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!
FROM HERE TO FLUSTUANIA
ON STAGE MAY 27-30
Hooglio Bastistos rowed to Gloucester in his tiny boat to hit the big time, only to fall… and rise yet again, becoming an international star (sort of) on Saturday Night Live and in “Hooglio Tonight.” After a long recovery from multiple self-imposed injuries, Hooglio is back. In “From Here To Flustuania,” things are going stupendously for Hooglio at “Club Louie” until the club is closed down and his show is cancelled. All is lost until out of the blue Hooglio receives a message from God––Hooglio has a daughter, Hooglietta (Sofia Gadbois) he never knew. He must embark on an epic quest to find her.
Come join the crew and cast on this heroic journey around the rotary, featuring Hooglio, Hooglietta, and Louie DeRoach (Gordon Baird). MC’d by Roman Gadbois and guest appearance by Ian McColl. A dramatic multimedia cinematic comedic tragic LIVE musical stage production. It is sure to make your pants fall off laughing.
COST: $15.00 in advance, $18.00 at door
We’ve gotten a lot of coverage this week of our “Win This Cinema” Essay Contest, with more to come, including WCVB Channel 5’s “Chronicle.” They will be here Wednesday, May 6th at 3:00pm (currently supposed to air Thursday, May 14th @ 7:30pm), and we want you to be part of the show!
We are looking for people of all ages to fill seats while the crew is here filming. Also, if you have something you’d like to say about what the place means to you, they will be doing some interviews while they’re here. Our address is 21 Main Street in Downtown Gloucester.
If you want to help us fund our upcoming transition (but don’t want to enter the Essay Contest), you can visit our Indiegogo page to learn more about our needs and plans.•••
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
SPECIAL EVENT – “I Am Big Bird” Screening with performer Caroll Spinney In Person! (Sun. June 14 @ 6:30pm)
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 @ 6:30PM
The Cape Ann Museum presents this heartwarming documentary chronicling the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. For over 4 decades, Caroll’s characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down. “I Am Big Bird” features incredible footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces Caroll’s journey from bullied child to celebrated performer. This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird and as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
MR. SPINNEY WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING* AND HOST A Q&A AFTERWARD. THIS EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY, SO ORDER TICKETS NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.
*While this appearance is confirmed, professional commitments occasionally take precedence. In the event of an appearance cancellation, ticket buyers will receive a free ticket to any regular upcoming film.
Prices are for pick-up at the Cinema. Shipping is available for $5.00.