Starting Wednesday, the Kentucky Theatre will have a new way to tell moviegoers to turn off their cell phones, visit the concession stand and make other pre-film announcements. And it's courtesy of a University of Kentucky student.
Matthew Hopkins's "policy trailer," called How to Watch a a Movie, will debut at the theater on Wednesday. His script was selected from seven submitted to LexArts and the Kentucky. A $1,000 award was given to Hopkins to produce the film.
Hopkins, a screenwriter, actor, musician and producer, plans to pursue a career in screenwriting.
"This was a fantastic learning opportunity," Hopkins said in a release. "And of course, I'm thrilled that my work will be seen in the context of the great films that show at the Kentucky."
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Analy Scorsone, co-owner of the Kentucky Theatre, said in a release, "We couldn't be more pleased with the resulting film. We're delighted to be able to support a local filmmaker who's just starting out."
Film series focuses on rock concert films
The same day the new policy trailer debuts at the Kentucky Theatre, a new four-part film series focusing on rock concert films will open.
The series, called Mike's Movies, opens Wednesday with The Last Waltz, the classic 1978 film about The Band's last concert. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it focuses on the November 1976 concert, which featured a slew of guest singers including Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and Muddy Waters.
The festival gets its name from Mike Graves, a WUKY-93.1 FM deejay who came up with the idea, said Jim McKee of the Kentucky Theatre. WUKY is a co-sponsor of the series, along with Smiley Pete Publishing and Local First Lexington.
Here's the rest of the schedule:
April 14: Stop Making Sense (1984), about the Talking Heads and directed by Jonathan Demme.
April 21: It Might Get Loud (2009), the history of the electric guitar as told through The Edge, Jimmy Page, Jack White and more.
April 28: A Hard Day's Night (1964), the Beatles, in their first feature-length film, describe a "typical" day in their lives.
Each film will be shown at 7:15 p.m., and admission is $5. The Kentucky Theatre is at 214 East Main Street. Call (859) 231-7924 for more information.
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