A still from the 2013 Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film, “Paper Man.”
The Grandin Theatre 2013 Film Festival of New Cinematic Delights
Where: The Grandin Theatre, 1310 Grandin Road, Roanoke
When: Screenings run 1 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through April 25
How much? Weekend pass $50; senior citizens, students and Grandin members $35; individual special events, $12. Weekend passes include all events Friday through Sunday as well as the Wednesday screening and by Mat Smith and the Thursday screening and talk by Katie Teague.
Info: 345-6177; http://grandintheatre.com/?page_id=881
The Grandin Theatre wanted to showcase its new digital projection equipment in a special way.
“It was just the right time to do a film festival,” said executive director Kathy Chittum. The landmark Roanoke theater in the Grandin Court neighborhood has never held one before, she said.
The theater had a scare when the digital projectors Chittum hoped to have in place by April 2 wound up on back order. But Monday, Chittum gleefully reported that installation had started, and the projectors will be in place when the festival starts Friday.
“It has been a hair-pulling, maddening, fun, exciting, thrilling experience all the way around,” she said of putting the festival together.
The festival’s headline event is the regional premiere of “The Place Beyond the Pines,” a crime drama with art house credentials starring A-listers Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. But there’s also a lot of independent and offbeat fare, including films with Roanoke ties. Many of the films will be shown multiple times over the festival’s course.
“It’s a celebration of film,” Chittum said.
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