Flyway Film Festival’s Minema Series, in partnership with the Sheldon Theatre, is proud to present 1984, based on George Orwell’s classic novel, as part of the National Screening Day, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The film screening takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts.
Along with over 140 art house movie theatres across the country in 124 cities and in 41 states, plus four locations in Canada, the Flyway at the Sheldon screening is part of a national event day screening of the 1980’s movie 1984 starring John Hurt. Hurt died in January, 2017.
The film, based on Orwell’s novel, tells the story of a totalitarian future society, in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history, falls in love and attempts to rebel. He and his love try to escape Big Brother’s listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape…
The screening date – April 4 – was chosen because it is the first day that the film’s protagonist, Winston Smith, begins writing in a forbidden diary, an act of rebellion against the totalitarian “Big Brother” state, which serves as the setting of the film’s fictional future. Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
The independent film organizations participating in the National Screening Day describe the nationwide event as a statement in support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the creative free expression which it represents, as well as fundamental American values of freedom of speech, robust democratic process, and respect for our fellow human beings. On Thursday, March 16 for the first time in history, the President’s proposed budget zeroes out all funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
With sudden and strong interest nationally in the content of Orwell’s famous portrait of a dystopian society, it has become difficult to locate copies of the book 1984, and the film also is in high demand.
Tickets to the screening are $10 and are available through Flyway’s website.
Profits will support free community education programming, including workshops and school residencies, of the Sheldon Theatre. Flyway Film Festival and the Sheldon Theatre have been partnering to extend Flyway’s reach into Minnesota for the past 18 months. Together, Flyway and the Sheldon are pleased to bring this timely national event to the Southeast Minnesota region.
For more information, please contact the Sheldon Theatre box office at 1-800-899-5759, or visit their website at www.SheldonTheatre.org.