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Laramie Film Society

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Promoting Cinema in Laramie, Wyoming

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LFS annual film poll
Wyo Theatre news
LFS is now officially a 501 (c)(3) organization
History of the Laramie Film Society
History of the Wyo Theatre
More About the Group
How to Join LFS
Join the LFS E-mail List
How to Volunteer/Get Involved
Minutes of meetings
Important Documents
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Sundries of the World Asian Film Series

The Albany County Public Library's free fall film series features 10 award winning foreign language films from Asia. All films are being shown on Sunday nights at 7 p.m. at the library, Eighth and Grand from October 2 through December 4, 2016. The films, which are open to the public, are all shown on a big screen with a surround sound system. Admission is free to all films, and so are the snacks. Here is the schedule:

October 2 — Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Yume — 1990)[2.5 stars]

Japan's greatest director wrote and co-directed this film about eight dreams which range from serene to nightmares about Japan's past and future. Winner of three film awards. Rated PG, running time one hour and 59 minutes. Language, Japanese, with English subtitles.

October 9 — Coming Home (Gui lai — 2014)[3.5 stars]

Chinese star Gong Li heads up this film about a family torn apart by China's Cultural Revolution. A former political prisoner (Chen Daoming) tries to help his wife (Gong Li) regain her memory and rediscover their love for each other after he returns home from years of imprisonment. Winner of 15 international film awards. Rated: PG-13, running time 109 minutes. Language, Mandarin with English subtitles.

October 16 — The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan maut — 2011)[3 stars]

A rookie commando must lead a small team in a desperate attempt to rescue his fellow commandos who are surrounded in a building full of heavily armed criminals. This violent Indonesian film won six international film awards. Rated R, running time, 101 minutes. Language, Indonesian with English subtitles.

October 23 — The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua he chieu thang dung — 2000)[3 stars]

This Vietnamese film from the director of Cyclo and The Scent of Green Papaya is about three sisters who live near Hanoi. The sisters get together on the anniversary of their mother's death and share their secrets about family, love and friendship. Rated PG-13, running time, 112 minutes. Language, Vietnamese with English subtitles.

October 30 — Thirst (Bakjwi — 2009)[3 stars]

This Korean film (the series Halloween special) is a about a priest who becomes a vampire through a failed medical experiment and is forced to try to reconcile his faith with is newfound thirst, and sexual desires. Winner of eight international film awards. Rated R, running time, 2 hours and 13 minutes. Language, Korean with English subtitles.

November 6 — 5 Centimeters per Second (ByŰsoku 5 senchimÍtoru — 2007)[3 stars]

This Japanese anime dreamily explores the character Takaki's inner feelings about his childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Director Makoto Shinkai has been compared to the great Hayao Miyazaki in the artistry of his animated features. This film won the Best Animated Feature Film award at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Rated TV-PG, running time One hour and three minutes. Language, Japanese with English subtitles.

November 13 — My Love, Don't Cross That River (2014 — Korea)[3 stars]

This documentary film follows a couple who have been married 76 years as they share intimate moments and memories. Winner of three international film awards. Not rated, running time one hour, 26 minutes. Language, Korean with English subtitles.

November 20 — A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi — 2009)[2.5 stars]

A visit by a Persian gun salesman sets off a series of fatal double-crosses involving a police deputy, a Chinese restaurateur, his adulterous wife, and a pair of inept employees. Rated R, running time, 90 minutes. In Mandarin and English with subtitles.

November 27 — Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand — 2010)[3 stars]

Surrounded by his loved ones, living and dead, Uncle Boonmee, near death, reflects on memories of his past lives, and decides he must visit a special place before he dies. Winner of eight international film awards. Not rated, running time, 114 minutes. Languages, Thai and French with English subtitles.

December 4 — Water (India — 2005)[3 stars]

Eight year old Chuyia, newly widowed, must go to live with other outcast widows on an ashram in 1938 India. Her presence, and Mahatma Gandhi's groundbreaking philosophies, transform the place. This Oscar-nominated Indian film won 16 international film awards. Rated PG-13, running time 117 minutes. Languages are Hindi and Sanskrit with English subtitles.

This film series is sponsored by the Albany County Public Library and co-sponsored by the Laramie Film Society.

To be notified by e-mail of upcoming Laramie Film Society Activities, including film series schedules, subscribe to the Laramie Film Society's e-mail announcement list at!forum/laramie-film-society-announcements.

LFS film poll

The 50th Anniversary Movie Poll is back again for a third year.

Each year in the Fall, the "winner" of the poll is shown. In 2014, we showed Dr. Strangelove (1964) and last year we screened Dr. Zhivago (1965).

This year, the winner of the poll was Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Other films from that year included: Alfie, Blow-Up, Born Free, Fahrenheit 451, The Battle of Algiers, El Dorado, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, The Endless Summer, Fantastic Voyage, The Fortune Cookie, Grand Prix, Georgy Girl, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, A Man and A Woman, A Man For All Seasons, Khartoum, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Professionals, Seconds, The Sand Pebbles, The Trouble With Angels, How to Steal a Million, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Blue Max and The Chase.

Criteria to considered: entertainment value, influence on later movies, endurance in popular culture, artistic cinema technique, and re-watchability. Visit the LFS blog, for a list of films that can be borrowed from UW's Coe Library and from the Albany County Public Library, as well as those for rent at Hastings, click on the link to the LFS blog:

Wyo Theatre news

[Picture of Wyo Theatre]

Laramie's historic Wyo Theatre, 309 S. Fifth St. in Laramie, is still closed, but there may be some films shown there in the future. The membership plan apparently fell short of the goal of 100 memberships. For more information, visit the Wyo Theatre's website:

LFS shows summer films outdoors

The Laramie Film Society presented “Easy Street,” “The Goat” and “An Eastern Westerner” during Jubilee Days last year. These films were not shown this year for the first time in 16 years, due to an absence of volunteers to help with it. Thanks to the cooperation of Music Box building owner for letting LFS use its wall. Thanks to the Cross Country Connection for agreeing to letting us use electricity for the projector.

“Easy Street,” released in 1917 is one of Charlie Chaplin's early comedy classics. This 19-minute Mutual studio silent film pits the diminutive Chaplin, who plays a policeman, against a huge street thug played by Eric Campbell. Chaplin also wrote and directed this film. Chaplin creates humor from the unlikely subjects of poverty and violence in some mean city streets.

“The Goat” is a classic 1921 comedy. It is about a man (played by the legendary Buster Keaton) who is mistakenly identified as a murderer in newspapers and posters. He desperately dodges the police, and a variety of other pursuers, displaying incredible acrobatic skills and ingenuity. This film was selected by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of Keaton's two best short films (the other was “The Boat”). Keaton, a legendary movie actor, writer and director, also co-directed and scripted this film with Malcolm St. Clair. Keaton (1895-1966) was one of the true comic geniuses of film, with a brilliant career that spanned decades. His acrobatic physical style of comedy is similar to that of Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan.

“The Goat” is the first film purchased by the Laramie Film Society. “Easy Street” was purchased in the summer of 2004. In the past we have rented all of the films we have shown. By shopping around on the Internet, LFS found a source of 16 millimeter films for a reasonable price. We can buy a film for about the same amount of money it costs to rent one.

“An Eastern Westerner” is a 1920 film starring Harold Lloyd, one of the biggest stars of silent films. The print we bought in 2010 is essentially the second half of this 20-minute film (which is O.K., because it is the funnier half and we got it at half price). The first half of the film takes place in a large city, probably New York. The half of the movie we have takes place in a town in the west populated by bad guys and crooked card sharks. There is also a group of hooded riders who look a lot like the KKK, menacing people in the town. The nimble Lloyd outsmarts the bad guys and gets the girl, of course.

Laramie Film Society events are sponsored by The Alibi Pub and Mizu Sushi restaurant.

Report on the 501 (c)(3) status of LFS

The IRS has determined that the Laramie Film Society is exempt from federal income tax as described in section 501 (c)(3) of the tax code. The LFS received the determination letter in mid-February.

This is a final determination. Since we have a reasonable assurance that our application was filed before the deadline, all donations to LFS dating back to September 5, 2000 should be eligible for deduction from federal income taxes. Donations are only allowable as deductions to the extent that the donations are gifts. LFS memberships and LFS t-shirts, and LFS movie ticket sales are not really eligible because people receive consideration for those purchases.

The complete IRS determination letter can be accessed by clicking on this link. This determination letter has been scanned into text, so there may be some typos. E-mail me (Robert Roten) so I can fix any typos you might spot. My e-mail address can be found on my web page Laramie Movie Scope. A copy of IRS Publication 1771 which outlines the rules for charitable donations was included with the decision letter. This short, two page document is well worth reading if you plan to donate anything to any non-profit organization. I was unable to scan this document into a text file, but I found a copy of it on the Internet (it is not available at the IRS site for some reason). A copy of Publication 1771 is included with the copy of the decision letter linked above. To read it, click on this link.

The 501 (c)(3) application for recognition of exemption (forms 1023, 8718, and 872-C) was delivered to the IRS office in Kentucky at 9 a.m. December 28, 2001, according to the UPS Internet delivery tracking system.

The delivery was three days before the deadline (the end of the 15th month from the date of incorporation). That means donations to LFS back to the date of incorporation (Sept. 5, 2000) should be tax-deductible. I have one copy of the application and I have made two others so that LFS Secretary Lynn Hamblin and Treasurer Casey Woods can keep them on file. I will also keep a copy on file. By law, a copy of the application must be kept on file for public inspection for three years.

The application uses form 872-C to “consent fixing period of limitation upon assessment of tax under section 4890 of the Internal Revenue Code.” The reason for including this form in the application is that it is required when seeking an "advance ruling" rather than a "definitive ruling" on our tax- exempt status. Rather than making an advance ruling, however, the IRS chose to make a final ruling, so that form was evidently not needed. Who knew?

More About the Group

Join, Donate to LFS

You can join LFS by sending $15 to the Laramie Film Society, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Laramie Film Society, 3019 Pope Springs Road, Laramie, WY, 82070. Donations to LFS can be sent to the same address. Donations are tax deductible.

Join the LFS E-Mail Lists

The best way to keep up with the group's activities is to join the LFS e-mail lists. To do this, visit!forum/laramie-film-society-announcements and sign up. This is an announcement list only. Notices will include upcoming films, polls, meetings and other LFS announcements. There is no discussion among list participants. We expect an average of less than one announcement per week. You can also view all of the messages that have already been posted to the list at this location.

We also have a discussion list. You can subscribe to the discussion list by visiting this website As with most Google features, these sites work best when you are using a Google Chrome browser. If all else fails, e-mail Robert Roten (address at bottom of page) and ask him to send you invitations to either list.

Our Mailing Address

Laramie Film Society
3019 Pope Springs Road
Laramie, WY  82070

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