Oscar-winning films featured in downtown cinema screenings

"The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014) is one of three films featured in the spring “Film Plus Discussion” series beginning Wednesday, March 18 in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Motion Picture of the Year, the film won four of the coveted awards. Discussion will be led by Nora Alexander, a recent graduate of theater communication programs at Green Mountain College in Vermont and a fan of Wes Anderson films.

Thought-provoking films from today and classics from the past are screened as part of the series. The cinema events include introductions by an informed moderator, a movie viewing and opportunities for the audience to participate in a discussion about the movie.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), starring Audrey Hepburn, screens on March 25. The film is considered the star’s most memorable and identifiable role. Discussion will be led by Carolina Astrain, Victoria Advocate education reporter.

The series concludes on March 31 with “The Overnighters” (2014). This documentary relates the story of a pastor torn between the needs of his congregation and his calling to help homeless men desperate for jobs. VC adjunct instructor Mary Lee will lead the discussion.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to select films and moderators for the next film discussion series.

All screenings begin at 5:30 p.m., and the general public is invited to attend. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Tickets for movies may be purchased at the Welder Center Box Office by calling (361) 570-TKTS or online at www.WelderCenter.org.

The Concessions Bar will be open during cinema events for purchases of wine, beer, sodas and snacks.

The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main St. in historic downtown Victoria.

For more information on Welder Center cinema offerings, contact Sue Prudhomme at (361) 582-2436 or email Sue.Prudhomme@VictoriaCollege.edu.

Published: Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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