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  • 3 Apr 2020 2:24 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    First an announcement about where where we currently stand.

    The Queen Theatre will continue to postpone any of the movies or events we had planned to show.  We hope to continue with our Member's Picked Flicks and our screening of Freaks  as soon as the Queen reopens.
    Similarly, any months that the Queen's Film Society is not screening Member's Picked Flicks will not count agains their 12 month membership. I certainly look forward to seeing all of you again in person, but until then...

    In conjunction with the Queen Theatre and Film Movement, we are bringing international, first-run cinema to your home during the quarantine! We will also be setting up online discussions with professors and other film experts from A&M and other campuses in the weeks ahead. The proceeds of these rentals will go to The Queen Theatre and The Queen's Film Society.

    First up is "Zombi Child," the latest feature from French master Bertrand Bonello ("Saint Laurent," "Nocturama").

    Synopsis: Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Melissa, a young Haitian teenager, confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable…

    Critical Response:
    “Mixing political commentary, ethnography, teenage melodrama and genre horror, the film is an unashamedly cerebral study of multiple themes – colonialism, revolution, liberalism, racial difference and female desire - with its unconventional narrative structure taking us a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling. Bonello takes Haitian history and culture absolutely seriously, and in juxtaposing them with the most exclusively white French experience imaginable..., 'Zombi Child' poses timely and provocative questions."
    —Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    “'Zombi Child' peels back centuries of racist stereotypes to rescue Voodoo from the stuff of black magic and portray it instead as a kind of communion — a communion between spirits, a communion between generations, and a communion between the dislocated joints of an empire. [E]ven the most terrifying scenes are rooted in something real.”
    —David Ehrlich, IndieWire

    “'Zombi Child'... functions equally as a delirious teen-horror reverie, a serious study of the zombie myth, and an open-ended riff on the persistence of the colonial past.”
    —Dennis Lim, ArtForum

    To screen "Zombi Child" in your own home any time from April 3-16, visit https://fmplus.video/queenfilm-zombichild. The price is $12 for a 72-hour rental. 50% of the revenue goes to support the Queen’s Film Society and the Queen Theatre.

    More on the film "Zombi Child": https://filmmovement.com/zombi-child.

    This new Digital Cinema service works on Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku, or Chromecast or on your digital device or computer. For more information on how to watch Zombi Child at home, visit: https://filmmovement.com/virtual-cinema

    To take part in the first Zoom discussion of this film, which is Wednesday, April 8th at 7pm use the following link on your browser: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/777547589… or go through your Zoom application on your computer, digital device, or phone and use this meeting ID number: 777 547 589. You will be asked for a password. It is: 592880.

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    That is all for the moment.  Stay safe and watch movies.  I will see you all at the Zoom meeting!

    Alex Garza
    QFS president.


  • 21 Mar 2020 9:36 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    As with many other organizations, we have been forced to cancel our scheduled events during this national emergency. However, our board members have been working hard to find ways for the society to continue to engage you cinematically until things return to normal. We are looking at a series of events to allow our members to continue to participate with us virtually, including screenings of first-run movies. Our previously planned screening of Summer of 93 will occur after the return to normalcy.

    We hope to have our new website and payment system operational within the next week. As we announced at our last meeting, membership renewals have been suspended until the new, online payment system is in place.

    We look forward to seeing you in person in the future, and virtually until then!

    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society President


  • 11 Mar 2020 9:38 AM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    This email certainly should have gone out sooner, but we wanted to remind you that we are having a meeting tonight, Wednesday 11 at 7pm at the Queen theatre.  We have some announcements about future projects we are working on and we will have our movie pitch! This month you can pitch any movie you would like.  Of course we remind you that these should be movies that would otherwise not be seen on the big screen in our area.  Click below is you would like to submit a trailer.

    I have a trailer to submit!
    We are in need of a treasurer!
    If you have any experience please consider joining us as we grow this organization.  We have some exciting things that we are working on bringing to The Queen and could really use your help. Keep in mind that the organization is still quite small and this position should not take up much of your  time.
    Contact thequeensfilmsociety@gmail.com if you have any questions.
     

    Pitching and selecting our movies.

    Pitching and choosing a Member-Picked Flick will happen as it has in the past. 

    • Anyone who would like to pitch a movie will have 90 seconds to give the best elevator pitch they can for their movie. Your pitch must include the year and director. Once everyone has pitched we will allow some time (+- 15 minutes)  for the other members to ask questions about the movie.
    • Member will vote for the movie they would like to see (through paper ballots since some of our members do not have smartphones) and the ranked order will be revealed that evening.
    • If the movie you pitched is picked, we would like for you to introduce the movie on the day that it is shown. This introduction should be 1 or 2 minutes long and should tell the audience background information that you think is important about the movie, things to watch out for, or why it is so special to you.
     

    Once the movies have been ranked, a committee will start with the first movie and make sure that it meets certain criteria:

    • The movie must be available through its distributors for screening on the chosen date.
    • The cost of acquiring the movie must not exceed $250.

    • The movie will be evaluated by a committee to make sure that it does not contain material that would be considered detrimental to the future of the organization or the Queen Theatre (ex.pornography or hate speech).

     

    If the movie does not adhere to all of these points, the same considerations will be made of the movie that was ranked immediately below.

    Member-Picked Flick!

    Below is a trailer of this month's  Member-Picked Flick, Summer 1993 (Carla Simòn, 2017). This movie will screen on March 25 at 7 PM at the Queen.

    Click image to see trailer.
    I hope to see you at The Queen Theater for our  screening. Bring a friend this time!


    Alex Garza The Queen's Film Society President


  • 24 Feb 2020 4:52 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    Our movie for this month is Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's The Mustang (2019).  The movie will start at 7 pm at the Queen Theatre on Wednesday 26. We ask you to RSVP so that we can make sure that we can pass that information on to the Queen's house manager.  To RSVP please click on the blue button below and an email window will open.  Simply add something like, "1 ticket for Alex Garza" or "Tamara and Alex will be attending." Please make sure that you do this by noon the day of the screening.

    I am attending!

    Member-Picked Flick!

    Below is a trailer of this month's Member-Picked Flick and the trailer for next month's movie, Summer 1993 (Carla Simòn, 2017).

    Click image to see trailer.
    Click image to see trailer.
    We are in need of a treasurer!
    If you have any experience please consider joining us as we grow this organization.  We have some exciting things that we are working on bringing to The Queen and could really use your help.
    Contact thequeensfilmsociety@gmail.com if you have any questions.
    I hope to see you at The Queen Theater for our  screening. Bring a friend this time!

    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society President                         


  • 11 Feb 2020 8:29 AM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    This Wednesday, February 12 we will meet in order to pick a movie to be screened on March 25. Our meeting will be at 7 PM at the Queen Theatre. Please remember that in order to celebrate Women's History Month, all of the movies pitched this month should be movies directed by women.

    In order for our meeting to run smoothly, please submit a trailer ahead of time if you plan to show one.
    Remember that you can click on the button below to send us a link to a trailer.

    As was done in our previous meeting, we will have one of our members present their contribution to a previous Queen Quarterly issue.
     

    Submit trailer link

    Please click below to see the trailer for this month's movie.

    The Mustang Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre 2019

    Pitching and selecting our movies.

    Pitching and choosing a Member-Picked Flick will happen as it has in the past. 

    • Anyone who would like to pitch a movie will have 90 seconds to give the best elevator pitch they can for their movie. Your pitch must include the year and director. Once everyone has pitched we will allow some time (+- 15 minutes)  for the other members to ask questions about the movie.
    • Member will vote for the movie they would like to see (through paper ballots since some of our members do not have smartphones) and the ranked order will be revealed that evening.
    • If the movie you pitched is picked, we would like for you to introduce the movie on the day that it is shown. This introduction should be 1 or 2 minutes long and should tell the audience background information that you think is important about the movie, things to watch out for, or why it is so special to you.
     

    Once the movies have been ranked, a committee will start with the first movie and make sure that it meets certain criteria:

    • The movie must be available through its distributors for screening on the chosen date.
    • The cost of acquiring the movie must not exceed $250.

    • The movie will be evaluated by a committee to make sure that it does not contain material that would be considered detrimental to the future of the organization or the Queen Theatre (ex.pornography or hate speech).

     

    If the movie does not adhere to all of these points, the same considerations will be made of the movie that was ranked immediately below. 

    I look forward to seeing you all this Wednesday!

    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society 

    Keep telling your friends about us so that we can have a larger membership and continue to secure funds for more of our screenings!


  • 6 Feb 2020 1:15 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings Cinephiles!

    As you all know, March is Women's History Month and we will be asking for all of your pitches next week to be about movies made by Women. In an effort to try to encourage you to explore movies before our meetings, we are including a list of possibilities. You do not need to pick a movie from the list. We simply offer it up as a reminder of what is out there. We are excited to hear what movies you have in mind for March. Have a great week and look out for another email early next week!

    • 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis, 2008)
    • Adoption (Márta Mészáros, 1975)
    • Adventures of Prince Achmed, The (Lotte Reiniger, 1926)
    • After the Wedding (Susanne Bier, 2016)
    • American Honey (Andrea Arnold, 2016)
    • Angel at My Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990)
    • Antonia’s Line (Marleen Gorris, 1995)
    • Apple, The (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998)
    • Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan, 2014)
    • Ascent, The (Larisa Shepitko, 1977)
    • Asthenic Syndrome, The (Kira Muratova, 1990)
    • Beaches of Agnès, The (Agnès Varda, 2008)
    • Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
    • Big (Penny Marshall, 1988)
    • Bonheur, Le (Agnès Varda, 1965)
    • Breadwinner, The (Nora Twomey, 2017)
    • Breathe (Melanie Laurent 2014)
    • Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009)
    • Capernaum (Nadine Labaki, 2018)
    • Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016)
    • Chocolat (Claire Denis, 1988)
    • Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1977)
    • Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
    • Connection, The (Shirley Clarke, 1961)
    • Crossing Delancey (Joan Micklin Silver, 1988)
    • Daisies (Vera Chytilova, 1966)
    • Dance, Girl, Dance (Dorothy Arzner, 1940)
    • Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991)
    • Day I Became a Woman, The (Marzieh Makhamalbaf, 2000)
    • Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch, 1985)
    • Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)
    • Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, 2013)
    • Europa Europa (Agnieszka Holland, 1990)
    • Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons, 1997)
    • Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat, 2001)
    • Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
    • Gas Food Lodging (Allison Anders, 1992)
    • Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)
    • Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978)
    • Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2011)
    • Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher, 2018)
    • Harlan County USA (Barbara Kopple, 1976)
    • Headless Woman, The (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
    • High Art (Lisa Cholodenko, 1998)
    • Hitch-hiker, The (Ida Lupino, 1953)
    • House is Black, The (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)
    • I am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni, 2018)
    • India Song (Marguerite Duras, 1975)
    • League of Their Own, A (Penny Marshall, 1992)
    • Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, 2018)
    • Long Farewell, The (Kira Muratova, 1971)
    • Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
    • Love and Anarchy (Lina Wertmüller, 1973)
    • Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000)
    • Loving Couples (Mia Zetterling, 1964)
    • Marianne & Juliane (Margarethe von Trotta, 1981)
    • Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006)
    • Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010)
    • Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May, 1976)
    • Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001)
    • Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003)
    • Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsey, 2002)
    • My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
    • Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987)
    • New Leaf, A (Elaine May, 1971)
    • News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1977)
    • No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
    • On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi, 2017)
    • One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Agnès Varda, 1977)


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