Thursday, August 13, 2015

Regional Seminar

8:00AM - 9:00AM: Check-in and Register

Pick up your badge and conference materials for the day. Then, take a moment to introduce yourself to your fellow attendees over coffee before the day gets started.

9:00AM - 9:30AM: Tour of the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Follow along as we tour the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Built as a church in 1906, it was redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933. From projection booths to auditoriums, we’ll see the place from top to bottom. Later in the day, we’ll hear an in-depth case study on the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

9:30AM - 10:30AM: A Conversation with Chapin Cutler

Starting out as a union projectionist at the Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, MA in 1969, Chapin Cutler has since toured the world (and its projection booths) working as a technical consultant to some of the world’s best film festivals and film events. He founded Boston Light & Sound in 1977 with Larry Shaw to serve the projection needs of everyone from small independent cinemas to international film festivals and world premieres.

Russ Collins will moderate a conversation and Q&A with Chapin, sharing some of his experiences from Boston to Los Angeles to Park City to Qatar. If you enjoy reading his stories and advice on the Google Group, then you’ll love hearing him in person!

10:30AM - 11:30AM: Building Fundraising Muscle Within Your Organization

From capital campaigns to membership drives, fundraising is a necessity for non-profit art houses. Learn from several theaters on how to build and manage your development staff effectively, leverage your community impact, and cultivate your audience in order to build up your fundraising muscle, and increase your fundraising dollars.

11:30AM - 12:30PM: Single Screen Theaters: Making The Most of Your Single Screen

With only one screen, it can be difficult to program first run and repertory titles while hosting community and live events within your space. Hear from several single-screen theaters in the New England area who have tackled these issues and developed (or are still developing) a programming strategy that fits their communities and screen.

11:30AM - 12:30PM: Festival Track Mixer

Bring a stack of your festival programs, brochures, post cards and stories, to share with other Festival organizers from around the region and beyond, for this informal meet-and-greet and information sharing session replete with refreshments and materials on upcoming Festival Forum activities, and an exploration of greater regional collaboration.  Representatives from at least a dozen festivals in attendance!

1:30PM - 2:30PM: Building A Culture of Great Service

ZingTrain will be back again for a one hour session focused on customer service. Learn how customer service begins within your organization and find out why it’s crucial to treat your staff with as much care as you treat your customers. With great techniques and new tools, you’ll leave with a refreshed perspective on your customer service and some plans for creating a more effective culture at your theater or festival.

2:30PM - 3:30PM: Innovation Pitch sponsored by CineLife and Spotlight Cinema Networks

Inspired by our European colleagues at Europa Cinemas, we will be hosting our own Innovation Pitch session. We have heard so many interesting, innovative ideas from our US exhibitors and this session is your opportunity to share your ideas with your colleagues. Each exhibitor selected will have 10-15 minutes to present their idea and receive feedback from the audience.

To participate, please send us a short text (1 page maximum) explaining what your idea consists of. Here are some questions that might help you in writing up your idea:

–          What is the core idea of your project/approach?

–          What is innovative about your project/approach?

–          What resources/inputs do you need to make this happen?

–          What will be different as a result of this project?

Partnerships are a crucial part of developing our community of exhibitors and we hope this session will generate some new opportunities to build and support our growing community.

3:30PM - 5:00PM: Case Study of the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Built as a church in 1906 and converted to a commercial Art Deco movie house in 1933, the Coolidge Corner Theatre was reborn as a non-profit cinema in 1989 (when the community literally embraced the building to prevent it from being bulldozed and converted into a furniture store). It is now widely regarded as one of New England’s best independent cinemas, offering first-run art house fare, special programming and home to myriad Festivals on four screens.

During this session, Coolidge staff members will give an overview of the programming, operations, and fundraising tactics that contributed to the theatre’s transformation from a down-at-the-heels but beloved movie house to a stable, prosperous, and highly valued institution in the community.

5:00PM - 6:30PM: Cocktail Reception at Osaka sponsored by Art House Cinema Solutions

Join us at Osaka Japanese Sushi & Steak House, across the street from the Coolidge, for drinks and sushi following the day’s sessions. Stop in for a drink before dinner or before heading back to the Coolidge for ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS.


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Film Screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The July 3, 1973 concert by David Bowie at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theatre is the subject of this documentary by director D.A. Pennebaker, best known for the earlier rock films Don’t Look Back and Monterey Pop. Framed by a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage, the bulk of the film concerns the actual concert, notable as the final time that Bowie would perform under the Ziggy Stardust persona — an announcement that, at the time, led many fans to mistakenly believe Bowie was retiringaltogether. This “final” performance features numerous songs from Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane and other Bowie albums, including “Ziggy Stardust,” “Moonage Daydream,” “Changes,” and “Space Oddity,” as well as a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat.” Though a shortened version of the film was broadcast on television in 1974, the film did not receive a full theatrical release until 1983. – Rotten Tomatoes

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