Hello NEON Fans!
We’ve gotta keep moving. Audiences have been loving the Hitchcock films on the big screen (they look and sound incredible), so we’re bringing two more. If you still need to see VERTIGO or PSYCHO, you only have until Thursday. On Friday, we’re bringing MARNIE (with Tippi Hedren & Sean Connery) and REAR WINDOW(with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly). Additionally this week, we will bring back the crowd-favorite BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT as well as a new senior-driven romantic dramedy – NEVER TOO LATE. If you still need to see THE TOBACONNIST (which audiences are raving about), it will continue in-person screenings through the weekend and its virtual engagement will also continue.
Synopsis for MARNIE: Our “Hitchcock 101 Series” continues this weekend with two familiar leads – Tippi Hedren & Sean Connery in MARNIE! This brilliant film is a favorite of professor emeritus Charles Derry of Wright State’s renowned film program…and Hitchcock was someone we studied quite a bit in film school. That said, I feel as though this film is not mentioned nearly as often as PSYCHO and VERTIGO. I think it deserves to be seen on the big screen! “Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) is a customer of one Mr. Strutt, whose business was robbed by his secretary, the mysterious Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren). When Marnie applies for a job with Mark, with the intention of stealing from him, Mark — who is obsessively in love with her — blackmails her into marrying him. However, he soon discovers that she has severe psychological issues regarding men, thunderstorms and the color red, and resolves to help her come to terms with her past trauma.” Click the image below to watch the film’s trailer.
Synopsis for REAR WINDOW: We’re delighted to continue our classic Hitchcock retrospectives with 2 Hollywood icons – Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in REAR WINDOW. “The story of a recuperating news photographer who believes he has witnessed a murder. Confined to a wheelchair after an accident, he spends his time watching the occupants of neighboring apartments through a telephoto lens and binoculars and becomes convinced that a murder has taken place.” Click the image below to watch the film’s trailer.
Synopsis for BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT: “Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.” Click the image below to watch the film’s trailer.
Synopsis for NEVER TOO LATE: “It’s been decades since Caine, Bronson, Angus and Wendell escaped a POW camp. Now, they’re sharing a new prison, Hogan Hills Retirement Home. The four band together for an escape plan, but the rules of engagement have changed-and so has what they’re fighting for. Never Too Late is a heartwarming story about how you’re never too old to chase your dreams.” Starring James Cromwell, Jacki Weaver, Dennis Waterman, and Jack Thompson. If you’re still not up for in-person screenings, this film will be available in our Virtual Cinema starting next Friday. Click the image below to watch the film’s trailer.
Don’t forget that you can join Dr. Judy Schwartzman and me for a discussion about the film THE TOBACCONIST on Monday, July 20 at 7pm. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you still have plenty of options to see it in person at THE NEON…or you can rent it in our Virtual Cinema! Synopsis for THE TOBACCONIST – In-Person & Virtual Cinema Engagement: “Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship.” I saw this lovely gem of a film at The Cleveland International Film Festival in 2019, and I’ve been waiting ever since to bring it to THE NEON. On July 20 at 7pm, Dr. Judy Schwartzman and I will co-facilitate a special “post screening discussion” via Zoom, hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton. You can sign up for that HERE, and you can click the image below to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour access to the film for $12.
New this week in our Virtual Cinema is a documentary about a professor at Julliard who has helped lead many great actors on their path to greatness. The film is about his life and and also about the philosophy of his craft. Synopsisfor CREATING A CHARACTER: “What do Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, and Adam Driver have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary actors who have studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Julliard – America’s greatest performing arts school. Born in Jerusalem, Moni was a principal performer with Marcel Marceau’s mime company before becoming a director and teacher. CREATING A CHARACTER explores his extraordinary life and includes insightful interviews with luminaries like Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Kline and more.” As a special bonus to fans of THE NEON and the Dayton Performing Arts Community, a special Artists’ Roundtable has been scheduled for Sunday, July 19 at 5:00. You’ll be able to tune in via our Facebook page or our new Youtube page. The Artists’ Roundtable will include Kevin Moore from The Human Race Theatre Company, Joe Deer from Wright State University, and two New York performing artists who have both worked in Dayton as well as studied with Moni – Colby Lane Chambers and Jasmine Batchelor. (Batchelor appears in this documentary and is also the star of the critically acclaimed film THE SURROGATE – also offered in THE NEON’s Virtual Cinema.) Click the image below to gain 72 hour access to CREATING A CHARACTER for $10.
These films are sticking around in our Virtual Cinema:
Synopsis for ONE SMALL STEP – Virtual Engagement: We know that Daytonians love a collection of short films! So here’s one that’s good for the entire family. “Embark on a roller coaster of imagination and possibility in this ShortsTV-presented compilation of new and acclaimed, family-friendly animated short films.” For instructions on how you can watch this film beyond your laptop or pad, visit the distributor’s Help Page HERE. Click the image below to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour access to this collection for $7.99.
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE in our Virtual Cinema. Synopsis: “Rated “100% Fresh” on Rottentomatoes! “Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.” Click the image below to gain 72 hour access to the film for $12.
Wanna know what’s coming down the road in our virtual cinema? (Click any title to watch that film’s trailer.) On July 15, we’ll open the wonderful documentary about a beloved Julliard professor – On July 22, we will open FLANNERY – a film about Flannery O’Connor that Ken Burns calls “an extraordinary documentary.” On July 24, we plan to begin offering NEVER TOO LATE – starring James Cromwell and Jacki Weaver.
Over the last past few weeks, I’ve been chatting about the changes we’ve made in order to keep people safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. One item I want to remind you is that seating is available for each show at least 40 minutes before the start time. Please arrive at least a few minutes early so you can find your assigned seat while the lights are still up!
We’re doing a little fundraising to help keep our numbers afloat. Through the month of July, for a minimum of $100 donation, your name (or company name) will be added to a new NEON t-shirt (which will go on sale later in August). Donations can be made in person or via the “donate” button on our official site…and of course you’ll get a complimentary t-shirt when they’re ready! Click the image below to visit our donation page…just be sure to leave your email address and the name you’d like on the shirt in the “notes” section upon checking out (max. 20 characters). Thanks for considering!
We hope to see you soon!
Be safe & well.