Southeastern's Columbia Theatre to offer Silver Screen Series

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is once again offering the Silver Screen Series at the downtown Hammond theatre.
     The silver screen cinema showings feature the best of independent and classic movies on the big screen at the theatre, said Roy Blackwood, director of the Columbia Theatre. All movies begin at 7:30 p.m.
     First on the schedule Nov. 28 and 29 is the foreign documentary “Landfill Harmonic.” Rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes, the film is about the poor people of Cateura, Paraguay who literally live with garbage. Even in that environment, however, they are transforming it into beauty. The documentary follows an Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world.
     “Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that, out of necessity, started creating instruments entirely out of garbage,” Blackwood said. “This film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste.”
     Next up is the film “Dark Horse,” scheduled Dec. 12 and 13. Blackwood said this British documentary is an inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse. Rated PG, the film has a running time of 85 minutes.
     On January 9 and 10, Columbia will show “When Elephants Were Young.” A foreign documentary with subtitles, the film is not rated and has a running time of 90 minutes.
     “A young man and his young elephant street beg in gritty Bangkok amid the controversial elephant business that treatens their survival,” Blackwood said, “until the opportunity comes to release the elephant to the wild.”
     Last on the schedule is “April and the Extraordinary World” on Jan. 30 and 31. A foreign animated French film with English subtitles, the film is rated PG and runs one hour and 43 minutes.
From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated “Persepolis” and renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, Blackwood said the film is a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe in 1941 Paris.
     “A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum, when all of a sudden, a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind,” Blackwood said. “Ten years later, April lives alone with her cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behing their disappearance.”
     Tickets for all Silver Screen films are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 12 and under. The Columbia Theatre box office is located at 220 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
     For more information, contact the box office at 985-543-4371.

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