THE MOVIE HOUSE ON MAIN STREET
Thanks for checking out The Movie House on Main Street Kickstarter page! We are raising $8,000 to help bring our documentary film to finish.
What is the film about?
The Movie House on Main Street tells the story of a community of powerful people who came together for their local movie theatre. It reminds us of the many ways that a venue can bring people together.
Rosendale is a small town in upstate New York with a population of 5,900. In 2009, the town's single screen movie theatre was slated to close after 60 years in business on Main Street. The family-owned theatre was struggling to make ends meet and faced a required conversion to a new digital projection system that would likely put the family out of business. The Movie House on Main Street is a documentary about the story of the Rosendale Theatre and the story of many small screen movie theaters across the United States that have closed due to an inability to sustain financially.
Why do we want to see this film in theaters?
Rosendale is an exemplar, an alternative scenario that others can learn from. By chronicling the challenges and triumphs of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, the film provokes a diversity of questions. Are there creative solutions to preserving community spaces? Are the arts integral to keeping a downtown vital? Can a community operate a movie theatre collectively? We believe if communities have models of success to learn from, they can consider how to preserve existing venues before they close.
Why is this story important?
Independent movie theaters across the country are often anchor businesses in their communities. These smaller, often family-run, theaters can offer affordable film, arts and music programming, they bring communities together and keep a town vital. We believe this story is a universal one. It begins with understanding how theaters operate, the struggles they face, and considering all creative solutions to keep these community spaces intact.
Meet our team!
Teresa Torchiano (Director/Editor) - Teresa is a director, editor, and cinematographer. Her interest in the preservation of small single screen movie theaters emerged from her own efforts to preserve the local single screen movie theater in her hometown of Lindenhurst, NY. Teresa is interested in collective organizing models in local communities and how residents and communities can create creative solutions through acts of cooperation. She began her career in documentary film as the First Assistant Editor on the film Trouble the Water which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
Jack Davis (Cinematographer) - is a filmmaker from Wisconsin with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College. He recently moved to New York to continue his career in cinematography. He loves the collaborative nature of filmmaking and the shared experience of watching movies.
Music Composer: Mike Cassedy is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer. His musical studies began in his hometown San Diego, studying classical piano with his father. Later, his interest turned to jazz and he attended the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Alan Pasqua, Bill Cunliffe, Shelly Berg, and John Clayton. Since moving to New York in 2003 he has performed, recorded and toured regularly with ensembles of various genres including guitarist and prog legend Francis Dunnery, minimalist ensemble Build, singer songwriter Mary Bragg, rock band Sky White Tiger and his own co-led project East West Quintet. As a composer for East West Quintet, Cassedy’s work integrates a wide range of influences including jazz, rock and classical.
What has happened so far?
Principal photography and editing took place in 2018 with over 25 interviews conducted in the community and many days of filming. The community was invited to participate and provide feedback during an earlier cut of the film. The film will premiere at the Rosendale Theatre on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Woodstock Film Festival 2018. We wanted to share the film at the theatre and with the community first. The film will be submitted to more film festivals for 2019 to be shared with wider audiences, but we need your support to give the film a final push.
How Kickstarter works...
Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising platform, which means if we do not raise our goal within the time frame, Kickstarter returns all the pledged money to our backers and we will receive NOTHING. So, please give what you can, spread the word about our campaign & help us reach our minimum of $8,000.
How will the money be spent?
Financial contributions will be used to cover the costs of finishing the film including: post-production costs, the sound mix, music score, archival footage clearances, creation of DCPs, marketing, and community outreach to help this film reach wider audiences.
Can you exceed your fundraising goal?
Thank you for donating what you can. Please share this page with your friends and community!
Check out our Kickstarter Rewards!
Risks and challenges
We would love community support in spreading the word about this project through your networks and through social media.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (38 days)