Topics: Film

Chatham Orpheum Theater Presents Virtual Screening Room

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

CHATHAM — “It's hard being closed,” said Kevin McLain, executive director of The Chatham Orpheum Theater. But don't get the wrong idea. The Orpheum is committed to staying closed until it can safely reopen to provide the same kind of experience for which it is known and loved. The number one priority of this community theater is exactly that. Community. It's that commitment to community which has inspired the ...

EVERYWHERE – What do you do when a global pandemic wipes out everything you hold dear – your job, your home, your future prospects? Well, if you’re Scott Gerke, you sell off pretty much everything you own and hit the road. Gerke, from Key West, Fla., had been working as a professional DJ, event host, and YouTuber when the pandemic hit. By the end of March, every one of his future gigs was canceled. With no pro...

In the early 17th century, English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold gave Cape Cod its name due to the abundant cod fish he saw in its waters. Throughout history, the cod has played a crucial role in feeding various peoples, from explorers on ships such as the Vikings, to Basques, to Europeans, to early settlers of the Cape. They all lived on cod, whether it was fresh, salted or frozen. Author Mark Kurlansky, in hi...

Free 'Paris To Pittsburgh' Screening On Earth Day

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – To mark Earth Day, Sustainable Practices will sponsor a free showing of the film “Paris to Pittsburgh” at the Chatham Orpheum Theatre. The film will screen at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20. While tickets are free, they must be reserved at the theater box office. The Brewster-based Sustainable Practices is sponsoring town meeting articles in eight Cape towns to prohibit town agencies from purchasing a...

Queen is one of the most recognizable names in the music industry — they have brought to life such classic songs as “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” and, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Every member of the band is still alive except for Freddie Mercury, who was the lead vocalist and one of the most flamboyant performers the world has ever seen. He died at the age of 45 from complications of AIDS, and his s...

CHATHAM — The Chatham Orpheum Theater is known across the Cape for showing a selection of films focusing on famous artists, and this year the Sustainability Film Series. Now the theater is branching and introducing the New York Dog and Cat Film Festivals to Cape Cod on Sept. 29 and 30. “Every winter in January, there’s a conference in Utah,” said Kevin McClain, executive director of the Orpheum, “which is a ga...

Sustainable Practices, a Cape-wide non-profit organization, is hosting the Sustainability Film Series at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. The documentary screening series began in the fall of 2017 and is returning on Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. with “The True Cost,” a film that tackles the topic of where clothes come from. “It’s about the clothes we wear,” reads the official synopsis, “the people who make them, and the imp...

CHATHAM – Watching just the trailer for “I'll Push You,” a documentary that screens at the Chatham Orpheum Theater May 24, conveys the emotional depth of the experience Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray went through when they traveled the El Camino de Santiago in 2014. Filming the two friends' journey also changed the life of director Terry Parish. “When you're on the journey with them you are also a pilgrim of...

The Hungry Traveler, the popular five-week documentary film series produced by Carol Yindra as part of the Eldredge Public Library Learning Series, whets your appetite again this year as it returns to Chatham’s Orpheum Theatre beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. The five-documentary series is socially informative as it highlights culinary tours of exotic foods, delectable wines, interesting locations and col...

What does it mean to live sustainably? For Madhavi Venkatesan, the answer is simple. She defines it as “living my life everyday as though I recognize my own mortality.” As the executive director of Sustainability Practices, Venkatesan has had a huge hand in delivering the non-profit’s message about conscious consumption. Primarily, the group is raising awareness by screening films tied into the theme of sustai...

When filmmaker Craig Dudnick met Alice Tregay, he had no idea that she had played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. At the time, he was working on a documentary about the struggles of the African American community in Evanston, Ill.; Tregay's brother was the community's first black firefighter, and she provided some photographs for the film. “She liked the film I made and said she had other things I...

Chatham Orpheum: A Main Street Success Story

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In the five years since the first commercial film in 25 years was shown on the town's Main Street, the promise of the Chatham Orpheum Theater has been more than fulfilled. That was evident on a recent rainy morning as a steady stream of moviegoers – heavy on youngsters – came in and out of the theater for the morning matinee. “This is our kind of day,” said John “Kim” Doggett, seated a table in th...

A woman out for her regular run through the North Harwich woods stumbles upon a disturbing scene, apparently the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad. Things turn ugly, and she ends up running for her life, forced to defend herself in ways she never imagined possible. No, that's not the latest Netflix original. It's the plot of “Runner,” a short film being produced locally by a Harwich couple who hope to use it t...

When Laura “Poppy Grace” Wanamaker’s films are shown at the Chatham Orpheum Theater next week, don’t expect to get a front row seat. Those seats will be taken up by “Laura’s Moms” – Ginny Nickerson, Karen McPherson, Nina Schuessler, Jennifer Sexton, Jamie Niethold Nash, Lynette Walker, Carrie Fahle, Erica DeZitter, Tamara Harper and myself. When Robin Goellner, Wanamaker’s mother, passed away from breast cance...

CHATHAM – The Chatham Orpheum Theater will mark its 100 th anniversary Sunday at its annual “A Summer's Evening” fundraiser. The exact date of the theater's opening is uncertain; even the year is a bit of a question. There's evidence that it may have opened in 1915, after Captain A.H. Bearse bought Lowella F. Smith's home on Main Street and built a “first-class” theater with a seating capacity of 400 and “ele...

CHATHAM – Why, after 31 years, is “Back to the Future” still popular enough that people travel long distances to see it on the big screen and hear its co-creator and one of its stars talk about making the film? “Everybody wonders what were my parents like when they were kids; everybody wonders what was my parents' first date like,” said the film's co-writer and producer Bob Gale during a question and answer se...