A RED CARPET EVENING
BENEFITTING THE BELCOURT AND CELEBRATING THE MOVIES
Sunday, February 28, 2016 at War Memorial Auditorium
Join film fans on Hollywood's biggest night to watch on the big screen!
For one time only, the event moves from the Belcourt to another historic Nashville location, the War Memorial Auditorium, while the Belcourt is under renovation and construction.
Now entering its 15th year, the event is regularly a sell-out. Walk the red carpet, and enjoy a sumptuous spread of food and drink, a fun silent auction, a glamorous VIP lounge—and lots of movie buzz.
Your ticket purchases for A Red Carpet Evening support the historic nonprofit Belcourt Theatre (and are tax-deductible as outlined below).
Because of this year's venue change to War Memorial Auditorium, please note that ticket sales will be made via TPAC. You may purchase online, or call TPAC's box office at 615-782-4040 (Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-2). You may also visit TPAC's box office at 505 Deaderick St (open Mon-Fri 10-5).
*Plus $1.50 TPAC facility fee per ticket
*Please note that this a 21+ event.
Note for Belcourt members: Use the promo code to get your membership discount. Don't have the code? Check your inbox or contact email@example.com.
The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond. The Belcourt is funded in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission and is grateful for their support of our nonprofit mission.
A Red Carpet Evening is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Belcourt seeks leadership gifts to restore, renovate and preserve its historic 90-year-old theatre. To learn more about making a leadership gift/pledge* of $10,000 or more, as well as campaign naming opportunities, please contact:
Annual donations are an essential component of the Belcourt Theatre's budget each year. As Nashville's nonprofit cinema, the Belcourt is mission-driven and provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. These gifts continue to be vital to the Belcourt's operations and programming, even as we seek funds to renovate, refurbish and preserve the theatre's 90-year-old building through the Belcourt Campaign.
While we renovate, we're planning several pop-up screenings around town. Screenings and ticket links posted here as they confirmed.
COME BACK, AFRICA
Dir. Lionel Rogosin, USA, 1959, 95min, NR, 16mm
In 1959, maverick filmmaker Lionel Rogosin followed his landmark docu-fiction ON THE BOWERY by covertly filming on the streets of Johannesburg—under the false pretense he was making an innocuous musical featuring South African performers. Instead, he made COME, BACK AFRICA, a scathing indictment of the country's harsh apartheid policies. Shot in a lightly scripted, quasi-documentary style, the film follows a young Zulu man as he attempts to navigate an unforgiving bureaucracy to find work to support his estranged family. It is a neo-realist monument of wrenching humanism, as well as a historically indispensable document of daily life in the Johannesburg township of Sophiatown—demolished shortly after filming to make way for white-exclusive housing. Watch Trailer
THE DION BROTHERS (aka THE GRAVY TRAIN)
Dir. Jack Starrett, USA, 1974, 94min, 16mm
A pair of disaffected West Virginia brothers (Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest), fed up with their dead-end jobs, join ranks with a gang of D.C. bank robbers. The duo take their rightful place on the great American gravy train by any means necessary. Keach gives a searing performance as the fast-talking, high-falutin’ Calvin, who dreams of using his ill-gotten gains to open the Nation’s Capitol finest seafood restaurant. He’s the perfect complement to Forrest’s subdued—but completely unhinged—performance as the dynamite-toting, lovestruck Russell. In the great genre-bending tradition of better known films from the time, THE DION BROTHERS (initially released as THE GRAVY TRAIN) is both a low-moraled bawdy buddy comedy full of the requisite sex, drugs and TNT, and an unpredictable dramatic suckerpunch to the failures of the American Dream.
The film was originally intended as writer/director Terrence Malick’s follow-up to his acclaimed 1973 debut BADLANDS. Instead, the reins were given over to veteran Blaxploitation and Biker B-movie auteur extraordinaire Jack Starrett (a relative unknown). Malick received a co-writing credit under the pseudonym David Whitney. Although celebrated by directors such as David Gordon Green and Quentin Tarantino (who has mentioned plans for a possible remake), the film never got a proper home video release and has remained an unseen gem since its initial 1974 release.
Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüve, Turkey, 2015, 94min, NR, Digital
Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film - 2016 Academy Awards
The feature debut of Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and burgeoning sexuality. Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey, five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are subjected to virginity tests and married off one by one, the younger sisters look on in fear and resolve not to succumb to the same fate. Co-written by noted writer-director Alice Winocour (DISORDER).
"[A] beautifully mounted debut … the director proves especially skilled with her cast of newcomers[,] whose powerful individualism as well as their vibrant bond together are perfect vessels for the script's message" —Jay Weissberg, Variety
Dir. Frederick Wiseman, USA, 2015, 190min, NR, Digital
Jackson Heights, located in the New York City borough of Queens, lays claim to being the world's most diverse neighborhood. Locals say that 167 languages are spoken here. In contrast to urban blocks that are often more divided by ethnicity, Jackson Heights residents commingle in the same apartment buildings and shopping districts. In the Old Testament's Tower of Babel story, diversity was a recipe for disaster. In Jackson Heights, it somehow works.
Frederick Wiseman is best known for documenting institutions (NATIONAL GALLERY, AT BERKELEY). He now brings his observational approach to IN JACKSON HEIGHTS, filmed over the summer of 2014, to create a keen understanding of how this special place ticks.
OUR HEAVENLY BODIES with live accompaniment by Coupler
Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, Germany, 1925, 91min, NR, Digital
In 1925, German director Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to create a film unlike any that had come before. His aim was a film that would serve as both a summation of all the astronomical knowledge available at the time and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await humanity at the advent of space travel. With the help of 15 special effects technicians and nine cameramen, Kornblum's film is a technical marvel, one that revels in the beauty and mysteries of the universe, reminiscent of Carl Sagan's COSMOS more than 50 years later. View Trailer
Presented at Vanderbilt University's Dyer Observatory as part of the National Evening of Science on Screen, the film will be accompanied by a new live score by Nashville ambient electronic group Coupler.
Post-film Q&A: Bob O'Dell, Distinguished Research Professor of Astrophysics at Vanderbilt University, and the founding project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, which he helped design and for which he supervised construction.
Before and after the film: Tours of the observatory and stargazing through the observatory’s telescopes (weather permitting) with Vanderbilt astronomers.
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a special place of learning tucked high atop one of the tallest peaks near Nashville. Vanderbilt astronomy professor Carl Seyfert was the primary force in establishing the observatory by convincing over 80 firms, foundations and individuals for donations that ranged from electrical service to dynamite, making the Dyer Observatory a reality in 1953. The Dyer is named for Arthur J. Dyer, owner of the Nashville Bridge Company. He was not only was a generous donor to the project, but also agreed to build and install the massive main dome. Today, the Dyer inspires students and serves the public with “open house” nights, Telescope Nights, public lectures, summer camps, field trips, and the Bluebird on the Mountain concert series. The observatory is available for corporate and personal event rentals.
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
Dir. Ciro Guerra, Columbia, 2016, NR, 122min, Digital
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2016 Academy Awards
"EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is simply a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really. It's an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world." —Jessica Kiang,THE PLAYLIST
Post-film speaker information to be announced soon.
HOW THE BELCOURT'S RENOVATION AND THE BELCOURT CAMPAIGN WILL AFFECT MEMBERSHIPS
All current Belcourt memberships have been extended for a six-month period to cover construction and renovation work. Though we won’t be issuing new membership cards until each member’s next renewal (a helpful cost savings initiative), your extended expiration date will be in our records. Likewise, if you join during construction, your membership will be extended to account for the length of time lost to the theatre’s closure.
Members provide vital annual support for the nonprofit Belcourt Theatre and its innovative film programming. As a member, you'll enjoy a range of great benefits that include discounts on films and concessions, member-only invitations, and the inside scoop on upcoming events.
All Belcourt members receive these great benefits:
discounted admission to Belcourt films
20% discount on all Belcourt merchandise and non-alcoholic concessions
service charge waived for members when buying tickets online
discounts on select special events
monthly calendar of events mailed to your home
weekly email updates
VISIT OTHER ART HOUSES WHEN YOU TRAVEL! In addition to the benefits above, Belcourt members can visit other art house theatres across the U.S.—and receive their member discount. Check out the Art House Visiting Members Program here, including a list of over 40 art houses.
While our 90-year-old building is under renovation, the Belcourt’s education program continues to share the power of film and teach visual literacy throughout the community.
We take our Mobile Movie Theatre and teaching staff to schools, after-school programs and community centers throughout our region, providing young audiences with the opportunity to sense the power, magic, story-telling and universality that the art of film makes possible.
Our partnerships with schools, after-school programs, and community centers include:
Wright Middle School
Apollo Middle School
Oasis Just Us
McMurray Middle School
Madison Middle School/NAZA
Donelson Middle School/NAZA
Antioch High School
Hartman Park Community Center/NAZA
Glencliff High School
Nashville International Center for Empowerment
YMCA Brentwood Summer Camp
Riverdale High School
MNPS Transition Program
To learn more about partnering with the Belcourt's education program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Belcourt Theatre's mission is to engage, enrich, and educate through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond.
The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. We cultivate and build on the powerful sense of shared experience that audiences can achieve — taking advantage of our building’s physical character and location in the heart of a lively Nashville neighborhood. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee to bring inspiring films to children and young people with our Mobile Movie Theatre.
Today, the Belcourt Theatre thrives. It's recognized as one of Nashville's most vibrant arts organizations and as a leader among the country's art houses regionally and nationally. The Belcourt attracts audiences from throughout Middle Tennessee and the Southeast region, as well as visitors from more than 40 states and from other countries — a total of approximately 160,000 visitors annually. Over 11,000 people participate in our yearly in-theatre engagement programs, including Q&As with filmmakers and conversations with experts, scholars and community commentators. More than 1,200 students in our community benefit from film programming and visual literacy activities through one of our partner schools or organizations.
As of Dec 24, 2015, the Belcourt is closed for 5-6 months for essential renovation, construction and preservation — the first major work on the 90-year-old building in 50 years.
Main Office: 615-846-3150
The Belcourt's renovation and construction work will take approximately 5-6 months. The project's architect is Tuck-Hinton. The builder is R.C. Mathews Contracting.
This project represents the first major work in 50 years on the Belcourt's 90-year-old building. The work is being supported through generous financial gifts to the Belcourt Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here, including how you can make a gift.
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Expanded and more welcoming lobby, with added windows for both interior light and street activation all along our Belcourt Avenue frontage.
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Projection booth serving the 1966 theatre will include a digital cinema projection system (DCP) and upgraded sound system. This booth will also serve the new small screening room.