DONOR SPOTLIGHT: CON EDISON This year, support from Con Edison has once again enabled The Picture House Regional Film Center to extend the power of film to three distinct audiences. WEEKLY FREE SENIORS MATINEE
Each week The Picture House opens its doors to senior citizens and shows a film on the main screen for free. The Tuesday seniors’ matinee has become an increasingly popular, weekly social event for a diverse group of seniors from locations throughout Westchester including single family and group homes, recreation centers, and assisted living facilities. In recent months, the matinees have been ‘selling out’ — over 300 seniors a week come for a free movie and community experience. Many say that they’ve seen films that never would have seen otherwise — and that the screenings are “mind-opening.” As one senior said:
WORKING COUNTY-WIDE WITH GIRLS INC.
On the other side of the age spectrum, TPH has begun a Voice & Vision filmmaking course with the Girls Inc. Westchester Leadership Council. The leadership council consists of 32 girls — two representatives from each Girls Inc. Westchester chapter. The Council meets monthly to talk about social issues and undertake a project that addresses the topic they find most meaningful. This year, the group’s focus is domestic violence. TPH instructors are helping them make a short documentary film which they hope will raise awareness of domestic abuse, destigmatize the issue, and help victims become survivors. Over the course of several months the students learn the basics of documentary filmmaking and interview techniques, and will work as a team to research, plan, and film their video.
“This is a great service you provide for the senior community. Film is still one of the most powerful arts in its ability to move people, open their minds & hearts.”
TPH Welcomes New Board Members In January 2017, The Picture House welcomed Jeanne Radvany and Christos Kalyvas to its Board of Directors. “We are fortunate to have such experienced and dedicated volunteers join our Board,” said TPH Board Chair James Palmisciano. “Jeanne and Chris share a passion for The Picture House and its mission — we’re looking forward to having them help us continue to move the organization forward.” Jeanne Radvany, a graduate of Colby College, received her MBA from Boston College and has a background in banking and consulting. Since moving to Pelham in 2001 with her husband David and their two children, Radvany has demonstrated a dedication to the community through various volunteer positions, including serving on the Board of the Junior League of Pelham and on the Learning Center School Board of the Pelham Jewish Center. At the Pelham Education Foundation, Jeanne has been Foundation Chair, Strategic Plan Committee Chair, and its President from 2008-2011. Chris Kalyvas has deep roots in Westchester. A native of Yonkers, he and his wife Erika have lived in Pelham Manor with their two children for more than 15 years. Kalyvas has been an active member of the Pelham community coaching sports teams and serving two terms on the Board of the Danny Fund where he served as Treasurer. Kalyvas is a partner at Ernst & Young where he leads the Banking and Capital Markets Assurance practice for the Northeast region. He received both his BS and MBA from NYU.
BUILDING EMPOWERMENT THROUGH HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING
Holidays are a time when communities naturally come together. If education about issues and conversations about points of view are part of the mix, you end up with holiday celebrations that empower individuals and communities as well. With support from Con Edison, TPH is helping the community celebrate four holidays this year with free screenings of important, relevant films. For instance, TPH screened Hidden Figures, a story of brilliant African American mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of NASA’s most historic operations, for the Amani Public Charter School in celebration of International Women’s Day. For Earth Day, TPH and EcoPel — the Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams — screened the documentary A Plastic Ocean. Nearly 200 people attended the screening of this thought—provoking film, learning about global issues and local environmental efforts. The Picture House is extremely grateful for Con Edison’s continued support. Not only do they enable us to program effectively for our varied audiences, but Jane Solnick and Patricia Mulqueen of Con Edison Community Affairs give such thoughtful attention to the grant process and share such significant insights along the way, that we end up stronger as an organization as well. Thank you, Jane, Patricia, and Con Edison! 0
THE PICTURE HOUSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS James Palmisciano, Chair Ellen Chandler, Vice Chair Tracie Cohen, Secretary Brian Eccleston, Treasurer Lisa Ahmad
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Peter J. Madonia
A PROGRAMMER’S PERSPECTIVE: SUMMER ON SCREEN Clayton Bushong, Director of Programming, Marketing, and Theater Operations You’ve been Director of Programming at The Picture House (TPH) for six years. Have you seen the role TPH plays in Westchester evolve in that time? Since joining The Picture House, I’ve been interested in partnering with local non-profits, schools, and other organizations to use film to educate and build awareness for important social issues. Over the years we’ve developed strong partnerships and one of our trademarks as a film center has become our film events – movies and discussions — that we co-host with other organizations. Just recently we screened Life, Animated with Deveraux, Hidden Figures
with the Junior League of Pelham, and People Say I’m Crazy with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This time of year is famous for Blockbuster-type movies. What’s your philosophy when it comes to programming for TPH during these months? With all the activities kids have these days during the school year, there doesn’t seem to be enough time for families to get out to the movies together as much as they might like. The summer months are not typically the strongest for the less mainstream films I seek out the rest of
HealthCor Helps Black History Month Come Alive at School 17 In our last issue, we told you about the Voice & Vision program for the 6th grade at School 17 in Yonkers — a school struggling to provide arts opportunities to their students, despite having no arts funding. We’re delighted to report that healthcare investment advisor HealthCor stepped up with support for the 5th grade — all 70 students — for a Black History Month film project. In February, the three 5th grade classes chose 3 prominent African Americans — Ruby Bridges, Harriet Tubman, and Thurgood Marshall — the subjects of student developed biographical films. Students started with a short biography and from there created scenarios, picked music, and performed voiceovers to create their final film. In addition to learning about history through the lens of a camera, students were challenged to focus, work together, and manage their time well. The end result? A creative expression on film that the students can revisit and be proud of for years to come. Thank you, Mary Lynn Murphy and HealthCor for making this possible! To see the films visit www.thepicturehouse. org/education.
Messiah Wright as Harriet Tubman in the 6th grade’s film at Yonkers School 17
SELECTED SHORTS The Picture House Winter Party, MARQUEE NIGHT, was a huge success thanks to a phenomenal committee led by Louise Middleton and Melina Vourlekis, and our sponsors: lead sponsor Owen Berkowitz & Carol Marrone of The Berkowitz/Marrone Team at Douglas Elliman, Meridian Risk Management/Joan Solimine Real Estate and Benchmark Education. Amy Paulin, Barbara Bratone, James Maisano
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and County Legislator James Maisano were on hand to present honoree Barbara Bratone with proclamation in addition to her Harold Lloyd Commitment to Community Award. Above, right: Bill and Jeannine Foxx, Annie and Joe Solimine Right: The Berkowitz/Marrone Team at Douglas Elliman
the year, so I take this time to book the blockbusters and kids’ movies that I would usually pass on. I try to balance that with all sorts of interesting films in the Screening Room. In addition to planning the films TPH shows, you’re responsible for the general operations of the theater. What is the biggest challenge about this aspect of your role? We’re a small staff here so balancing my time between scheduling great programming with the day-to-day needs can be challenging. Our theater was built in 1921 and along with that history comes some real upkeep. We recently replaced the neon lights on the marquee and this summer we’re scheduled to replace our roof. When I’m not thinking about what we’re going to show next, I’m thinking about ways to make sure our customers have the best experience possible. What’s coming up that especially excites you? The Westchester International Children’s Film Festival is something I always look forward to programming. It attracts a diverse group of kids and families from all over the County who get to see more than just an average animated movie. This year we’ll have Nelly’s Adventure out of Germany and some really interesting Middle Eastern films, plus free hands-on workshops for kids from September 1-5. It’s a great time for families at the end of summer vacation to have some fun as they gear up for school. 0
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS Claire, Allen, Membership Director May is membership month at TPH — which means we have even more special treats for members than we do the rest of the year. This year, we’ll close out membership month with a party for new members at a lovely Pelham home…you still have a few more days to join! The Picture House membership program launched in 2011 and has been growing strong ever since — in fact membership has risen over 40% in the last three years. Forty-three percent of our members come from outside of Pelham — a critical data point for a regional film center and for an organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging diverse audiences throughout Westchester.
It’s an economic necessity as well. To keep varied and significant programming in our classrooms and on our screens 364 days a year, a broad membership base is critical. (Earned revenue from ticket sales and popcorn covers about half of our costs — the balance is covered by member and donor support.)
Our members love movies and sharing the film-going experience in a unique community setting, vastly different from the ordinary multiplex experience. lies enjoy the discounts on camps, education programs, and the Westchester International Children Film Festival; seniors enjoy our free Tuesday seniors matinees; and members of all ages enjoy early access to sold out events like The Picture House Fim Club with Marshall Fine and Picnic in the Park. People always ask me — “Why should I become a member? I buy my tickets and come to special events — isn’t that enough?” My response: membership is not only an opportunity to come together to watch and discuss inspiring films; it’s also a way to support an iconic experience, a historic theater, and support the cultural and economic life of our community. If you are interested in giving Picture House membership a try, join us — and we’ll see you at the new member party on May 31st! General Membership levels start at $50 while our Leadership Circle (membership + philanthropy+ more benefits) starts at $500. Visit (www.thepicturehouse.org), stop in at the Box Office, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 0
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SHOWCASE May 20 NEW MEMBERS PARTY May 31 ADVANCE SCREENING OF MAUDIE WITH DIRECTOR AISLING WALSH
June 5 SUMMER CAMPS August 14 – September 1 WESTCHESTER INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
September 1 - 5 6TH ANNUAL PICNIC IN THE PARK September 16 FALL FILM CLUB October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8 FALL STUDENT SHOWCASE October 14 TEEN IMPROV PERFORMANCES First Saturday of the month October through May WIZARD OF OZ FILM FESTIVAL WITH PELHAM READS
November 5 NUTCRACKER MAGICAL MATINEE December 10
Our members love movies and sharing the film-going experience in a unique community setting, vastly different from the ordinary multiplex experience. Those with young fami-
Ramsey McGrory, Co-chair Louise Middleton, Ann Sorice, Courtney McGrory
ON THE CALENDAR
2018 WINTER PARTY March 2 The Picture House has multiple screenings of at least two films per week, each week of the year. Films change on Friday. Email info@ thepicturehouse.org to be added to our email list so you never miss what’s coming up next!
The winners of the 2017 FUTURE FILMMAKER’S FILM FESTIVAL, sponsored
by TPH and The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation; Students from our Film Education programs on the red carpet for the 2017 Spring STUDENT SHOWCASE
Jess Ravitch, Co-chair Melina Vourlekis
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BEHIND THE SCREENS This issue of The Big Picture reveals the true driving forces behind the screens at The Picture House. From HealthCor and Con Edison’s phenomenal support of our programming to loyal supporters dancing the night away at Marquee Night to our engaged and marvelously effective Board —The Picture House runs on the energy of our large and growing community. And at the heart of that community are our members. Yes, they enjoy great benefits — but they deserve them! They are always there for us, not just by buying tickets but by their annual philanthropic support of the organization. Maintaining our historic theater, providing access to the arts for those who can’t afford
it, delivering programming for the incredibly varied communities of Westchester — these are not inexpensive things. We can’t say thank you enough. So, to our corporate and foundation supporters, our donors and members, and to the rest of you who — I’m sure! — will become members during the May Membership campaign, thank you! We absolutely couldn’t do it without you. See you at the movies!
Laura deBuys President and Executive Director The Picture House Regional Film Center
Our mission is to create a shared community experience for diverse audiences through film, education programing, and unique cultural offerings. Our historically preserved and restored theatre offers a unique gathering place dedicated to entertaining, enriching, and inspiring a sense of wonder for all ages. Visit www.thepicturehouse.org to find various ways you can support your local, non-profit theater today.
Something for everyone at TPH! 175 Wolfs Lane Pelham, New York THE PICTURE HOUSE
NOVEMBER 5TH, 9AM-12PM
OZ ON FILM GRADES K-2 & GRADES 3-5
Call 914-738-3161 or email Education@ThePictureHouse.org for more information
film festival at the Picture House
SEPTEMBER 1-5, 2017 Follow the yellow brick road to the red carpet this summer to bring the Wizard of Oz to life on screen. In celebration of the Pelham Public Library’s “Pelham Reads” program, The Picture House will provide students with the opportunity to star in their own version of this timeless classic. Children in grades 3-5 will take on the leading roles, while kids in grades K-2 will fill out the supporting cast. These groups will work separately and together to prepare selected scenes throughout the week. The camp culminates with a full camp day on set, as cinematographers capture the student’s work on film. The finished film will receive its red carpet debut on November 3rd as part of the Pelham Reads the Wizard of Oz Film Festival on the big screen at The Picture House.
Save the dates for Picnic and the WICFF. Register now for August camps in Documentary Filmmaking (HS), OZ On Film (K-2 & 3-5) and Green Screen Adventures (MS).