Published February 27. 2014 4:00AM
You might know it as the Winter Film Festival or the New London Oscar Film Festival, but this year, the Garde Arts Center's pre-Academy Awards screening extravaganza is going by another name: the Save Movies at the Garde Film Festival.
The event's title serves as a reminder that the Garde is in the process of raising $361,000 to install state-of-the-art digital equipment and a new audio system. The theater has brought in about 80 percent of that total so far.
Steve Sigel, who is the Garde's executive director, states in a press release, "Although not everything is paid for or installed, we hope that by showcasing our new system, the generosity and support of individuals, business, foundations and civic organizations throughout the region will help us meet or exceed our goal in the coming weeks."
Hollywood studios are switching from 35mm releases to digital, so movie theaters have to install digital equipment. As part of that process, the Garde is bringing in a high-resolution projector and 29 speaker cabinets that will be placed at various locations in the theater. The Garde will be able to integrate all sorts of media with this system, from BlueRay to closed-circuit TV to Internet.
As for the movies in this festival, the line-up is packed with all sorts of potential Oscar winners. You can see "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Blue Jasmine," "Wolf of Wall Street" and more.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Garde film schedule
All movies begin at 7:30 p.m., except where noted. Tickets are $7. Festival passes, which are good for one admission to every film, is $35. Call (860) 444-7373, gardearts.org. The Garde is located at 325 State St., New London.
Tonight: "Dallas Buyers Club"
Friday: "Captain Phillips"
Saturday: "Nebraska," 3 p.m.
Sunday: "20 Feet from Stardom," 3 p.m.
March 5: "Enough Said"
March 7: "Wolf of Wall Street"
March 8: "12 Years a Slave," 3 p.m.
March 22: "Despicable Me 2," 3 p.m.
March 23: "Blue Jasmine"
March 28: "Rush"
March 30: "Before Midnight," 3 p.m.