The Majestic Theater at Gettysburg College has partnered with historic arthouse cinemas near Philadelphia and New Jersey to kick off a new online movie chat series, Deep Focus. Numerous live online discussions with film experts and industry leaders are planned over the next few months, with more events scheduled through 2022. The series is funded by a grant from the Vesta Fund.
Deep Focus provides an engaging environment for moviegoers to expand their film knowledge and interact with other fans and film specialists, cultivating a strong community rooted in the love of cinema and discussion as a social, artistic and social activity. intellectual.
This fall, there are several themed series on offer, each consisting of four different online events. These series are Middle Eastern Cinema, Asian-American Identity Series and Wes on Wednesdays, a retrospective of Wes Anderson films in preparation for the release of The French Dispatch in October. The popular and on-going Hollywood Classics series also continues this fall and includes a discussion of Cecil B. DeMille’s Oscar-winning film on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, directed by the Founding Executive Director of The Majestic Theater, Jeffrey Gabel on September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Gabel, a retired professional circus clown, will share his stories from the marquee.
âSince reopening the Majestic in 2005 following its refurbishment, we have built a large and loyal following for classic films and first-run independent films. The Deep Focus partnership with Renew Theaters will give our clients of the Majestic access to a much larger world of moviegoers and cinema specialists to deepen their appreciation of cinema, âGabel explained.
Access to each discussion is $ 5, and a full schedule and registration are available on the deepfocus.film site. Access to Deep Focus is free for Majestic members. Members can contact [email protected] for help with member passes. The calendar is updated regularly as new discussions are organized. Chat movies are not included in the virtual event – chat participants are encouraged to view the movies before the live chats. Suggestions on how to do this are offered on the website.
The Majestic Theater has partnered with Renew Theaters, which includes the County Theater in Doylestown, Pa., The Ambler Theater in Ambler, Pa., The Hiway Theater in Jenkintown, Pa., And the Princeton Garden Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, to present Deep Focus. The series is underwritten by The Vesta Fund, which was created by a 1991 graduate of Gettysburg College who advocates for community contributions from local historic cinemas.