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WHILE THE BELCOURT’S CLOSED… SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

As the Belcourt remains closed due to COVID-19, we’ve compiled this overview to answer questions you may have about how you can watch the new releases we’re making available — and participate in other online film engagement offerings we have.

Thank you for supporting the Belcourt.

What kinds of programming and online engagement is the Belcourt doing during this closure period?

Virtual screenings of new releases you can watch at home  — In partnerships with film distributors, we’re offering new releases that (in most cases) we’d have shown in the theatre itself — and your virtual ticket purchase helps support the Belcourt. These are movies that aren’t available for rental or streaming elsewhere (i.e. through platforms like Netflix, Amazon, iTunes).

Seminars and other film engagement opportunities — We’ve recently concluded a four-part, online version of our popular seminar, Anatomy of Cinema. We have an online Living Room Film Club, in partnership with the Nashville Scene, that gathers online weekly (Wed, 8pm).

Watch parties and film chats — With some of the same spirit that’s behind our Belcourt Midnights experience, we’re creating pre-shows, special intros, and online Belcourt staff commentary for bi-weekly watch parties of selected films. The pre-shows, commentary and chat happen on Twitch — while participants all watch the movie together on a separate platform (i.e. Netflix or other streaming service).

In addition to our website information, you’ll hear more about our ongoing programming and engagement activities via our Belcourt emails and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Can we watch these virtual screenings of new releases on our TV or must it be on a computer screen?

It just depends on the film and the streaming platform the distributor is using.

Below are useful links that provide more details on specific distributors’ platforms for the films currently available to watch — and how to contact them if you need assistance.

CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE: Greenwich Entertainment
A THOUSAND CUTS: PBS Distribution
HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Kino Lorber
THE FIGHT: Magnolia Pictures
GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND: Greenwich Entertainment
2020 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour: Sundance Film Festival
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE: Magnolia Pictures

Here’s some general info on streaming that may help too.

The easiest way to get content from your computer (from the emailed link a distributor sends you) to your TV screen is to “mirror” what’s on your computer to your TV with an HDMI cord.  Simply connect your computer to your TV with the cord, and you are set!

If your TV allows you to log-on to the internet, you can navigate to your email account, and then play the film from the link sent to you by the distributor.

Other options: How do I watch on my Smart TV?

It depends on the Smart TV you have. There are several options.

Watching from an App on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, etc

Some Smart TVs will let you download Apps from distributors on to your smart TV – then you can sign in to the app and watch the film through the app.

Learn how to download an App on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick

Chromecast

You can “cast” a video from your computer or smart device (phone, iPad) using the following steps

  • Open the movie on your device (computer or phone)
  • At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this: 
  • If you don’t see that icon and you’re casting from a computer in the Chrome browser, you can open the menu in the upper right corner of the window (or the View menu) and select “Cast”
  • Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Chromecast. If you don’t see your Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network

You can find more details on the Chromecast website.

Apple TV

You can do that using a method called AirPlay! Here is how to do it:

  • Open the movie on your Apple device (computer, iPhone or iPad)
  • At the bottom right of the video window you should see the AirPlay icon. 
  • It looks like this: 
  • Once you tap the icon, select “Apple TV” from the list of devices

And that should be it! You can also find these instructions and more information on the Apple website.

Roku

You can cast a video from your Android or Windows device using the following steps:

  • Open the movie on your device
  • At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this: 
  • Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Roku/Chromecast.
  • If you don’t see your Roku/Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network. The channel should launch automatically and playback will begin!

Is there a Belcourt member price for these virtual screenings?

Please note that our arrangements with film distributors in these unprecedented times means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and for your support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here.

I am trying to purchase a virtual ticket, and I can’t remember my Belcourt password.

You won’t need your Belcourt password. The virtual films we're offering are ticketed through their respective distributors—not through the Belcourt's regular ticketing. We are just providing special links and the distributors are sharing the ticket profits with us. 

Your Belcourt login will not work on those sites and, depending on the film and its distributor, you may have to create an account (for example, to watch CORPUS CHRISTI, you have to create an account with Film Movement to pay for the film).

When will the Belcourt re-open?

We don’t currently know. We will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of our local government officials and health and safety experts.

How can I help the Belcourt during this period when it’s closed?

The Belcourt has always been supported by a wonderful community of film fans. At this unprecedented time, you can help simply by making a much-appreciated donation — or by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or moving your membership to a higher level.

However you’re able to give, we’re most grateful. Thank you.

How will the COVID19 closure affect memberships?

We don't know yet when it'll be safe to reopen, but for now we're grateful for the continued stream of membership revenue — and we deeply appreciate the support those tax deductible gifts mean for the Belcourt. Right now, we're depending solely on the generosity of our members and donors — because without the revenue from tickets and concessions, those gifts will make it possible for the Belcourt to continue to offer innovative programming and pay our staff for as long as we can.

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