Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.

SECOND ANNUAL ART HOUSE THEATER DAY ANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER 24, 2017. OVER 150 THEATERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS CELEBRATION OF THE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE AND ITS IMPORTANT CULTURAL ROLE IN COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE.

Special programming includes exclusive advance screenings of LUCKY, starring Harry Dean Stanton and co-starring David Lynch

A 50th anniversary restoration of TITICUT FOLLIES will also be featured, followed by a conversation with documentary director Frederick Wiseman and visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson

August 2, 2017 (Ann Arbor, MI) - The Art House Convergence, an international organization of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, is pleased to announce the second annual Art House Theater Day, taking place on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Over 150 theaters will be offering special film programs in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters promote.

Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinematic arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.

"For Art House Theater Day's second year, we are excited to expand on programs offered that highlight the diversity of experiences that art houses bring to their communities," says Project Co-Director Gabriel Chicoine. "Among these, we have the 50th anniversary of Frederick Wiseman's TITICUT FOLLIES, one of the first documentaries to demonstrate the power of film to inspire social change. Wiseman's film drew the world's attention to the inhumane practices of state mental institutions, and despite censorships and bans, brought about much-needed improvements and regulations. Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of art houses as the trusted champions of important, world-changing films like this."

"I am very grateful to art house cinemas for showing my movies. They are made to be seen on a big screen and without their support and interest this would not have been possible," adds Frederick Wiseman, a recent honorary Academy AwardⓇ recipient. The 50th anniversary edition of TITICUT FOLLIES will be a newly restored 4K version. A true example of the power film and art house theaters have to activate national change, the documentary will also be accompanied by a special taped conversation with Wiseman and filmmaker Wes Anderson featuring never before seen news trial footage of Wiseman testifying before the Massachusetts State Legislative committee investigating who was responsible for granting permission to make the film.

Participating Art House Theater Day cinemas will also be able to exclusively screen the next generation of groundbreaking documentaries - THE ROAD MOVIE, from Russian director Dmitrii Kalashnikov and Oscilloscope Laboratories, is a fascinating mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest things you've ever seen, compiled from video footage shot exclusively via dashboard cameras in Russian automobiles. And presented by African Film Festival Travelling Series, MARTHA & NICKI follows two Swedish girls of African descent as they take the international street dancing world by storm and will be preceded by short film "The Sense of Touch."

Art House Theater Day has also partnered with Magnolia Pictures to bring special advance screenings of acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut LUCKY. The film follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. LUCKY, also co-starring David Lynch and Tom Skerritt, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.

Art House Theater Day is made possible in part by Marquee Sponsor, Amazon Studios.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors