Jun 21, 2012

Cinema Under the Stars III Aug 10-11th

Raven's Knoll and the Lost Dominion Screening Collective present:
Cinema Under the Stars III, August 10th and 11th 2012
Friday August 10th at dusk we bring you vintage 16mm animated films

The program runs approx. 70mins.

Titles include:
Trolls of Norway, a look at all the different trolls that inhabit the streams, forests and Caves of Norway
Legend of Paul Bunyan, an animated look at the legendary giant and his companion Babe the Blue Ox. 

+ some surprise vintage cartoons, trailers and snipes.

On Saturday, August 11th at dusk we present the fantasy classic, The Dark Crystal, on 35mm, 1982, Rated PG, 93mins
 The Dark Crystal (1982) is one of those films that sticks with you long after you've seen it. Why? Because it's super cool! It's an elaborately concocted fantasy adventure film made with puppets, co-directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, longtime creative collaborators on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show (and later Labyrinth). It was also produced by Gary Kurtz, one of the producers of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. The film follows the journey of Jen, an elf-like “Gelfling”, as he quests to save his world from destruction. That's a pretty classic template for adventure, and the film doesn't disappoint.

It wasn't a huge blockbuster when it came out, but it was very successful, particularly in Europe and Japan. If you were lucky enough to see it as a kid you probably have more than a few indelible memories, mostly owing to its amazing puppetry, fantastical sets, and the fact that it's a genuinely scary movie. It also has great moments of humour and wonderment. The fact that the puppets are “real” give the film a sense of solidity and reality that is lacking in many of today's computer-generated fantasy films. That is perhaps part of the secret of its current status as a cult fantasy favourite that finds more ardent fans with each passing year. The film not only looks great, it sounds great too, as just as much effort was put into the sound design as into the puppets. It will be an awesome summer treat at Raven's Knoll!
The films are free, camping rates are $11 per adult, $5 for children

Special thank you to SAW Video for donating a 12ft fast fold cinema screen for the weekend.