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The Beatles at Cape Ann Community Cinema This SAT 1/25

You can always count on Rob Newton to come up with something fun, which is exactly what we need in the dead of winter.  Here’s what he’s got cooked up for this weekend.

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA CELEBRATES
THE BEATLES AT 50

Beatles tribute band, film, plus new short this Saturday

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Acclaimed local Beatles tribute Studio Two will kick off the night taking moviegoers and fans back to the early 1960s when The Beatles were taking the world by storm.

In the new documentary short “The Beatles Boston,” filmmaker and lifelong Beatles fan Eric Green examines The Beatles’ history with the city of Boston. Featured interviews include Cha-Chi Loprete (the host of WZLX’s “Breakfast With The Beatles” program) and Tim Riley (NPR music critic and John Lennon biographer). The film illustrates why Boston has always loved The Beatles and continues to today.

The feature-length “The Beatles: First U.S. Visit” documents the Fab Four during their two week trip to New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami Beach. Footage includes an intimate look at the Beatles off-guard, off- and on-stage, their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, and the rise of Beatlemania. 

Ticket prices are $14.00 for adults, $12.00 for Cinema members. Advance tickets are suggested, and may be purchased at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

ABOUT STUDIO TWO
Studio Two is a Beatles tribute band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. These four lads met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town west of Liverpool––way west––in Milford, New Hampshire, and very faithfully recreates the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and onstage banter. More info at www.StudioTwoTribute.com.

ABOUT THE CACC
In its sixth year, the Cape Ann Community Cinema (www.CapeAnnCinema.com) is an intimate, 110-seat living-room-style digital theater, with tables for dining, comfortable chairs, and couches. It features an extensive DVD lending library for Cinema Members, and offers a variety of filmmaking courses for students ages 8 to 88. The Cape Ann Community Cinema is located at 21 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

For more information about the event or the Cape Ann Community Cinema, contact Rob Newton at (978) 309-8448 or CapeAnnCinema at gmail dot com.

 

Rob Newton Interview: Lawrence Blume, Director, “Tiger Eyes”

Award winning and best selling author Judy Blume is appearing tonight at Cape Ann Community Cinema. See for more information see: Judy Blume at Cape Ann Community Cinema Monday Night!!!

Since her first novel was published in 1969, Judy Blume has written nearly thirty more books, appealing to children (“Freckle Juice”), teens (“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”), and adults (“Summer Sisters”) and varying widely in the topics she so smartly covered with them. However, none has made the trip to the big screen, until now. Blume’s 1981 novel “Tiger Eyes,” about a teenage girl named Davey who is transplanted into a New Mexico mountain town after the sudden loss of her father, is the first, and is now in theaters. But why such a long wait for a Judy Blume movie, and why this one, and why now? Lawrence Blume, Judy’s son––and the director of the film––had some answers to these and other questions that her legions of fans want to know.

“Many producers have pondered adapting ‘Tiger Eyes’ over the years,” the junior Blume told North Shore Movies. “There were some false starts, and some things that didn’t work out.”

If things had worked out, Blume may not have been able to realize his dual dreams of adapting the book himself (he read all of them either in process or as they were released) and working with his mother on producing that adaptation.

“Making a film out of the book is something I’ve wanted to do since I read it in high school,” Blume says of the project. “The timing is perfect, and the deal was hard to resist. Yes, we had to make-do with a tiny budget [from a European producer] and just 23 days in which to shoot, but we had full creative control.”

For some, working on such an important project with one’s mother would be a situation far from ideal, but for Blume, it was just the opposite.

“The collaboration was joyful,” he says. “She is an unbelievably fertile artist, and it was amazing to have her to collaborate with. She was with me for nearly every shot, next to me in the director’s chair. It was incredible to be able to turn to her after a shot and say ‘This is the direction I’m going with Willa [Holland, who plays Davey], to have her there, saying ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘you are going off the rails.’ Directing is lonely, so to have someone who knows the story as intimately or more so was great.”

To read Rob Newton’s full interview from online NorthSHoreMovies ~

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Judy Blume at Cape Ann Community Cinema Monday Night!!!

Judy Blume, award winning and best selling author (Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret) is appearing Monday night at Cape Ann Community Cinema to introduce Tiger Eyes, followed by a Q & A.

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Have you checked out our plans to upgrade upon the successful completion of our Indiegogo campaign? With 2 weeks to go, we have reached 25% of our $30,000 goal, and we really need your help in getting the rest of the way. We are not rich Hollywood stars who would rather tap their fans than reach into their own pockets to see a project through. We are just crazy kids with a dream, one which we hope you are enjoying, too. Check out what we’re raising money for, and how you can help. Your donation to this essential campaign is tax-deductible, and we have a dozen different thank-you gifts, ranging from bumper stickers to private movie parties to complimentary admission to the Cinema for a whole year. The full menu of premiums is listed on our Indiegogo page. This campaign ends July 22nd, and if we reach our goal, we can be up-and-running with the new gear just after Labor Day.

Again, the full inventory of our needs and plans can be found onour Indiegogo page. This campaign ends on July 22nd.

If you haven’t bought your tickets to see best-selling author Judy Blume come present “Tiger Eyes” (the first big-screen adaptation of one of her books) on Monday, July 8th at 7:30pm, please do it soon. She will host a Q&A after the movie. You can read my interview with her son, Lawrence (the film’s writer, director, and producer) here. Order your tickets (while we still have some) atwww.CapeAnnCinema.com.

Thanks again––and see you at the movies!

Rob Newton
Creative Director
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Cape Ann Community Cinema Fiesta Weekend

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Buona Fiesta!

It’s that time of year again, when our neighborhood in Gloucester’s West End is taken over by elated revelers, Greasy Pole walkers, and the sons and daughters of this humble fishing village coming home for this 5-day holiday. As we share a building with the St. Peter’s Club, where the famous statue resides for the 364 days out of the year when he’s not painting the Fort red-and-green, we have become molto sensible (very sensitive) to the tastes of our Italian members and friends. This is why we have special programming during Fiesta week and Columbus Day weekend.

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Thank You!

Thank you with all my heart to everyone who attended my film premiere last night. I feel so very blessed to have had my beautiful community of friends and family there, and by attending, you all made the event a great success and sellout!!! What a whirlwind, and it went by all much, much too fast. I hope I didn’t miss saying thank you to anyone last night.

With love and gratitude to my wonderful team. I could not have done it without you!

Tom Hauck ~ Although I began shooting my film “script-less,” I did, through the course of filming, write the story. I know I can always go to Tom for editing assistance, commentary, and proofreading and find his advice and knowledge of the written word invaluable. Life Story of the Black Swallowtail stems from a profound desire to communicate about the natural world found in our own backyards and that can only be achieved when rooted in a beautiful story.

Liv and Kathleen ~ From the moment I asked Kathleen and Liv to help with the music for my film they were there, giving 100 percent of themselves. Thank you Liv for sharing your beautiful voice and Kathleen for your beautiful organ playing. Thank you both especially for the improvisations, which so gorgeously melded with scenes of the butterfly during metamorphosis. And thank you Liv for simply being the best and most supportive and loving daughter a mom a could ever dream of and hope for.

Craig Kimberley ~ To my friend Craig for his editing assistance, and especially for his stunning key frames (the swan in flight!), help with title design, and overall advice on the film as a whole. And special thanks to Hannah for sharing Craig on his days off!

Joey ~ My friend Joey for his tireless support of everything great and good about Gloucester, for the weeklong “sticky,” and for writing, “Butterflies FTW!” I love being part of his GMG team, for more reasons than I can count.

Andrew Love ~ Thanks and appreciation to Andrew, who really saved the day in the eleventh hour, despite the fact that he was in the midst of leaving Cape Ann TV and beginning his new job at Newburyport’s cable channel PortMedia!

Lisa Smith, Cape Ann TV Producer ~ To Lisa for her continued advice, support, and friendship, and assistance, too, in the eleventh hour (and for the wonderful bottle of champagne last night!).

Rob Newton ~ Thank you Rob for inviting me to have my premiere at your very special venue—and didn’t that gentleman fall off his seat at just the right moment! Link to CACC Indie Gogo fundraiser so Rob can continue to support up and coming filmmakers like myself.

Fred Bodin ~ For hosting, once again, a wonderful party at Bodin Historic Photo Gallery. Fred just has the magic touch—his gallery is always warm and welcoming and everyone always feels entirely at ease and has a fabulous time at his parties. Special thanks to John McElhenny for staying late and helping clean up.

Felicia, Pat, and Barry ~ Despite the fact that Felicia is in the final stages of writing her cookbook and preparing for her Kickstarter launch she, Barry, and Pat provided the wonderful array of food served at Fred’s last night.

JoeAnn Hart and Gordon for sharing their breathtakingly beautiful great drift of asters (mecca to the pollinators), of which we will see much more of in my Monarch film!

Donna and Rick and Ann and Bob Kennedy ~ Thank you for the beautiful flowers. I am very touched by your thoughtfulness. Ann, the flowers were you in absentia!

And special thanks to Kate at Wolf Hill for providing our “special guest star” Black Swallowtail caterpillar for the premiere. This is the second time a caterpillar has been found on a parsley plant at Wolf Hill and that Kate has offered it to me to raise.

Update on the caterpillar: Last night Kate’s caterpillar spun its silk girdle and it is going to pupate at any moment!

Again, my thanks and love to you all! And the butterflies thank you, too!!!

Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly Wedgewood Blue Lilac ©Kim Smith 2013Photo of  Newly Emerged Wolf Hill Butterfly from this Past Spring

Rob Newton’s Interview with Screenwriter Paul Laverty (“The Angels’ Share”)

“The Angels Share” is the Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and is playing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema this week.

Rob’s Interview:

The sweeping Irish historical epic “The Wind That Shakes The Barley.” The entertaining midlife crisis of “Looking For Eric.” The hard-hitting take on the world’s water woes in “Even The Rain.” Paul Laverty is responsible for writing some of the most intelligent and engaging films of the last decade, a trend that he continues in his latest, the bittersweet but heartwarming comedy from director Ken Loach, the master of social realist cinema. The film is the Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning “The Angels’ Share” a very likable tale about city outsiders in search of a better life.

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Glasgow boy Robbie (newcomer Paul Brannigan), while on community service, makes three friends, all similarly cast-out from society and hard-up to make ends meet. Little does Robbie know how much a drink could change their lives – not cheap booze, mind you, but the finest of malt whiskies. Robbie’s newly-discovered palate and delicate nose lead him and his crew to a strange new world – the Scottish Highlands – and the biggest gamble of their lives when a cask only rumored to exist appears and tempts them with a big way out of their hard-knock lives.

“The story grew out of the frustration with the way that young people are treated and demonized,” Laverty explains. “The chances are that people like Robbie will never find work in their lives – or taste Scotland’s national drink. They’re frustrated and angry and often self-destructive, and it was such a fun challenge to find a balance that would depict that.” To read the entire interview visit NorthShoreMovies.net

Passports Restaurant followed by Love and Other Anxieties at Cape Ann Community Cinema for a lovely night out!

Last night I met my friend Lyda and her associate produce Erin at Passports Resturant for a glass of wine and an appetizer before Lyda’s screening of Love and Other Anxieties. They both loved Eric’s popovers (who doesn’t?) and we were all stunned by the enormity of the crabcakes, which were simply perfect. Golden brown and a tiny bit crunchy on the outside, and within, very nearly all crabmeat, with just a very small amount of breading to hold the crabmeat together; served on a bed of fresh greens and roasted red bell peppers.

We then walked the two short blocks to the Cape Ann Community Cinema. Movie tickets included dinner. That struck me as a little odd and I didn’t quite understand how they could pull that off. Dinner is prepared by none other than neighboring Virgilios–a piping hot concoction of pasta, chicken, and broccoli in a creamy cheese sauce along with a lovely garden salad and ginormous chocolate cupcake. And Cape Ann Community Cinema recently acquired their liquor liscense. You can enjoy a glass of wine while dinning, sitting on a large comfy sofa, all while viewing the movie.

Kent, Lyda, Erin, and Rob

Lyda’s screening went beautifully and her movie played to a crowd of enthusiastic and engaged attendees. The audience stayed for about 45 minutes following the film for an informal talk with Lyda.  I think we all found the discussion highly informative and inspiring. Special thanks to Rob for hosting Love and Other Anxieties.

Erin and Lyda

Check out Cape Ann Community Cinema’s summer long schedule–what a fabulous events venue Rob has going here. By the way–any leftover dinner goes straight to our local shelter.

Celebrate Gloucester Video Documentary

This is the documentary we made to Celebrate Gloucester at Latitude 43.  It features interviews with Mark McDonough , Fisherman Peter Libro , Nicole Duckworth- from Duckworth Bistrot, Debbie Clarke- artist, Dave Anderson from The Black Swan, Ashley From Lat 43, Lobsterman Joe Mondello, Joe and Mary Ellen Borge from The Lone Gull, Lobsterman Mark Ring, Chef Zach Sears, Cape Ann Community Cinema’s Rob Newton, Stephanie From Lat 43, Lobsterwoman Renee, Real Estate Tycoon Ruth Pino, Ryan and Wood Distiller Bobby Ryan.

I hope you enjoy it.  there are some pretty touching moments in here.

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GMG Q&A Robert Newton- Head Cheese At The Cape Ann Community Cinema

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)
NorthShoreMovies.net. I’m wrangling all my unemployed movie critic friends to produce reviews and movie-related content.

How long have you lived in Gloucester?
Since the spring, but summers since birth. Actually, since before that. I’m pretty sure I was conceived in a cottage on Wheeler’s Point on Memorial Day in 1968.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
The fall, after the tourists and before the freeze.
Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?
Lighthouse Beach after dark at low tide, when the bioluminescent microorganisms in the sand glow when you step on the soft damp sand, crushing their tiny, tiny exoskeletons.
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?
Sebastian’s. Best sauce ever. I think it comes from Heaven.
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?
Virgilio’s, and not just because it’s next door.
What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
Squam Rock, despite the lingering fear of tripping and falling to my death.
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?
I’m not a big drinker, but Dog Bar sure does make good sandwiches.
What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
Two Sisters, and not just because it’s on my walk to work.
What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?
I love the community vibe of the Block Parties, and the total chaos of Fiesta.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?
I’m a delicate flower and don’t take sun well, but give me a burn on a boat any day.
Who is your favorite local artist?
Haig Demarjian. His creations fascinate and scare me. His giant “Phantom” is looking at me right now.
Which is your favorite local beach?
Good Harbor. Egg salad sandwiches and Lik-A-Maids from the snack bar make some of my favorite childhood memories.
Who has the best chowder in town?
Last Stop. One of the things I miss most about showing movies in East Gloucester.
Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?
Kenny MacCarthy’s BlynmanWatch.com
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?
Clam chowder, no question about it (and do I even need to say “not Manhattan“?)
What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?
Extremely well organized, and I look forward to seeing them grow.
What is your favorite local band?
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? Their debut album is a work of friggin’ aht.

Cape Ann Community Cinema’s Rob Newton

Rob Newton in his Leonardo Dicaprio “I’m The King Of The World” moment.

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GGAP III Thank You

To those of you who saw yesterday’s presentations, a big thank you!

Rob Newton’s slideshow of his grandfather’s old postcards was beautifully set to music. My interview with Karen McCormack was highlighted by her dad’s arrival from Arizona just in time to see himself on the big screen. Mike Lindberg’s video of “Gloucester til the End” brought tears to everyone’s eyes. He commented that there would be a remake of the song and video when the band performs for the JJ Nicastro benefit at Capt. Carlo’s on June 25. Jay Albert included some interesting computer-generated music with his slideshow of gorgeous Gloucester photos including a shot of a tornado at last year’s Fiesta. And the show was wrapped up by the Bait and Tackle crew Tom Papows, Michael Pallazola, & Emile Doucette who will be traveling to Toronto for a film competition in May where they have been selected as one of 14 finalists for their Greasy Pole video.

Although it was a beautiful day, we are grateful for those who came to support the emerging talent of Gloucester Guerilla Art Project artists. Missed you, Joey!