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Think Pink this week at a/perture cinema’s “Screen Club Series” presentation

by Mark Burger

The a/perture cinema, Winston-Salem’s premiere destination for foreign and independent films, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year “” proving conclusively that an art-house theater could thrive in the “City of the Arts.”

To commemorate this event, a/perture earlier this year unveiled its latest screening series: “Screen Club.” This monthly series will feature selected favorite films from local artists who have designed unique, corresponding film-inspired artwork. Each artist will be on hand for his or her specific screening to discuss their love for these films and sell limited-edition 18″ x 24″ poster prints inspired by their film selection. “Screen Club” T-shirts will also be available for purchase at a/perture cinema.

“Screen Club is one of the many ways that a/perture cinema wants to reach out and incorporate film into our community “” something we’ve been passionate about since our business opened,” said Lawren Desai, curator of a/perture cinema. “We’ve been very fortunate that so many talented artists have been willing to submit their film-related artwork for this series and can’t wait to share both their favorite films and their amazing creativity.”

This month’s selection will be shown Wednesday: Pretty in Pink (rated PG-13), the popular 1986 John Hughes production starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, James Spader and Harry Dean Stanton. Featured artist Woodie Anderson selected the film for an appropriately pink (and funky) poster.

“I admire Andie’s (Ringwald) determination and resourcefulness,” says Anderson about her choice. “She stands up for herself and knows her own mind. The quote I used in my poster design: ‘If somebody doesn’t believe in me, I can’t believe in them,’ sums up how important it is to take all the ‘feedback’ we get every day with a grain of salt. In the end, you’ve gotta trust yourself, and Andie’s a great heroine in that regard.”

Not unlike the character of Andie, Anderson designed her own prom dress and therefore identifies with her independent fashion sense. “I think Andie’s prom dress is a great metaphor for identity crisis and personal growth,” Anderson observes. “She takes these bits and pieces collected from the people she loves and turns them all into something that’s unapologetically her own “” and then she rocks it.”

The Screen Club series continues on Oct. 22 with something appropriately darker: David Lynch’s ground-breaking 1977 debut feature and cult classic Eraserhead (rated R), starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart and Jeanne Bates. Featured artist Dane Walters will undoubtedly come up with something memorable for so unforgettable an inspiration!

On Nov. 12, artist Chad Beroth will be on hand for the Australian-made 2009 clay-animation black comedy Mary & Max (rated PG-13), which details the unlikely friendship that develops between a lonely eight-year-old girl from Melbourne and an equally lonely, severely obese 44-year-old man from New York City. Narrated by Barry Humphries (“Dame Edna Everage” herself “¦ or himself!), this award-winning film also features the voice-over talents of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana and Bethany Whitmore.

The series will conclude Dec. 3 with artist Brian Kubecki and the critically acclaimed 1994 drama The Shawshank Redemption (rated R), adapted by writer/director Frank Darabont from Stephen King’s story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Despite earning seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), the film was not a box-office hit in its initial release but has gone on to become one of the most beloved films of its time. The cast includes Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, William Sadler and James Whitmore (whom yours truly interviewed when the film came out). !

WANNA go?

a/perture cinema is located at 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. “Screen Club” screenings will be held 7:30 p.m. one Wednesday each month (see above for specific dates and titles). Admission is $11.50. For more information and a complete schedule of screenings and events, visit the official website: aperturecinema.com.

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