LOST WEEKEND IV: Winchester, VA’s Local Film Club Film Festival Slate

Photo by Rachel Mahoney/ Northern Virginian Daily Andy Gyrurisin and Steve Nerangis work with studios to help bring independent, foreign, classic, and cult films to Winchester, VA.

Photo by Rachel Mahoney/ Northern Virginian Daily
Andy Gyurisin and Steve Nerangis work with studios to help bring independent, foreign, classic, and cult films to Winchester, VA.

Lost Weekend IV Film List and Trailers

Several years ago, a man named Andy Gyurisin became tried of the local theater, The Winchester Alamo Drafthouse, of only showing big studio movies or blockbusters and having to travel to DC to see independent or foreign cinema. He met with Steve Nerangis, one of the owners of the Winchester Alamo Drafthouse, about the possibility of bringing independent films to the Alamo. Andy and Steve created Film Club 3.0 which I’m one of +1700 plus members.  The partnership between Film Club 3.0 and the Alamo has blossomed exponentially that independent film studios along with the tent pole studios want to show their films during film club events. Tim League, owner of the Alamo theaters, sent a message to Film Club 3.0 on congratulating the group’s successful first year.

Two years ago, the first film that Film Club 3.0 showed was Metropolis which my mother and I were in attendance for. A few months after that, Universal had an advance screening for About Time with Film 3.0.  It remains one of the best advance screenings that film club has shown. Film Club has seen early screenings of America Hustle, The Maze Runner, Fault in Our Stars, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Spy.  This little known local film club already gained recognition from a few major studios within its first few months of birth. Andy came up with the idea of having a mini film festival at the Winchester Alamo called the Lost Weekend.

The Lost Weekend is Film Club 3.0, the festival’s sponsors, or any member of the film community watch movies all weekend. Lost Weekend 1 had eight films and debuted on Feb 21st-23rd of last year.  It was a success and Lost Weekend 2 was in the works.  Lost Weekend II expanded to 12 films (Oct 3rd-5th 2014) and had Gone Girl in its lineup. Lost Weekend II had 16 films and featured Chappie (feel sorry for you all) which was on March 5th-8th of this year.  Lost Weekend IV will debut Sept 24th-27th and the lineup has been announced.

99 Homes (Sept 24th at 7pm) (Advanced Screening):

Andrew Garfield stars as evicted father working the guy, Michael Shannon, who evicted his family to make money.

1001 Grams (Sept 25th at 11 AM):

Norweign Scientist attends a conference in Paris on the actual weight of a kilogram.

Queen of Earth (12.55 PM):

Watch the trailer and tell me what is it about, please?

The Winding Stream (2:50 PM Advanced Screening):

The documentary tells the story of the families of Country Music.

The Keeping Room (4:45 Advance Screening):

Three Southern women, two sisters and one African-American slave, must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.

Meru (7:30):

Three elite climbers decide to climb Mount Meru in the Himalayan Mountains. The documentary tells their story. (Good Luck to You).

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (9:25):

Grey and his friend Earl make parodies of classic movies but their lives are changed when they met a classmate dying of cancer.

Turbo Kid (11:30):

A kid and his sidekick must defeat a evil general played by Michael Ironside!

Saturday 26th Lineup:

Kahlil Gilbert’s The Prophet (11 AM):

Film produced by Salma Hiyak and it looks like a great children’s movie.

Finders Keepers (1 PM):

Trailer explains itself.

Manhattan Shorts (3 PM):

Mojave (6:30 PM Advance Screening):

A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.  Written by the guy who wrote the Departed!!!! No trailer yet! Marky Marky has a role in this.

Phoenix (8:30 PM):

A Jewish Signer has survived the Holocaust but has to live with disfigurement.

Cooties (10:30 PM):

Chicken Nuggets turn kids into psychos while their teachers need have to fight for their lives.

Sunday Sept 27th:

Amy (11 AM):

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

A Hard Day (1:45 PM):

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event. Korean Film!

People, Places, and Things (4:15 PM):

William Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a single father trying to get though the complexities of life that is thrown at him.

End of the Tour (6:15 PM):

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite JestThe story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.

Now if you were wondering what song plays during the trailers. It’s this classic tune by the Best Alternative Rock Band from 80’s to 2000’s. This song is not listed on soundtrack though.

R.E.M. this critic’s favorite band of all time and the only concert that he has ever gone to!

There is the lost weekend lineup.  Film Club 3.0 has a sister group called Psycho Cinema led by Faye Guerra, who is trying to get me to watch scary movies, that is sponsoring Turbo Kid. (big props to her). I’m really looking forward to attending Lost Weekend because all of the movies look great and there is only 1 that I don’t care for.

My question is to my twitter followers is: which films do you want me to review? Let a comment below and let me know! Or you can tweet or facebook friends spam my wall but (Andy Guyrisin) can’t spam my wall or twitter feed. He wants me to review all 18 films.

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