The Gold Town Nickelodeon is now offering Juneau audiences a chance to preview upcoming feature films prior to their national release dates through a partnership with Gathr Films. The local theater will present a new film on a weekly basis: Tuesdays in May, and Mondays in June and July. Coming up next week, on Tuesday at 7 p.m., is “What Maisie Knew,” starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.
The series is set up as a membership program; one month of films -- four screenings -- is $19. But viewers can also come to individual films for $7 a screening.
The Gold Town is one of only 20 theaters selected nationwide to hold the sneak preview screenings by Gathr, a film distribution company that specializes in on-demand services. In addition to the preview series, the company allows theaters and groups to set up on-demand viewings of films through their web site. The screening is confirmed after a certain number of viewers have purchased tickets online.
Gathr founder Scott Glosserman got the idea for the company after making two films of his own – and experiencing frustration with the mainstream distribution models currently in place. His intent was to make the model audience-driven, rather than market-driven, while broadening the reach of independent films.
“We’re the would-be love child result of a super-sweet night on the town between Kickstarter and Netflix,” Glosserman wrote last year in a Huffington Post blog, “The Future of Film.”
Upcoming titles after What Maisie Knew” (May 21) are the horror comedy “100 Bloody Acres (May 28); “Stuck in Love“ with Kristen Bell and Jennifer Connelly (June 3); a documentary on bee colonies called “More Than Honey (June 17); a documentary called “The Good Son” about Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini; and “Broken,” with Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy (June 24).
The Gold Town’s preview series is the latest in a long list of innovative theatrical events hosted by the local arthouse theater, managed by Collette Costa and owned by Mark Ridgway. Last year the theater established the “Not so silent” film series, combining live music with classic silent films -- most recently featuring Jazz & Classics guest pianist Richard Dowling. They also host concerts, such as the KRNN Concert Series, interviews, such as the recent Skype interview with legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, and other arts events, such as Morally Improv-erished’s Improv First Saturday. Later this summer, they’ll host a one-man show with Wayne White, main creative designer behind Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
The theater’s preview series will supplement their current film offerings, which usually include a feature film showing, Thursdays through Sundays.
To find out more about the theater, visit www.goldtownnick.com
For more, on Gathr’s preview series, or to buy a membership, visit gathr.us/series/juneau-previews.