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Bama Art House Series begins third season

Lauren Cuervo

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Tomorrow night marks the start of the third run of the Bama Art House Film Series, which features seven contemporary, independent films at the Bama Theatre every Tuesday at 8 p.m. until Oct. 5.

Opening night of the series will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. and a double feature of the films “Best Worst Movie,” a documentary about the film that has been called the worst movie of all time, and “Troll 2,” the worst movie itself, about a young man who must save his family from an evil goblin queen.

The double feature has proven very popular with students at screenings around the country and David Allgood, manager of the Bama Theatre, said he hopes the same applies to UA students.

“We are presenting a great variety of genres and would love to have as many students as possible come out to enjoy the films,” said Allgood. “We are trying to use the series as a way to create more of a connection between the theatre and UA because we want students to feel welcome here.”

Package tickets for the entire series are available at for $25 for students and seniors and $35 for adults and will also be sold at the box office on opening night. Individual tickets will be sold at the Bama Box Office prior to each screening at $6 for students and seniors and $7 for general admission.

The films, which are chosen by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, come from the most prestigious film festivals in the world, such as Cannes and Sundance, and often haven’t been screened anywhere else in Alabama.

“I’m really excited to see the films of the series,” said junior Suzanne Schwee. “I think there is something in the series for everyone, and it’s a great opportunity to experience amazing work that most people normally wouldn’t get to see.”

The Bama Theatre looks to attract avid independent film-goers as well as those just looking to be entertained.

“These are independent and art films that are generally not going to play down the street at just any theatre,” Allgood said. “And we have a bar so it’s also the only theatre in town where you can have a drink while you watch.”

The films and dates of the Bama Art House Film Series will also include:

  • Aug. 31 “Sweetgrass,” an official selection of the 2010 New York Film Festival, tells the story of a group of shepherds taking a herd of sheep on a 200-mile journey through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana in the summer of 2003.
  • Sept. 7 – “I Am Love,” an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival starring Tilda Swinton, is the passionate story of a Russian woman living in Milan who falls in love with her son’s friend and starts an affair that changes her family forever.
  • Sept. 14 – “Micmacs,” a film from the director of “Amelie” and “A Very Long Engagement,” is the story of a man who loses his job and home after almost dying of a stray bullet wound and gets the chance to seek revenge with the help of a group of junkyard dealers.
  • Sept. 21 – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a winner at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is the story of a reporter assigned to uncover the story of a girl who disappeared without a trace 40 years earlier and uncovers a bloodier story than he imagined.
  • Sept. 28 – “Get Low” is a newly released film with actors Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray that tells the true story of a hermit who emerged late in life to throw himself a funeral party while still alive.
  • Oct. 5 – “Winter’s Bone,” a two-time winner at the Sundance Film Festival, is the story of a 17-year-old girl who must struggle to keep her dirt-poor family in the Ozarks safe when her drug-manufacturing father puts their house up as collateral for his bail from jail.

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Bama Art House Series begins third season