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Celestial Cinema is an outdoor film series providing access to projected films for a movie theatre-less community.
Celestial Cinema is an outdoor film series providing access to projected films for a movie theatre-less community.
54 backers pledged $5,225 to help bring this project to life.

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Photo by E.A. Weymuller/  2012 Celestial Cinema, watching outdoor movies under the Milky Way.
Photo by E.A. Weymuller/ 2012 Celestial Cinema, watching outdoor movies under the Milky Way.

Celestial Cinema is an outdoor film series in the mountain town of Winthrop, Washington, population 400.

Watching summer movies is a wonderful family experience, and this beautiful area has lots to offer, but film isn't on the list. There is no movie theatre in this rural western town or the five towns which comprise the Methow Valley. I am a screenwriter and lover of film so I created Celestial Cinema, to share projected films outdoors on my family's ranch, for people of all ages to enjoy. In short, I put two of my passions – film and the Methow Valley – together and created this series. You can see photos from last year's event here.

This Kickstarter Campaign will raise funds for the 2014 Celestial Cinema outdoor film series in Winthrop, Washington.  Funds will be used primarily to pay for the screen and sound rentals and compensate individuals who have volunteered their services (designing and running movie-themed arts and crafts projects with a hundred kiddos, building Celestial Cinema signs, providing fresh cut flowers each night, etc)

2013 Celestial Cinema Poster
2013 Celestial Cinema Poster
2012 Celestial Cinema Poster
2012 Celestial Cinema Poster
Family friendly Celestial Cinema 2012
Family friendly Celestial Cinema 2012
Popcorn, beverages, candy and fresh, locally sourced food available through out the series.
Popcorn, beverages, candy and fresh, locally sourced food available through out the series.
A film viewing experience celebrating a rural community.
A film viewing experience celebrating a rural community.
A unique film experience under the starry skies of Winthrop, WA
A unique film experience under the starry skies of Winthrop, WA
All images used with the generous permission of E.A. Weymuller.
All images used with the generous permission of E.A. Weymuller.

Thank you, Weymuller Photography.

Risks and challenges

Organizing an event for hundreds of people to enjoy comes with inherent risks. I gained a lot of experience preparing for last year's 1st Celestial Cinema as well as managing a wedding venue that will host 10 weddings (each a unique and substantial event) this summer. I have formed great relationships with the family-owned business that provides our huge 26ft inflatable screen and state of the art sound, as well as the many food and beverage vendors that provide fresh sustenance for our crowds.

Weather in a mountainous valley is always unpredictable and August has been known to have its fair share of thunder and lightning storms though they tend to arrive with out much rain. This fact naturally brings us to our next risk: wildfires. Where there is fire there is smoke.

Luckily our contract with the screen/sound rentals include rain/smoke dates in case of these unforeseeable complications.

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