs and so unbelievably lost in whatever that is.
Mr. Dolby, may I say what a pleasure it’s been to live inside your music for thirty years. I’ll see you November 1 for “The Invisible Lighthouse.” And most properly, sir, Adieu.•••
Thomas Dolby will present his film “The Invisible Lighthouse” with live music, narration, and foley at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Friday, November 1st at 7:30pm to kick off the 6th annual Cape Ann Film Festival.