Austin Film Society Celebrates Art House Theater Day
AFS Cinema to host screenings celebrating independent filmmaking
By Spencer Beghtol,
2:30PM, Fri. Sep. 23, 2016
The international consortium of independent movie theatres Art House Convergence, along with Indiegogo, is bringing Art House Theater Day to cinemas across the country. The celebration of culture and community that arthouse theatres make possible will take place in over 195 theatres this Saturday, September 24.
Seeing modern media trending toward digital ubiquity, Art House Convergence created Art House Theater Day as a way to celebrate the venues that act as physical spaces for film lovers to connect with and embrace independent and original productions. Art House Convergence has been holding yearly conferences since 2008 where exhibitors discuss the state of independent film. Their mission is to increase the quantity and quality of arthouse cinemas in North America.
It makes sense that crowdfunding website Indiegogo would partner with Art House Convergence for the special day, as it has helped fund its fair share of independent films including Amber Fares' Speed Sisters, Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Dana Nachman's Batkid Begins which will all be shown in select cinemas as part of the celebration.
Art House Theater Day’s inaugural year will also include screenings across the country of Brendan Toller’s documentary Danny Says, Don Coscarelli's Phantasm: Remastered, and Alan Tudyk’s web series Con Man, among others. Taking the silver screen at AFS Cinema will be Terry Gilliam’s comedy classic Time Bandits, as well as Belgian animators Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar’s A Town Called Panic: The Specials, which adds two new installments to the family-friendly stop motion feature. Tickets are $10 for each screening and can be found here.