Downtown Durham — Tickets: (919) 560-3030
Retrofantasma Film Series
What is Retrofantasma?
Admit it, you like being scared on purpose.
When the shriek of a violin makes you jump, when dark shadows scurrying past a flashlight’s beam take your attention from the world, when you hear a scream at night in the distance and wonder what’s playing on the TV at your neighbor’s house, you step---for the briefest of moments---into the magic realm of scary movies. Simply put, Retrofantasma is a monthly double feature where some of the greatest and most fun scary movies ever made are playing on the big screen again. The way they were meant to be seen. In 35mm. With an audience that’s screaming and laughing and cheering alongside you during the ride.
What is RetroClassics?
Retrofantasma Classics was born in July 2010 with a William Castle double feature of 13 Ghosts and Homicidal. These monthly double-features of genre films from the 1950s through the early 1970s includes the infamous gimmickry of William Castle, the magic of Ray Harryhausen and classic monster and giant bug films. Some of these films are considered masterpieces while others are simply great “bad” movies.
What is RetroTreasures?
Comedies and dramas from the early 30s through the mid-90s and the kitchen sink, that's what RetroTreasures is. What exactly constitutes a comedy or drama is still up in the air, but we're launching this season with a line-up of movies that gives you a good idea of where to begin. For years, fans have been requesting titles that didn't necessarily fit into Retrofantasma or RetroClassics, which are mostly intended for genre films. And as much as I like pushing the envelope with those series, I can't quite justify the inclusion of Full Metal Jacket or Some Like It Hot in either of them. You know what I'm talking about. This edition of Retro will be very similar to its forerunners. There'll be a recurring "Intro Ring", door prizes, and classic movie trailers at every program. It will even have its own theme song. Finally, here is a Retro where you can request Sixteen Candles as well as The African Queen. As RetroTreasures evolves and becomes more defined, we'll get a better understanding of where we're headed. For now, I hope you join us in exploring this exciting edition of your favorite film series.
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Nevermore Film Festival
February 21-23, 2014
The NEVERMORE Film Festival was created in 1999. NEVERMORE is dedicated to screening brand new horror features from around the world, as well as some fan favorites. Many of these films will never receive a theatrical release in the United States. Classic suspense movies, hyper-violent Hong Kong cinema and everything in between are included. NEVERMORE is an exciting three-day feast of the macabre!
Find out more at the Nevermore Film Festival site
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
August 9-18, 2013
The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization.
The NCGLFF celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today's gay and lesbian life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.
Find out more at the NCGLFF site.
Escapism Film Festival
September 9-15, 2013
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