Brenna Shippy
Staff Writer

As of Nov. 2, Lorain County Community College’s Film Series’ campaign “Don’t Let Us go Dark” [digital projectors fundraising] exceeded its goal of $70,000 by $65,000, raising $135,000.

LCCC’s Film Series premiered in 1966, making it the longest running non-academic activity on campus. In 2016, it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The series is unique in the screening of independent American, international [cinema] as well as foreign films. The location is convenient for many of its members since the screening happens in the college at the Stocker Arts Center. Tickets are an affordable $6 after paying a $3 one-time membership. Parking is free and if one wishes, wine and beer are available with other various snack foods to enjoy during the movie.

The Film Series offers 18 films annually. Though the series draws in many community members, the hope is to also bring in more students as well.  It is a benefit for students going into film classes, the arts or history, that the series is available on campus.

Two showings remain for the fall/winter semester, which includes “Monsoon Wedding” and “What’s Cooking.” Selected movies in the film series have discussion sessions which follow after the showings. During these discussions, he encourages audience members to talk about scenes in the movie, as well as character development, cinematography, etc.

“Sometimes we have 40-50 people will sit in to discuss a movie we screen,” stated Robert Dudash, found/director of LCCC Film Series, “because they’re interested in asking questions as well as sharing their views and interpretations. Some films tend to lend themselves to a discussion more than others.”

From the beginning, Dudash had planned to create an alternative film series. He made the decision to screen films that were not shown extensively in the commercial cinema.

“I have to seek out the films I choose,” explained Dudash, “They’re generally movies that people aren’t aware of or are familiar. I also take suggestions from others and then I make a note of it and do the research.”

While the Cinematheque offers a wide range of films as well, however LCCC has become an alternative location.

“The traditional 35 mm has been used in movie theatres for over a hundred years,” stated Dudash, “Now the industry is converting, making films and exhibiting films in digital. Therefore we need digital equipment in order to get any new releases. It’s a requirement for us to get digital if we want to stay in business.”

Moving to digital means restoration of older movies, less scratches, better image quality, and light and contrast adjustments-all in helping improve the experience of watching a movie as it was intended. The new equipment is expected to be in place no later than Sept. 2015.

View a list of all the events in the Film Series at LCCC’s Stocker Arts Center website or pick up one of the Film Series brochures found throughout the campus.