Hello Everyone, I'm up to my old TIFF tricks now. Long days/nights...minimal sleep. My first film today was The Weinstein Company's big Oscar hopeful for this year - LION, directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel. This is the story of a little Indian boy who gets lost in the streets of Calcutta - hundreds of miles away from home. After eventually being adopted by an Australian family, 20+ years later he begins a trip to find his birth family. Once again, I found myself interested in trimming this film down. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm watching dozens of … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #4
Hello Everyone, I got the tickets I needed this morning (for Monday), so the day was off to a great start. I hightailed it to the Scotiabank multiplex for my first screening of the day - a movie I know we won't play (but I felt like I wanted something ridiculous) - Christopher Guest's MASCOTS (which will soon make its debut on Netflix). It's been a long time since we saw Guest and his crew, and I was delighted by the opening scenes. I thought "he's back!" The set-up is an competition for mascots from around the world - and it lends itself to some really fun material. Unfortunately, the … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #3
Hello Everyone. With the pass that I have, I can screen as many "press/industry screenings" that I'd like during the festival. That said, those screenings are just screenings. It's awesome to have the opportunity to see so many films with an audience, but part of the reason I come to a festival (people come for a variety of reasons) is to hear filmmakers talk about their craft. Thus I have the opportunity to obtain two "public screening" tickets per day. Public screenings are the fun, glamorous screenings where they roll out the red carpet and hold Q&A's with directors, producers, … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Day #1
Hello Everyone. I made it to Toronto with minimal delays...and made my way to the Industry offices to pick up my credentials and begin the madness. This is just an intro! Watching movies actually starts tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 8). I always give myself a buffer day when traveling to Toronto for TIFF. It can come in handy if you have flight delays, ridiculous lines in customs or you're carrying an expired passport (that was a nightmare 2 years ago)...that extra day can make certain that you don't miss any of the good stuff. If all goes as planned, tomorrow will be a busy day with 4 … [Read more...] about TIFF 2016 – Arrival & Prep
Hello! We opened SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU this weekend - the charming and inspiring film about Barack & Michelle Obama's first date...and we still have HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and INDIGNATION for a couple more days (Thursday will be your last chance to catch them at THE NEON). Synopsis for SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU : From executive producer John Legend comes a charming and inspiring film about a wonderful couple. "Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) … [Read more...] about SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU & New Chair Update at THE NEON
Hello Everyone, I'm sorry to say that TICKLED tanked this weekend...but interestingly, folks have loved it! (Some of our staffers have even said it's one of their favorites we've shown this year.) If you still need to see it, Thursday will be your last chance to see it with us. We will hold MUSIC OF STRANGERS and DARK HORSE for one final week! On Thursday evening, we will open the highly anticipated comedy ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - a film based on the beloved British sitcom. (On Friday, July 29, we'll open Woody Allen's latest - CAFE SOCIETY.) Synopsis for ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: "Edina and … [Read more...] about ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS & Lots of Fun News at THE NEON!
According to the Cornell University Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group, on average, you can expect a chair or recliner to last about 10 years with regular use. The chairs at downtown Dayton's only movie theater, THE NEON, have been around for 30 years, though they were reupholstered 15 years ago when the theater closed for remodeling and reopened with 2 screens. With an average of 60,000 people a year attending shows, we'd say this is more than average usage! It's time to replace those chairs! Neon Manager Jonathan McNeal anticipates "closing the theater on a Monday, … [Read more...] about THE NEON Needs New Seats- Can You Help?
Hello Everyone, We had a great holiday weekend at THE NEON. Thanks to everyone who came out. Though critics had luke-warm reviews of OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, many of our regulars truly enjoyed the film. In addition, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY had a couple sell-outs over the weekend - it's a film that has incredible word-of-mouth business. And then there's WEINER - a documentary like you've never seen before. We will keep all three films for another week, and we'll add a brand new film into the mix - DARK HORSE. This delightful documentary is currently rated "97% Fresh" on … [Read more...] about Beloved DARK HORSE Opens Friday at THE NEON! WEINER and MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY Continue!
Dayton PRIDE will close out month-long events with the screening of the award-winning film CLOSET MONSTER...and 100% of the proceeds will go to victims' families of the horrendous massacre in Orlando. "CLOSET MONSTER tells the story of Oscar Madly, a creative and driven teenager who hovers on the brink of adulthood. Destabilized by his dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality, and haunted by horrific images of a tragic gay bashing he witnessed as a child, Oscar dreams of escaping the town he feels is suffocating him." (taken from press notes) Tickets available now at THE NEON's box … [Read more...] about One-Time CLOSET MONSTER Screening – Proceeds Benefit Orlando
Hello Everyone, If you still need to see CITY OF GOLD, it won't be at THE NEON much longer. It will only screen for one matinee per day over the weekend. On Friday, we will open a film that many of you will adore - THE MEDDLER - starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and a great supporting performance by J.K. Simmons. SING STREET is going to stick around for one more week! (If you've already seen this gem, please help us spread the word!) Synopsis for THE MEDDLER: "With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie … [Read more...] about Susan Sarandon in THE MEDDLER, SING STREET Continues + MADONNA at THE NEON!