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[Picture of movie projector by Connor Mullen]

Promoting Cinema in Laramie, Wyoming

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LFS shows outdoor movies at the Alibi
LFS is 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
Wyo Theatre news
Minutes of meetings
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Free Foreign Film Series

The Fifth Annual Sundries of the World Winter/Spring Film Series of foreign films opens February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Albany County Public Library with the Indian film Hotel Salvation.

This free film series continues on after Feb. 24 every Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Large Meeting Room through May 12. A complete schedule is below, along with a brief synopsis of each film and critic's ratings. This series is sponsored by the library, and is co-sponsored by the Laramie Film Society, which provides logistical and monetary support for movies shown at the library.

All shows are free, as is the popcorn, pop and candy. Donations are accepted.

Following is the schedule for films in this series with ratings and links to reviews. Ratings are as follows: four stars is excellent, three stars is good, two stars is average and one star is poor. Ratings marked with an asterisk are composite ratings compiled from critic ratings at the Movie Review Query Engine or Metacritic. Other ratings come from other sites, such as Laramie Movie Scope.

February 24 – Hotel Salvation (2016)[3.5 stars]* — The story of a reluctant Indian son, Rajiv, who must take his father, Daya, to the holy city of Varanasi, where his father believes he will breathe his last breath and attain salvation. Language, Hindi, running time, 102 minutes.
March 3 – On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl)[3 stars]* — When a Hungarian man and woman meet at work, they discover that they have the same dreams at night, and they decide to try to make them come true. Language, Hungarian, running time, 116 minutes.
March 10 – No (2012)[3.5 stars]* — A young advertising executive comes up with a bold plan to win a national referendum election to force dictator Augusto Pinochet out of power in Chile. Rated R, language, Spanish, running time 116 minutes.
March 17 – A Fantastic Woman (2017)[3.5 stars]* — A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend. Winner of the foreign language film Academy Award, and many other awards, in 2018. Language, Spanish, running time 104 minutes.
March 24 – The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin)[3 stars]* — A well-known Japanese attorney takes on the defense of a murder suspect who freely admits his guilt, but as he digs deeper into the case, he begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer. Language, Japanese, running time, 124 minutes.
March 31 – Foxtrot (2017)[b4 stars]* — Israeli military authorities refuse to inform the distraught parents of a soldier where and how their son died, or even if his body has been recovered. Language, Hebrew, running time 113 minutes.
April 7 – Toni Erdmann (2016)[3.5 stars]* — A hard-working woman reluctantly agrees to spend time with her estranged father. As she pushes back against her father's crazy practical jokes and other antics they unexpectedly find themselves closer than they've ever been. Languages, German, English and Romanian, running time, 162 minutes.
April 14 – Un Traductor (2018)[2.5 stars]* — An emotional and heartfelt drama about a Russian literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment. Languages, Spanish and Russian, running time 107 minutes.
April 21 – I am Not a Witch (2017)[3.5 stars]* — After being found guilty of witchcraft an African child is imprisoned in a witch camp, where she is told that if she tries to escape, she will be cursed and transformed into a goat. Languages, English and Nyanja, running time 93 minutes.
April 25 – Under the Tree (2017)[3 stars] — A dispute between neighbors in Iceland starts small, but gradually grows out of control. Language, Icelandic, running time, 89 minutes.
May 5 – The Bothersome Man (2006)[3 stars]* — In a strange city where everyone seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town (without any memory of how he got there) and stirs up trouble by asking questions. Language, Norwegian, running time, 95 minutes.
May 12 – The Great Beauty (2013)[3.5 stars]* — An aging writer bitterly recollects his passionate youth. Languages, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese, running time, 141 minutes.

Outdoor movies at the Alibi Pub

The Laramie Film Society, in cooperation with one of its sponsors, The Alibi Pub Wood Fire Pizzaria and Bakery, 404 S 4th St., showed an outdoor movie August 4 at the outdoor stage in the Alibi Pub's patio area.

The movie was the film noir classic "D.O.A." (1949). There were not too many people there, due to rain which lasted almost up to the time the movie started at 8:30 p.m., but the few hardy souls who stayed seemed to be captivated by this unique film (there was a remake in 1988).

We hope to do another outdoor film next year.

Outdoor film showings gave us a chance to use our big, custom made 8x12 foot movie screen.

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 https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/laramie-film-society-announcements.

LFS shows other summer films

The Laramie Film Society has presented three historic silent films, “Easy Street,” “The Goat” and “An Eastern Westerner” outdoors downtown on during Jubilee Days. These films were not shown in 2018 due to an absence of enough volunteers.

“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. Prior to that we 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 found we could buy a 16mm print for about the same amount of money it cost 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.

Thanks to the cooperation of Music Box building owner in the past for letting LFS use its north wall as a screen upon which to project a moving picture all those years for this annual event. Thanks to the Cross Country Connection for agreeing to letting us use electricity from the store for the projector all those years, too.

All Laramie Film Society events are sponsored by The Alibi Pub Wood Fire Pizzaria and Bakery, Mizu Sushi restaurant and The Pedal House.

Wyo Theatre news


[Picture of Wyo Theatre]

Laramie's historic Wyo Theatre, 309 S. Fifth St. in Laramie, is closed indefinitely. For more information, visit the Wyo Theatre's website: http://www.wyolaramie.com/.

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 2002. For more about this, including the IRS determination letter and IRS rules related to tax free donations to the Laramie Film Society, click on this link to see these documents.

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. IRS rules on tax deductible donations can be found here.

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  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!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 http://groups.google.com/group/laramie-film-society-discussions?hl=en. 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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Photo of movie projector by Connor Mullen.
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