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CCAC to hold movie screenings on Tuesdays in July at NIACC Center

CCAC to hold movie screenings on Tuesdays in July at NIACC Center
By James Grob,

They say when it comes to movies, everyone’s a critic. On Tuesdays in the month of July, everyone in Charles City will get the chance to put that saying to the test.

The Charles City Arts Center is sponsoring a series of movie screenings on Tuesdays in July, with each screening starting at 5:30 p.m. at the NIACC Center in Charles City. The series is titled “Europe in Flames, Perspectives of World War II,” and the movies will include a short pre-screen presentation and a short discussion afterwards. Popcorn will be available.

Cost will be $5 per film or $16 for all four. Tickets are available online at the CCAC website or in person at the CCAC.

“These are four films that deal with World War II, mostly from the European perspective,” said Robert Mulcahy, who will organize and moderate the screenings. “We are hoping to get a perspective from each of four countries that took part.”

The movies are a way to expose people to films that they probably haven’t seen before, according to Mulcahy, who has taught film classes at the university level. He said that the screenings in July will be a trial run, and there might be one in the fall and another next spring if the movies are a success.

The July 5 movie will be “We Are From the Future, “ a 2008 Russian film directed by Andrei Maliukv. On July 12, the movie will be “Life is Beautiful,” a 1997 Italian film directed by Robert Benigni. The July 19 movie is “Everything is Illuminated,” a 2005 United States film directed by Liev Schreiber. On July 26, the movie will be “The Captain,” a 2018 German film directed by Robert Schwentke.

Screenings will be at the NIACC Center because the facility has better tech and also because it’s convenient for Mulcahy, as he works there. Mulcahy has been on the CCAC board since the start of the year.

If it’s decided to continue the screenings, Mulcahy said, he hopes future topics would include horror films.

“I think horror films get a bad rap. There is value in looking at them from a scholarly perspective,” he said. “I think horror films might draw more people in, and since this is a fundraiser for the arts center, it would be good to have a bigger audience.”

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