Do you love movies? Join us for a month long exploration of film! During this series you will learn the basics about film-making from page to screen and get hands on experience in video production. From writing a script to acting in the final product, work together to create a movie masterpiece! This online “For Teens, By Teens: Intro to Filmmaking” class is for 12- to 18-year-olds.
Please join the League of Women Voters of Darien at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 1 as we kick off Women’s History Month with a showing of “One Woman, One Vote” at 2 p.m. at Darien Library. — an announcement from the Darien League of Women Voters
The program is free and open to the public. Thanks to the Darien Library for making this possible. The film, narrated by Susan Sarandon, chronicles the battle for women’s suffrage from the convention at Seneca Falls in 1848 to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The compelling influence of major players in the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul is a highlight of the 106 minute video.
In “The Biggest Little Farm,” a 2018 movie, a documentarian and his wife attempt to establish a farm outside LA while facing wildfires, pests and predators. The movie is being presented at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Darien Library, co-sponsored by the library, the Darien Pollinator Pathway, the Darien Land Trust, the Garden Club, the Darien Nature Center and Planet New Canaan. The movie also was shown back in August at the library as a Friday night feature. Here’s the announcement Darienite.com published then:
Starring Molly Chester, John Chester; Rated PG for mild thematic elements; 91 minutes; presented with captions for the hearing impaired. Official website | Metacritic | Rotten Tomatoes | IMDb.com | Wikipedia
Learn more about Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California here.
For one night only, Saturday, Feb. 8, you can have a “South Pacific”-themed dinner and a concert along with an IMAX movie in Norwalk. The “midwinter tropical escape” has three parts:
The highlight is a concert with Broadway actors and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra performing songs from the musical “South Pacific”; also, a prix fixe dinner at one of several Norwalk restaurants; and before all that, an IMAX movie at the Maritime Aquarium, “Journey to the South Pacific” will be presented twice in the afternoon. The Show (a Concert Adaptation)
Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is producing the famed Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific,” for one night only in a unique collaboration with actors and singers of New Paradigm Theatre of Stamford. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Norwalk City Hall’s Concert Hall.
“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” a “musical biography” documentary about the singer, will be shown from 7 to 8:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31 at Darien Library. — an announcement from Darien Library
The 2019 film is about of one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century — and one of the most successful recording artists of all time. At the height of unprecedented success, Ronstadt, a restless and adventurous artist, turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles. Withstanding constant pressure from a risk-averse industry, Linda insisted on following her musical instincts.
Curious About What It’s Like to Be an Actor? Matt Newton Has a Book for You — and He’ll Sign it on Feb 13
If you’ve got ambitions of becoming an actor or are just curious, you can talk about it with Matt Newton, an acting coach with a studio in Darien who will discuss his book “The No B.S. Guide to the Acting Biz,” answer questions and sign copies on Feb. 13 at Barrett Bookstore. Newton, who is also an actor and filmmaker, runs MN Acting Studio at 22 Grove St. An announcement for the event describes his book as “a candid, practical, shoot-from-the-hip how-to guide developed for new actors in the business as well as for seasoned professionals.” The book-signing takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.
The documentary “The Devil We Know,” about allegations of health hazards from Teflon, and the DuPont corporation’s possible responsibility, will be shown Thursday night, Jan. 30, at Darien Library, followed by a discussion. The entire event takes place fro 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room. It is sponsored by both Darien Library and the Darien Pollinator Pathway. From Darien Library’s announcement:
“In this 2018 documentary, citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical — now found in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans — into the local drinking water supply.
You Can See, for Free, the 6.5-Minute ‘Prologue’ to Christopher Nolan’s Movie, ‘Tenet’ at Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX
A short prologue to Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” one of the most anticipated movies of summer 2020, is now playing in exclusive 15/70 IMAX film – for free – over the holiday period at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium with additional information from Darienite.com. Show times for the 6 1/2-minute prologue at The Maritime Aquarium are 5 p.m. daily Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 26-31.
Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature film, “Blinded by the Light,” tells the story of a British teen of Pakistani descent whose life is altered when he’s introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen. The 2019 film, which runs just under two hours, will be shown from 7 to about 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. — Darien Library announcement
Amid the racial and economic turmoil of the late 1980s, Javed (Viveik Kalra) writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
Attention movie lovers: Mark your calendars — on Monday, Dec. 2, Frozen II, the annual “Community-Wide Movie” benefiting the Darien Human Services Holiday gift drive will again take place at the Darien Playhouse. — an announcement from the Darien Youth Commission
Sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission, the Darien Human Services Department, and the movie theater, Frozen II runs 1 hour 49 minutes. (This movie premieres in theaters on Friday, Nov. 22.
CALLING ALL KIDS! The Darien Playhouse will be showing two episodes of Disney’s newest program, “Gabby & the Unsittables” this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The two 22-minute episodes are free of charge, as is the popcorn and drinks. — an announcement from the Darien Depot Teen Center
Disney describes the new TV program, which debuts on Friday, this way:
“Gabby Duran (Kylie Cantrall) constantly feels like she’s living in the shadows of her uber-polished, successful mother Dina (Valery Ortiz), and smart younger sister Olivia (Coco Christo).
A screening of the film “GroundWar: When Playing Fields become Battlefields,” followed by a discussion with the film maker, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Darien Library. — an announcement from Friends of Animals
When documentary filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s father, Harold, an avid golfer who was always the picture of health, fell ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he was heartbroken and perplexed and then alarmed at what he learned. Exposure to pesticides is a marker of the disease and the only place his father could have been exposed was at the golf course, he reveals in his newest film. “My father would be walking through these fields of greens, be he had no idea how those fields were kept and what was being sprayed,’’ Nisker said.
In the 2018 documentary “The Biggest Little Farm, a documentarian and his wife attempt to establish a farm outside LA while facing wildfires, pests and predators. — an announcement from Darien Library
Starring Molly Chester, John Chester; Rated PG for mild thematic elements; 91 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired. All Darien Library Friday night features are free. The film will have two showings: From 6:30 to 8: 15 p.m. and from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Official website | Metacritic | Rotten Tomatoes | IMDb.com | Wikipedia
Learn more about Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California here. From the Wikipedia article about the movie:
“When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny L.A. apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature.
‘The Best of Enemies’ — Darien Library Friday Night Feature on Civil Rights Activist and Klan Member
“The Best of Enemies,” a 2019 movie about a civil rights activist and Ku Klux Klan leader who come to work together, will be Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature on Friday, Aug. 2, with two showings. — an announcement from Darien Library
The first showing will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.; the second, from 9 to 11:15 p.m. Both will be in the Community Room. All Darien Friday Night Feature films are free. In the movie, the two come together to tackle racial segregation of schools in 1971 Durham, North Carolina.
Join Grace Farms Foundation at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 19 as Céline Cousteau presents an exclusive screening of her new film and impact campaign, Tribes on the Edge. — an announcement from the Grace Farms Foundation
It is estimated that the Amazon produces 20% of the world’s oxygen, and releases 55 gallons of water into the Atlantic Ocean every second. With no deforestation, mining, or poaching permitted on indigenous land, the last few tribes living there are the frontline guardians of an ecosystem crucial for life all over the world. This raw and evocative documentary reveals the daily struggles of the last few remaining tribes who find themselves fighting for survival in the Amazon. Discover the importance of protecting this invaluable area of our planet, hear the deeply moving stories of the indigenous peoples who safe guard it on our behalf, and learn some of the simple things that you can do to help.
Céline Cousteau—filmmaker, environmentalist, and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau—has spent the past 5 years respectfully documenting, filming, and curating the story of all the indigenous peoples of the Javari to help them tell their story to the world.
Two Ways to Re-Live the Larger-Than-Life Apollo 11 Moon Landing: IMAX Film and a Telescope or Darien Library Lecture and the Film
Re-live the first moon landing (larger than life on IMAX) and then explore the night’s full moon (magnified through telescopes) as the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk hosts a special movie-and-astronomy evening event on Tuesday, July 16 — the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. There happens to be a full moon on the night of the 16th. So the Maritime Aquarium is inviting guests to enjoy the spectacular new IMAX movie Apollo 11: First Steps Edition at 8 p.m., followed by a moon viewing on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard led by the astronomy team of New Pond Farm in Redding. Also, on Saturday, July 13, Darien Library is presenting the same film with a lecture commemorating the Apollo 11 mission. You can attend both events, the free one nearby in Darien, or the one on the much bigger screen in Norwalk, along with your own personal look at the moon, or do both, or do parts of both.