Celebrate 50 years of Deliverance. Local musician and master banjo player Michael Nix will be at the theater Saturday night June 25th from 5:30 to 6:30 sampling Dueling Banjos and other banjo music. Michael Nix has performed on Banjar, banjo, guitar and mandolin, throughout the United States and Asia. He has recorded for the PBS series "American Experience," several independent documentaries, CD projects and his compositions are performed internationally. Nix credits Deliverance and movies like it from that period with inspiring his love of music, especially the banjo. Nix will be selling CDs at the Garden and is currently recording a classic banjo music album scheduled for release in January.
The action-adventure thriller Deliverance is a film that highlights the power of music in a horror film. Nominated for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes including best original song. The film features the iconic instrumental Dueling Banjos which won a Grammy in 1974 for best country instrumental. “Deliverance is the kind of movie that campfire stories are made from.” says Garden co-owner Isaac Mass, “It blends beautiful music and awe inspiring cinematography with a horrifying plot that brings out visceral reactions from anyone who has seen it.” Adapted from the 1970 novel of James Dickey, the movie hit #15 on the American Film Institute 100 years 100 Thrills list and was preserved by the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry. The fifth highest grossing film of 1972, Deliverance featured John Voight in his most substantial role since Midnight Cowboy and gave Burt Reynolds an opportunity to be seen as more than a mere pretty boy, but a real actor with chops. For Beatty and Cox who went on to lengthy careers, Deliverance was their film debut. The Garden warns that Deliverance contains adult content not appropriate for children and explicit scenes that may be triggering for some.
A call for artists of all ages to decorate its GARDEN lobby for the month of July in anticipation of the Sony film Where the Crawdads Sing being released exclusively in theaters July 15th with early access at the GARDEN on Thursday July 14th. Based on the novel by Delia Owens which has been on the New York Time Best Seller list for three years, Where the Crawdads Sing is produced by Resee Witherspoon and stars Daisy Edgar-Jones in her first major motion picture.
Artists of all ages to bring in drawings of something they see in the natural world around them to decorate the theater up until July 15th. In the book, the protagonist Kya Clark known as the “Marsh Girl” finds independence by observing and documenting the natural wonders of the marshland on the outskirts of Barkley Cove. This love story turned murder mystery/legal thriller is a cinematic masterpiece which presents majestic marshland vistas and the beautiful drawings of Kya. “This is the must see drama of the summer.” says Garden co-owner Isaac Mass, “and we want the lobby of the theater to be a must see as well.”
Anyone who brings a drawing of the natural world around them will get entered in for a random drawing for a family four-pack of tickets to the theater, Extra Large Popcorn and Soda.
Movie patrons can also vote for their favorite drawing and the fan favorite will win the same prize. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing contest.
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of all ground combat troops leaving Vietnam, the GARDEN with the support of Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1 and The American Legion Orange Post 172 will dedicate every Thursday in August to showing four great films about the Vietnam Veteran's experience in combat. All films are completely FREE to the public.
Aug 4th: We Were Soldiers (2002)
Aug 11th: Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Aug 18th: The Deer Hunter (1978)
Aug 25th: Platoon (1986)