AHDC Presents Documentary Series by This ‘n That Films in April

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 27, 2018

Historic Downtown Clarksville will make an appearance on the big screen this spring, alongside documentaries about author Mark Twain, architect Hugh Kaptur, comic Irving Benson and others.

During the month of April, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) will present five award-winning documentaries by California-based This ‘n That Films at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Sundays at 4:00pm. Tickets for the first film in the series will be available at the box office beginning April 2.

Filmmaker John Adkison, who was last seen as Harold Hill in the Roxy Regional Theatre’s production of The Music Man and will be appearing in the theatre’s upcoming Vietnam War drama A Piece of My Heart, co-produced the documentaries in the series with Bert Simonis. While working in Clarksville in 2015, Adkison shot photographs of the Roxy’s iconic 1947 marquee, along with other neon signage in Nashville, and included the images in the film The Neon Struggle.

The complete April 2018 lineup includes the following films:

Sunday, April 8 @ 4:00pm

Go behind the scenes of Hollywood’s premier caroling group, The Voices of Christmas, and learn what it takes to spread holiday cheer in Los Angeles. Step inside the often grueling and occasionally glamorous world of the people who make the holiday magic happen. Tension among the singers grows as Christmas Day approaches. Fasten your seat belt … it’s a bumpy holiday ride!

Rating: PG-13
Running time: 78 minutes
Release year: 2017
Directors: John C. Brown, Bert Simonis
Cast: Lisa Stanley, Rick Kleber, Julie Carrillo


Sunday, April 15 @ 4:00pm

Rio owns a small sign shop in Southern California. His grandfather taught him how to heat and bend the delicate glass tubes into the shapes of letters and symbols. Today, business is slow and Rio’s sons, the potential fourth generation of neon craftsman, have not yet learned the trade because there is not enough work. What is the future of neon? This documentary features neon signs from Clarksville and Nashville which the filmmaker shot while working as an actor at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

PALM SPRINGS DOUBLE FEATURE: Presented with Quiet Elegance

Rating: G
Running time: 37 minutes
Release year: 2016
Directors: John C. Brown, Bert Simonis
Cast: Rio Score III

The Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur
Sunday, April 15 @ 4:00pm

During his 50-plus years designing homes, office buildings and civic structures in Palm Springs, architect Hugh Kaptur has assembled a body of work that is rivaled by few and envied by many. In interviews with architects, colleagues and Hugh himself, this film tells the story of Kaptur’s life and career. It features unprecedented access to celebrity homes and is quite literally a tour of Palm Springs and Kaptur buildings given by Hugh himself.

PALM SPRINGS DOUBLE FEATURE: Presented with The Neon Struggle

Rating: NR
Running time: 52 minutes
Release year: 2014
Directors: John C. Brown, Bert Simonis
Cast: Hugh M. Kaptur, James Harlan, Gary Johns


Mark Twain Finds His Voice
Sunday, April 22 @ 4:00pm

This PBS documentary tells the story of 29-year-old Samuel Clemens, who in the fall of 1864 hid out from the San Francisco police in the cabin of the brother of a friend near Angels Camp, in the California Sierra foothills. Find out how 88 days in the mother lode, and a story about a jumping frog, helped propel Mark Twain from local newspaper writer to international celebrity.

Rating: NR
Running time: 72 minutes
Release year: 2015
Directors: John C. Brown, Bert Simonis
Cast: James Caron, Michelle Gordon


Sunday, April 29 @ 4:00pm

At age 102, comic Irving Benson stood alone as the oldest link to a uniquely American art form — Burlesque. For more than half a century, Irv was a “first comic,” the contemporary of great funny-men like Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason. Irv headlines a cast of fellow veteran Burlesque and Vaudeville performers. Together with a team of theatre historians, they take us into the colorful world of the Burlesque show and uncover the roots of American Comedy. Filmed on location at NYC’s Palace Theatre, this award-winning documentary spotlights the final film appearance of legendary straight man Ed McMahon and showcases hilarious clips from Irv’s appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Rating: NR
Running time: 91 minutes
Release year: 2011
Directors: John C. Brown
Cast: Irving Benson

Since Roxy Regional Theatre Executive Director Ryan Bowie brought film back to the theatre for the first time in over three decades with the Planters Bank Presents… film series in the fall of 2016, the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville has played host to such favorites as The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, Hocus Pocus, Dirty Dancing,Toy Story, Beetlejuice, Forrest Gump, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Citizen Kane and others.

Admission is $5 (cash or check only). Tickets for each film go on sale one week prior to the showing and are available at the box office between 9:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. Any remaining tickets are available at the door one hour prior to show time. Popcorn, assorted candy and bottled water are available as concessions. For more information, please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org/filmseries.

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