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outdoor film shows 25 Aug 2005 12:13 #10805

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We attended the bangor Maine showing of "His Gal Friday" with about 300 +/- in bangor Maine last weekend put on by River City Film http://www.rivercitycinema.com/
A completly capturing experience with street lights and signs and even dwindling day light made no negatives. Even having jets fly over did not hurt in the least. The sound and picture were great. They used a dvd projector.

We are thinking and planning for showing films outside in our parking lot adjacent to one of our Maine theatres which is set perfectly for it. We'd set up a "walk-in" theatre. Do you ever do this? Have yous een outdoor shows?

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Re: outdoor film shows 25 Aug 2005 22:45 #10806

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Holy crap! An outdoor "public performance" of a copyrighted video? Hoo boy they're lucky they don't get caught.
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Re: outdoor film shows 26 Aug 2005 00:30 #10807

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Actually His Girl Friday is public domain. Has been for years.
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Re: outdoor film shows 26 Aug 2005 16:23 #10808

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I am currently working the Wine Country Film Festival. They set up an outdoor venue at several Napa and Sonoma County wineries abnd show one film a night for 4-days per week for 4-weeks.

Last night was our first night in a new winery. They have rented an 8' x 16' trailer complete with wood paneling inside. It houses Super Platter, Strong lamphouse and a Strong Simplex 1050 projector. We have A CP65 and a DA20 for Dolby Digital. Speakers are the JBL EON self-powered PA speakers with the 15" woofer. There is a single 18" subwoofer. The setup uses 4-surrounds so that's 8-speakers total. The throw has been optimised for exactly 100' so just park the trailer 100' back from the screen and unbolt the projector from the floor of the trailer and aim.

The screen is an old, dirty perf screen mounted on 3 double hight sections of scaffolding. The show is at 9:00 PM and you can't even get an image like RP-40 on screen till 8:30 PM.

Last night we had a 35mm short called Piss Hat. Followed by a short on DV by Andy Dick called Corp someting. Then we were supposed to present Mix (a Hungarian/American boy gets stuck in Hungery and bails himself out with his talents on the turntables, with porn.) in 35mm. But DHL dropped the ball and we didn't get the print. So we showed the screener DVD complete with random shudders and the tag that showed up every 5-minutes saying this video not for resale.

The video rig was a Panasonic LCD in the 7,000 ANSI Lumen range and that was sufficient to fill the screen and bright enough. Took a custom lens though. Not too bad seeings as I had about 20-minutes to set it up.

The audience was set up with plastic lawn furnature. Catering was by Costco. Wine was by Chateaux Felice. It gets cold, bring a jacket.
http://www.winecountryfilmfest.com/
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Re: outdoor film shows 26 Aug 2005 20:39 #10809

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I know that they do liscense their film rentals/ Ian: sounds cool! Wine and Czech porn! I was going to use a trailer too but then realized I can shoot direct from my 2nd floor office space and I have almsot all enough equipment.

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Re: outdoor film shows 28 Aug 2005 02:23 #10810

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Last night we had a new film from Sofia Loren. The dubbing was terrible. 35mm.

Tonight we had a new film from Spain where the protaganist struggles to finish a symphony before dieing if aids. I presented it on DV from a Sony Beta Digital tape.

This seems to the "do it yourself" festival. The festival has been going on since 1986. The festival director hangs the screen and his wife cooks all the food. Tonight they had a Spanish cookout.

Tonight we finally had a good turnout, about 100 people. Our guest star this evening was Danny Trejo, you know him as the Hispanic gangbanger from every crime film for the past 20 years. He's the guy that was in prison before finding God, and becoming an actor. He has a new Documentary about his life that he is running in all the Juvinile Detention Centers. He was very mild and self efacing. I had to ask him how old he was because he mentioned being in prison in 1963. He is 61 years old. I know his face looks like 40 miles of bad road, but he doesn't look 60.
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