The bistro will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and we've got the perfect spot for parade watching! Call 318.459.4125 to make your balcony reservation during the Holiday in Dixie Parade that starts at 5:30 p.m. Some streets surrounding RFC will be closed from 4-6 p.m., but you should have no problem getting in and out for your movie! Here's a map with more info on the route!
We love our moviegoers ... and we love hearing from you on social media! So we're offering exclusive offers on Facebook and Instagram each week! We're kicking it off with our favorite moviegoing snack — free popcorn! The offer will be different each week — it could be discounts on movie tickets, concessions, bistro dining and more — so to make sure you don't miss these specials, we want to help you see our posts on Facebook and Instagram.
See us first on Facebook!
Facebook allows you to prioritize friends and pages so that you see their posts first in your News Feed, and we want to make sure you’re seeing Robinson Film Center! The following steps will show you how to do it. Please note the screenshots were captured in the Facebook app on an iPhone.
Step 1: Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Scroll down until you see Settings — tap on Settings.
Step 3: Tap News Feed Preferences
Step 4: Step 4: Tap “Prioritize Who to See First.” This will take you to a list of your friends and liked Facebook pages, like Robinson Film Center. Note: Users or pages that you’ve unfollowed won’t appear in this list.
Step 5: Scroll through the list until you find Robinson Film Center, and tap the RFC profile picture to flag us as “see first.” A star will appear next to our profile picture. If you need help finding the Robinson Film Center page, just scroll down slowly until a search bar and sort button appear at the top of the screen. Tap the search bar and type in Robinson Film Center to locate the page.
When you've selected Robinson Film Center as one of your pages to see first, you will see a little star by the Robinson Film Center logo profile picture (see image below)!
Post Notifications on Instagram!
To make sure you always see Instagram posts from Robinson Film Center, you can turn on post notifications for the RFC account, @rfcmovies. Follow these steps and you’ll receive a notification each time RFC shares a new post. These screenshots were captured in the Instagram application for iPhone.
Step 1: Tap the three dots on a post shared by RFC. You can also tap the three dots on our main profile page (see the second picture below).
Step 2: Tap “Turn On Post Notifications.” Now, you’ll receive a notification each time RFC shares a new post.
If you have questions or need help, contact Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Now Hiring Special Events Coordinator
Full-time, Base salary
Application deadline: September 29
Email resume and cover letter to RobinsonFilmCenterJobs@gmail.com
The mission of The Robinson Film Center is to provide a venue for international, independent and classic cinema not otherwise available in this region while serving as a resource for film production and media education. The Special Events Coordinator will work to book and administer RFC’s Special Events in coordination with Food and Beverage Manager (direct supervisor), Director of Operations and Controller. Special Events Coordinator makes certain all events are fully staffed and serviced, and also maintains strict adherence to customer service policy and budgetary guidelines. The staff member also ensures standards are met and exceeded and addresses customer comments in a timely and courteous manner.
- Work closely with the Food and Beverage Manager and Controller to book and run special events and any function that is in the multi-purpose rooms.
- Ensure that all events are ready to begin on time, including room set up, staffing, and food.
- Answer on-going correspondence of potential bookings then coordinate, work and/or oversee special events.
- Actively pursue leads for special events and book events in conjunction with directives from the Executive Director.
- Mutually set and individually follow menu and rental pricing.
- Maintain the area in a clean, safe and presentable environment (multipurpose space, etc.) at all times. Spaces should be walk-in ready.
- Control and maintain payroll in special events in coordination with Controller and Food and Beverage Manager.
- With Executive Director, coordinate, work and oversee special events planned by the Board of Directors for development purposes (e.g. annual gala, major donor events).
- Be responsible for and/or assist the Food and Beverage Manager with: procuring of supplies needed to run banquets effectively; schedule events staff; ordering of alcohol; and inventory on a weekly basis.
- Update Food and Beverage Manager and Director of Operations of maintenance and procedural problems, suggesting improvements.
- Keep up with requirements for the Point of Sale system. Update pricing and menu changes.
- Handle initial complaints from staff and customers; and keep Director of Operations and Controller informed of same.
- Assumes role of alternate floor manager in the absence of bistro floor supervisor.
- Maintain the highest standard in customer relations to give our customers the best possible experience at Robinson Film Center.
- Make sure all local, state and federal guidelines are followed.
- Ensure that proper checking of IDs are followed and understood.
- Assures staff has professional and clean appearance.
- Cooperates with and supports other departments within the organization on projects as noted above or created in the future.
- Team player with a can-do attitude.
- All events will require attendance and making sure that they are staffed properly.
- Creates and executes long-range plans.
- Possess organizational skills as well as attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple priorities.
- Exhibits excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrates professionalism, patience, enthusiasm, and willingness to work long hours
- Exhibits the ability to work with a variety of different personalities including: staff, volunteers, board members, paid consultants and the public.
- Proficient in standard office software such as Microsoft Office.
- Takes initiative without waiting to be directed.
- Implements creative approaches to leveraging resources.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
SHREVEPORT – Robinson Film Center will unveil four new Sidewalk Superstars Friday, February 24, 2017, at a noon ceremony. A reception with champagne and hors d’oeuvres will follow.
The Sidewalk Superstars program honors those who have made a significant impact in Shreveport-Bossier. Specifically, the 2017 honorees have all made great contributions specifically to the Shreveport-Bossier arts community.
To recognize their contributions, RFC has added their names to the Hollywood Walk of Fame-style stars just outside its front doors. These terrazzo stone and brass-lettered stars provide RFC with a permanent way to honor these supporters.
“The Sidewalk Superstars program is a fun and unique way to say thank you to people who mean the world to RFC and to the larger arts community,” said Meghan Hochstetler, RFC’s executive director. “These individuals and families are tireless supporters of the arts through a variety of ways.”
The 2017 class of Sidewalk Superstars are Linda and Richard Biernacki, Alexandyr Kent, Father Kenneth Paul and Henry Price.
The unveiling ceremony will kick off Oscar weekend, with RFC’s red carpet fundraiser, The Robbys, held 7 p.m. Saturday, February 25. The the new stars will be highlighted along the red carpet as guests enter the Louisiana film-themed event.
“We’re grateful for the tremendous support of these patrons, and their stars are going to look fantastic,” said Robbys party chair, Ro White. “We are a stronger organization because of these honorees, and we are excited to have this opportunity to celebrate them.”
Linda and Richard Biernacki
Linda and Richard Biernacki met in 1987 and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They have two daughters – Emily, who is studying at Ole Miss, and Nikki, who is a student at Loyola College Prep. Richard is retired from Kraft Food Service and is currently a licensed gun dealer. Linda has owned Firetech Systems, Inc. for 26 years, employing 88 fire protection professionals across the Ark-La-Tex area.
Aside from the family’s love of golf, both Linda and Richard have been heavily involved in local organizations and professional associations. Richard serves on RFC’s board, the American Red Cross North Louisiana Chapter, and the Eighth Air Force Consultation Committee. Linda serves on the board of directors for Sci-Port Discovery Center and the National Association of Women in Construction. Professionally, she serves as the first female president of the Louisiana Fire Sprinkler Association and on the National American Fire Sprinkler Association board. Linda has received several community accolades, including being a Junior Achievement Laureate, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Leader of the Year Award, a past recipient of the ATHENA Award, and the first female Committee Chairman in the Committee of 100’s 50 year history. The Biernacki family enjoys giving back to a community that has given them so much.
Alexandyr Kent served as RFC’s executive director from 2010 to 2016. During Kent’s tenure, RFC expanded its education programs to include a Teen Film Council and added popular film series such as the Family Matinee and Faith on Film. He also worked with the board of directors on fundraising projects to expand the membership program, add digital projection, replace weathered seats and crowdfund a new marquee.
Kent came to RFC in 2009 with a strong background in multimedia journalism, arts education and nonprofit programming. He holds a master's in English literature from the University of Oregon, where he concentrated on film studies. In 2016, he and moved to Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Kate Archer Kent and their four children.
Father Kenneth Paul
Fr. Kenneth Paul was born on the edge of a cotton field in Rapides Parish. Following graduation from Buckeye High School it was on to a series of private colleges and universities where Paul was an "intellectual lay about" for 12 years. Included are Asbury College, Southern Methodist University, University of the South, Christ Church College, Oxford University England, The General Seminary and the New School of Social Research – some from which he took degrees and some he took a good time. He was ordained a deacon in Christ Episcopal Church, Bastrop in 1965 and a priest at St. Mark's, Shreveport in 1966. Here he served on the staff of St. Mark's, Episcopal Chaplain at Centenary College and was elected Rector of Church of the Holy Cross in 1968. He is married to Virginia Hodges Millener and they are parents of William and Raymond and grandparents of Caroline and James. Paul has served on many boards and agencies since his arrival to Shreveport. When asked how he would like to be remembered he says for founding two facilities for the elderly and handicapped – Holy Cross Villas in Bossier and Holy Cross Villas in Shreveport – and for Holy Cross Hope House a day shelter that provides a multitude of services for those in need in the downtown area. Paul retired on Easter Day 2007.
Henry Price has served as supervisor of art for Caddo Parish Public Schools since 1995. Prior to the job of supervisor of art, he was the assistant principal at Caddo Magnet High School for 15 years. Price also serves as the president of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council board of directors, where he was instrumental in creating the popular ArtBreak festival. He is a board member at The Arc of Caddo-Bossier Foundation and a former board member of RFC, Meadows Museum of Art and Sci-Port Discovery Center. Price is an artist whose art has been featured at exhibits around Louisiana. He has been recognized throughout his career with many accolades including the 2014 Southeastern Regional Arts Supervisor of the Year Award and the 2014 Lt. Governor’s Award for Art Education in the State of Louisiana.
These four Sidewalk Superstars join 22 other stars on RFC’s Texas St. sidewalk: Bruce Wayne Allen; Anderson Feazel Manaement, Inc.; The Ballengee Foundation; Karin and Greg Barro; Boomtown Casino; Zama Dexter; The Falbaum Family; Sylvia K. Goodman; O. Delton Harrison, Jr.; Scarlett and Jefferson Hendricks; Bobbie Hicks; Nancy McCullough Humphrey; Elizabeth Baucum Joyce; Moonbot Studios; Carolyn and Coco Nelson; Sam and Sally Norton; Red River Bank; William A. Robinson; John Settle; Charles Leon Thomas; Querbes and Nelson; and Willis-Knighton Health System.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Meghan Hochstetler, executive director
(318) 459-4111, email@example.com
5:30-7:30 p.m. December 14
Whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping or just getting started, we can help! At the RFC Gift Market we will have special deals on RFC gift cards, gift baskets or even gift memberships – all great stocking stuffers – plus complimentary hors-d'oeuvres and a cash bar. If you’re not a member, now is a great time to join and help us reach our goal of 1,500 members. Your membership provides vital ongoing support to help us bring you the best movies on the planet, and members save an average of $7 per visit!
GIFT MARKET DEALS:
- Purchase any 12-month membership and get 2 months for free! Enjoy a 14-month membership that won't expire until February of 2018!
- Purchase $50 in gifts cards and get another $10 for free!
- Purchase a gift membership and get 2 free movie passes for yourself!
Meghan Hochstetler, Robinson Film Center’s interim executive director, has been named executive director by the nonprofit’s board of directors.
Hochstetler has been at Robinson Film Center since 2011 helping to grow and sharpen RFC’s education and film programming. She took over as interim executive director in May from outgoing director Alexandyr Kent.
“I’m so proud to be a part of the Robinson Film Center team of board and staff members,” Hochstetler said. “I’m excited to continue working for and leading this organization that is very close to my heart.”
Hochstetler came to RFC in 2011 as a media educator. In 2012 she became education director and in 2015 was named director of audience. After earning a journalism degree from Louisiana Tech University, Hochstetler worked as a freelance writer for local publications like The Shreveport Times while also pursuing a career working with teenagers at area churches.
“We are very proud to announce Meghan Hochstetler as our new executive director,” said Justin Ricou, board president of RFC. “Meghan has done a magnificent job for Robinson Film Center. We are looking forward to continued success and great happenings at RFC.”
Meghan Hochstetler, Robinson Film Center’s audience director, has been named interim executive director by the nonprofit’s board of directors. She takes over May 2 for outgoing executive director Alexandyr Kent, who is moving soon with his family to Wisconsin.
Hochstetler has worked at Robinson Film Center since 2011. She has helped to grow and sharpen RFC’s education and film programming.
“I’m proud to be a part of the team of staff and board members at RFC and excited for this opportunity,” Hochstetler said. “It has been a pleasure to work for and with Alex for the past five years. He’s done incredible things for our organization, and I look forward to helping RFC push ahead.”
Hochstetler began working at RFC in 2011 as a media educator. In 2012 she became education director and in 2015 was named director of audience. After earning a journalism degree from Louisiana Tech University, Hochstetler worked as a freelance writer for local publications like The Shreveport Times, while also pursuing a career working with teenagers at area churches.
“We’re very fortunate to have Meghan,” said Ro White, board president of RFC. “We’re sorry to see Alex go, but RFC has a great team in place. Meghan is the right choice to lead us through this transition. She’s been a great spokesperson and tireless leader for our programming. She will do a great job carrying RFC forward.”
Kent’s final day at RFC is April 29. The board will celebrate his contributions at a happy hour reception on May 3, the evening of Give for Good. The “day of giving,” sponsored locally by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, is an opportunity for citizens to support their favorite nonprofits by donating online at www.giveforgoodnla.org.
Alexandyr Kent, who has served as Robinson Film Center’s executive director since late 2010, has announced he is moving with his family to Madison, Wisconsin.
His wife, Kate Archer Kent, news producer at Red River Radio, has accepted a new position at Wisconsin Public Radio. Madison represents an opportunity for the Kents to advance their careers and move closer to family members living in the Midwest.
“I’m proud of my wife, and we’re a great team,” Alexandyr Kent said. “We have lived in Louisiana for 14 years and are sad to leave this warm community. Madison is a wonderful opportunity for us and our kids, and we look forward to it. At the same time, it’s very hard to leave the staff, board, moviegoers and members at Robinson Film Center. They are the bedrock of this institution, and I will be forever grateful to them. RFC is a unique, vibrant center for culture in Shreveport. I can’t wait to watch it grow as a longtime fan.”
During Kent’s tenure, RFC expanded its education programs to include a Teen Film Council and added popular series such as the Family Matinee and Faith on Film. He also worked with the board on fundraising projects to expand the membership program, add digital projection, replace weathering seats, and recently, crowdfund a new marquee. He began working at RFC in 2009.
“Movies mean a great deal to me because they play a vital role in people coming together to explore new ideas, emotions and experiences,” Kent said. “I’m proud that this community is so passionate about this place. This is an entertainment and culture destination that people celebrate day in and day out. It feels good to watch people enjoy it.”
Ro White, president of RFC’s board of directors, says Kent will be missed.
“Alex has been the heart and soul of RFC, and we will miss him dearly,” White said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words, but I am also happy for him and his family. He has all of my support. This is a great opportunity for them.”
The board of directors is currently meeting to discuss its interim management plans.
“RFC won’t be the same,” White said, “but I’m confident that we are in a good position to move forward into a new chapter.”
Robinson Film Center is lighting up Texas Street with a new marquee. Installation work began on Feb. 22, and RFC will celebrate with the Light the Marquee Reception at 6:30 p.m. March 4.
The crowd-funded addition is made possible by gifts from 273 donors who supported RFC for Give for Good. The May 5, 2015, day of philanthropic giving is sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. Proceeds from June/July screenings of the first four episodes of “The Shape of Shreveport” supported the marquee project, too.
RFC’s downtown neighbor Kevin Bryan Architect designed the new marquee. The firm’s namesake is excited about the project.
“It’s just one more extension of what’s happening downtown, which is a resurgence,” said Kevin Bryan, who is also an RFC board member. “It’s an outward symbol of growth.”
The sign was built and is being installed by Artie Nevels Signs & Awnings of Shreveport. A social media project to build awareness about the funding campaign was designed by Moviesauce, an independent multimedia company.
“This marquee is the result of local giving passion,” said Alexandyr Kent, RFC executive director, “so it was important for us to work with local companies to make it happen. We’re humbled every day by the generosity of our community. This marquee shows how powerful a crowd can be for local nonprofits.”
At the March 4 reception, RFC will gather to officially light the marquee and thank funders and moviegoers.
“There’s something truly exciting about walking under a big, bold marquee on the way into a downtown theater,” Kent said. “It’s how moviegoing works best, and it wouldn’t happen without local giving. We’re grateful to all the donors, board, moviegoers and funders who have gotten us to this point. The future is truly brighter because of the community’s longterm commitment to this place.”
Lots of new eyes should see the marquee, too. In March, Robinson Film Center is partnering with Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation to present a month’s worth of free admission. From an opening night screening of “Easy Rider” to a closing night “Grease” sing-along, all the movie tickets will be free to the community for the March Movies Free for All series.
“It’s a season of renewal for RFC,” Kent said. “We hope to see lots of marquee selfies on social media!”
A brief history of Shreveport’s downtown moviegoing
RFC is not the first movie theater marquee to go up in downtown. The neighborhood is rich with theater history. The very first movie ever shown in Shreveport was at a downtown theater. On December 22, 1896, the Grand Opera House (located at 400 Texas St. where the Chase Tower now stands) asked audience members to stick around after the performance of “Carmen” to see this new “motion picture” phenomenon that people in other parts of the country were talking about.
Short movies became a staple in the Grand’s lineup, and not long after, theaters made just for movies began popping up around the downtown neighborhood. One of the firsts was the Electric Theatre in 1907 at 516 Texas St. across from the courthouse. The Electric, like many early 20th century theaters, was a nickelodeon, a make-shift movie theater likely with folding chairs and a sheet tacked up on a far wall for a screen. Admission price: just a nickel.
By 1920, downtown Shreveport had already been home to at least a dozen movie theaters. Some were multi-format houses that could stage live performances as well as films, and others, like the Saenger Theatre at 616 Milam, focused primarily on movies. The Saenger bore the name of its owners, Julian and Abe Saenger. The Saenger brothers owned a drugstore at the corner of Milam and Louisiana (go by, you can still see their name on the building) but decided to try their hand at film exhibition and soon became movie theater magnates owning properties throughout the south and internationally.
As nickelodeons were dying out and theaters were growing larger and more plush, the Saengers and fellow local theater owners Henry and Simon Ehrlich ushered in the era of the movie palace in downtown Shreveport with the opening of the Strand Theatre in 1925. In 1928, the sound wave hit Shreveport with the first talkies. The Silent Era quietly exited, and the movie industry exploded. The 1930s saw the greatest era of growth in number of Shreveport movie theaters. During the first half of the 20th century, downtown Shreveport housed over 20 movie theaters within its borders, and almost as many grand marquees. The Don, at 516 Crockett, closed its doors in 1981 and was the last mainstream theater to operate downtown.
In May 2008, movies returned to downtown Shreveport with Robinson Film Center. In the tradition of the nickelodeons and grand movie palaces that came before it, RFC is committed to bringing the best in motion picture entertainment to downtown.
Downtown Area Movie Theaters
The Avenue, 1034 Texas Ave.
The Bijou, 412 Texas St.
The Capitol, 513 Milam St.
The Capri, 620 Milam St.
The Crystal, 611 Milam St.
The Don, 516 Crockett St.
The Dreamland, 218 Texas St.
The Electric Theatre, 516 Texas St.
The Hippodrome, 224 Texas St.
The Iris, 600 block of Louisiana Ave.
The Joy, 623 Texas St.
The Joy Drive-In, 2460 Texas Ave.
The Majestic, 601 Milam St.
The Musee, 625 Milam St.
The New Lyric, 1864 Texas Ave.
The Palace, 220 Texas St.
The Queen, 401 Texas St.
The Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St.
The Saenger, 616 Milam St.
The Star, 1041 Texas Ave.
The Strand, 619 Louisiana Ave.
The Theatorium, 200 block of Louisiana Ave.
The Victoria, 500 block of Louisiana Ave.
The West End Theatre, 1831 Texas Ave.
Trumbo arrives at the RFC this week, a film that presents a darkly-comic view of one of the least-comic periods in American history, the McCarthy era of the 1940s and 50s. Trumbo covers several years in the life of Dalton Trumbo, an award-winning, highly-respected Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted from the movie industry for over a decade after running afoul of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) for his left-of-center political views.
But some may wonder: who was the historical Dalton Trumbo? And what was the McCarthy Era and The Blacklist? And why should we care?
Born in 1905 in western Colorado to a working-class family, Trumbo moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1925. While a college student he chose writing as a career but juggled several part-time jobs while piling up rejection letters from his short stories and novels. By the early 1930s, however, he was beginning to be successful, publishing in national magazines such as Vanity Fair and The Saturday Evening Post.
His big break in Hollywood came in 1935 when he was hired by Warner Brothers studio as a script reader. Soon, Trumbo was writing his own scripts and he proved to be fast, versatile, and prolific, working successfully in a wide range of genres, from the college romance Sorority House (1939), to the soap-operaish Kitty Foyle (1940) – which was his first Oscar-nominated screenplay, to the patriotic war film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944). By the late 1940s, when Hollywood was at its height of popularity in American culture, Trumbo was one of its most sought-after – and wealthy – scriptwriters.
The world of Hollywood began to internally combust, however, in October of 1947, when The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a House of Representatives committee formed in the late 1930s to combat Nazism, came to Hollywood to investigate the influence of Communism in the film industry. Trumbo, and scores of other Hollywood writers, actors, and producers – from Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney to John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart – were called to testify before the committee, either “to confess” their political beliefs and affiliations or “to name names” of those who were Communists or “fellow travelers.”
Trumbo, like many American writers and intellectuals shaped by The Great Depression, supported progressive politics during the 1930s and 40s. He even joined the Communist Party for a while during the 1940s. During the HUAC hearings in Hollywood, Trumbo became linked with “The Hollywood Ten,” a group who refused to answer questions by the committee, citing their First Amendment rights to privacy, speech, and thought.
In the anti-communist climate of Cold-War America, where Senator Joseph McCarthy dominated national headlines investigating Communist influence in Washington, the Hollywood Ten was cited for contempt of Congress, and each was fined $1000 and spent from six months to a year in prison. Afterwards, they were all blacklisted, meaning they were denied work by the Hollywood studios not wanting to appear “soft” on leftist politics.
Several hundred people ended up being blacklisted in the entertainment business during the late 1940s and 50s, with many careers being ruined forever. Some of the more fortunate ones, like Trumbo, continued to work, though at grossly-reduced salaries, under pseudonyms or were “fronted” (Woody Allen starred in a film about this: The Front, 1976) by other screenwriters.
Trumbo's journey through this tortured era (what writer Stefan Kanfer called “The Plague Years”) is one of the most famous of the Hollywood stories. He continued to get occasional work – behind the scenes – for example, writing the Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday (1953) in which his “front” man won an Academy Award for Screenwriting. And in 1957, Trumbo's screenplay for The Brave Ones, written under the pseudonym “Frank Rich,” won another Oscar.
The following year, Otto Preminger hired Trumbo to write the Biblical epic Exodus (1960) and Kirk Douglas soon followed by hiring him to write Spartacus (1960). With the publicity surrounding these two Hollywood blockbusters and Trumbo's name publicly acknowledged, the Blacklist was essentially broken, though the psychic trauma within the Hollywood community has only recently begun to fade.
So Why See This Film?
Focusing on Trumbo’s eccentricities (writing his scripts in the bathtub!) – as well as on his superb wit and stubbornness – Bryan Cranston’s performance is the center of the film, a performance that’s receiving a lot of Oscar speculation for Best Actor. And the supporting cast is filled, too, with wonderful actors: Helen Mirren, as right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and John Goodman, as movie producer Frank King, help re-create a Hollywood amidst a political civil war.
Perhaps, more importantly, though, this film may give us some insight into how to handle our own turbulent times, when the pressure of world events is leading us to judge and exclude others, to essentially “blacklist” them from the possibility of the American Dream. In a world getting increasingly complicated, remembering our country's history and what we might learn from it, might be a very good thing indeed.
Jefferson Hendricks is the George A. Wilson Eminent Scholars Endowed Chair of American Literature at Centenary College of Louisiana. A member of RFC’s Board of Directors, he has published four books on the American poet Edwin Rolfe and his involvement in the cultural politics of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday, and Robinson Film Center is partnering with other locally owned businesses to encourage support for small businesses during the year’s busiest shopping season.
Stop by RFC on Nov. 28, along with our Small Business Saturday partners, and grab your #ShopLocalSB Passport for a chance to win more than $350 worth in gift cards and prizes from your favorite local businesses. Each participating business you visit will “stamp” your passport, with each visit worth one entry for the passport prize pack.
Local businesses joining RFC in the #ShopLocalSB Passport are Hippie Baby, Appli-Ks, Norsworthy Gallery, artspace Pop-Up Shops, Epic Aquaria, Lena’s Shoe Galley, The Agora Borealis, Great Raft Brewing, Vessel Vintage, The Sleepy Hollow, Marilynn’s Place, The Mint Julep Paperie and Milling Around Interiors.
Once you’ve completed your card, or marked off as many entries as you can, make sure to leave the passport with the last participating business you visit.
Check out this great article from Shreveport Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Liz Swaine on why shopping small makes a big difference in your community.
Chef Tootie Morrison faced off against four other local chefs in the inaugural Louisiana Food Prize competition. The chefs had 40 minutes to create their dish with ingredients provided by Slow Food North Louisiana — ingredients they received at the start of the countdown. Celebrity guest judges selected Tootie's dish as their favorite, awarding her with the Golden Fork and $5,000 check.
RFC members can now purchase their discounted tickets online. Here are the steps to activating your membership with our online ticketing system.
Click on SHOWTIMES & TICKETS on the main page of the website.
Select the film/event showtime for which you would like to purchase tickets.
In the upper righthand corner, click on "Forgot Password?"
Enter the email account associated with your membership (this would be the email you provided to RFC when you joined). Click submit.
If the email address used is the one we have on file, you should receive instructions to change your password. Click on the provided link, change your password and activate your account.
If you are having trouble setting up your account, please contact membership coordinator Jennifer Garcie at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 318.459.4113.
Tickets to the 7th Annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival go on sale Sept. 1. The festival, presented by PACE: People Acting for Change and Equality, will be held Sept. 18-24 at the film center. Highlights of this year's festival include three visiting directors, Robert L. Camina, Jillian Armenante and JC Calciano. The filmmakers will hold Director Q&A screenings as well as workshops as part of the Meet the Filmmakers Series, a new feature of the festival.
Students at our Comedy Camp perfected the art of the one-shot, meticulously planning their films to capture the action in long takes. We can't wait for you to see their work, along with the films from our other summer campers, at the Summer Film Camp Showcase on Aug. 15. RFC is partnering with Renzi Education & Art Center to premiere these student films with two free showtimes at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
It's elementary, my dear moviegoers. You need a dinner-and-a-movie outing with Abby Singer's fish and chips and Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen. Our hand-battered cod is served with fries, coleslaw and a side of malt vinegar. Show your Mr. Holmes ticket at the bistro and get $2 off your fish and chips dinner. Valid for dinner, dine-in only.
Mr. Holmes opens July 24 at RFC. Call now for dinner reservations: 318.459.4125.
RFC's Totally Awesome '80s Movie Marathon continues to go strong with the Family Matinees screening of Ghostbusters. With all those proton packs, RFC (or as we like to call it, Ghostbusters headquarters) is paranormal-problem free!
See Ghostbusters on the big screen during the marathon through July 23.
You guys really know your '80s movies ... and you know how to rock that '80s style too! The '80s Movie Trivia Dinner was a sell out, packed with a competitive crowd.
The Totally Awesome '80s Movie Marathon continues at RFC through July 23.