Local club draws film enthusiasts

Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer
October 2, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of Film Club 3.0 Facebook page.  Members of the local Film Club 3.0 gather at the Alamo Drafthouse for a viewing of the 1987 indie film "Withnail and I"

‘Doah photo courtesy of Film Club 3.0 Facebook page.
Members of the local Film Club 3.0 gather at the Alamo Drafthouse for a viewing of the 1987 indie film “Withnail and I”

There is a thriving community for movie lovers right here in Winchester, thanks to Film Club 3.0. Film Club 3.0 shows independent and foreign films not usually shown in this area’s mainstream theaters. Film Club also has showings of timeless classics.

Andy Gyurisin began Film Club in January 2008, with an attendance of about 15 local movie buffs. After having weekly meetings for about five years, Film Club has grown to over 400 members.

The club has moved from its humble beginnings in Gyurisin’s living room to the local Alamo Drafthouse, located on Kernstowns Commons Boulevard. The Alamo Drafthouse often supports the showings of classic or cult films, making it the perfect place for Film Club to find its new home.

The Film Club is a collaborative effort, relying on the feedback of group members on the Facebook group and emails to Gyurisin letting him know what movies they want to see. He then collaborates with Steve Nerangis, the managing partner of the Alamo, to check film availability and dates available. The group members also choose the indie films that they want to be brought to the area. Places to see indie films have become rare throughout the years.

“In the U.S. alone, we lost 10 percent of our indie theaters in 2012 because of technology upgrades and the push for big movies. This, to me, is like losing a museum. The community would be up in arms if a museum closed because everyone saw the art at home on their computer, why are they not feeling the same with this art medium?” says Gyurisin.

Thanks to Film Club, the Winchester community has gotten the wonderful opportunities to see indie films such as “Frances Ha” and “The Act of Killing,” as well as classics such as “Metropolis” and “Withnail & I.”

Gyurisin started Film Club because he wanted people to come together when watching a movie. “Watching a movie isn’t sitting at your computer or phone in a darkened room by yourself. Watching a movie is an experience, it is a group experience. It is something to share with others.  Watching a movie is about talking about it in the halls afterwards or meeting new people who share your film passion.”

When you see a movie with Film Club it will not just be sitting and seeing a movie, it will be an experience. The Film Club also has prizes, giveaways, and will soon feature special evenings with filmmakers. Film Club gives the film lovers in our community a chance to discuss and share their love for film. Future Film Club showings include the Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” on Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., and the gripping whale documentary “Blackfish” on Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/winchesterfilmclub3.0/.

Don’t miss out of this fantastic opportunity to see indie films rarely shown in this area, or your favorite classics on the big screen. Film Club welcomes anyone with a love for cinema.

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