Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, I have some exciting news for you my dear readers! I will be hosting a one-time only, exclusive screening of the new, Oscar-nominated film, from the geniuses at Studio Ghibli, “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya!” But let me back up.
Even before the nominations were announced last week, my daughter asked if we could see every nominated film in the “Best Animated Feature” category, and like an idiot I said yes. I figured we would have already seen most of them. Fast forward to nomination day, and suddenly I am sitting there with potential egg on my face. We had only seen 3 of the 5 nominees. The final two were not playing in a theater near me. One seemed road-tripable, but the last one was not playing any closer than Toronto. It was not happening.
But I could not let this stand! I had to find a way to show my daughter this movie. After all, it was a Studio Ghibli movie! All of her favorite movies (Frozen notwithstanding) are their movies. My Neighbor Totoro. Ponyo. Howl’s Moving Castle. The Secret World of Arrietty. The list goes on and on. Was I going to have to drive to Toronto? Did I have time to drive to Toronto? It’s only a seven hour drive…
Then my online searching was rewarded, when I happened upon a site called Gathr. Gathr lets people set up one-time screenings of small independent films at local agreeable theaters, provided they can sell the tickets in advance. So I created an account. I am now a movie captain. And I am going to show my daughter this movie. And the good news is, I am going to show it to you too! Tickets started selling already actually, as soon as I created the event, so we’re on our way, but we’d love for you (and your friends) to come too!
The screening of “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” will be at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Burlington, VT (222 College Street) on Saturday, February 21st at 10 AM. Yes, the day before the Oscars we will all sit down to watch a beautifully hand-drawn film from the masters of Japanese animation for only $10/ticket. The trailer for the film is posted below, but the most important thing you need is the ticket buying link.
If you are closer to Vermont than to Toronto (or Los Angeles), and you or your family love great movies, maybe join us for a fun time. And I’m not saying that there might be prizes and other fun things there, but I’m not not saying it either…
If you have any questions about this event, please leave me a comment or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org