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Arts Array springs into new season

January 6th, 2014 9:27 am by Entertainment Staff

Arts Array springs into new season

Virginia Highlands Community College’s Arts Array film series will begin a new semester of screenings with “Parkland,” a recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The film will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13 and 14, at the Abingdon Cinemall.

“The series highlights foreign films, documentaries and independent American films that movie-goers might not have access to in large theatre chains,” said series coordinator Tommy Bryant. “We want to continue to provide for the needs of the community.”

Zac Efron, Tom Welling and Billy Bob Thornton star in “Parkland,” which weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.

The series will continue with “Salinger,” an unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” on Jan. 20 and 21, and “Romeo and Juliet,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tale of love and tragedy brought to life by Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld, on Jan. 27 and 28.

Showing Feb. 3 and 4 will be “Fruitvale Station,” the story of 22-year-old Bay Area resident Oscar Grant, whose fateful encounter with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station on Dec. 31, 2008, shook the area to its core.

Director and co-writer James Franco stars in “As I Lay Dying” (Feb. 10 and 11), an adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel about the Bundren family and the death of their matriarch, to be followed Feb. 17 and 18 by “Last Love,” featuring two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine in the role of a cynical man who sees no future for himself until he meets the free-spirited Pauline, and Feb. 24 and 25 by “Out of the Furnace,” in which Christian Bale and Casey Afflect play a pair of brothers wrestling with crime and poverty in their economically depressed town.

Matthew McConaughey tackles his most challenging role yet as electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” (March 3 and 4). In 1985 Dallas, Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

“The Artist and the Model,” about an elderly sculptor who finds his muse in the unlikely form of a Spanish political refugee, will be screened March 10 and 11, followed by the French film “Haute Cuisine,” about a celebrated chef who is appointed personal cook for the President of the Republic, on March 17 and 18. Naomi Watts plays the Princess of Wales in “Diana” (March 24 and 25), a compelling portrait of the final two years of her life, when she found love in a very unlikely place.

In “American Hustle, playing March 31 and April 1, con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Showing on April 7 and 8 will be “Philomena,” starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades earlier after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Rounding out the season will be “One Chance” (April 14 and 15), the inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy shop assistant by day and amateur opera singer by night.

The Arts Array Film Series is part of the comprehensive cultural outreach program of Virginia Highlands Community College. It is co-sponsored by Abingdon Cinemall, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Emory & Henry College, Virginia Intermont College and King University.

Admission to the films is free for the faculties and students of the sponsoring institutions. Members of the general community may attend for $7.75.

For more information or to request a brochure on the series, call Bryant at (276) 739-2451 or email him at

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