CATF at the Movies is a new program of the Contemporary American Theater Festival that screens a Friday matinee film each week of the 2013 season. Each movie has been selected because of its relevance to one of seasons plays and will include a brief introduction putting it in context. All screenings are $10 and held at the Shepherdstown Opera House (131 W. German Street). Advance tickets available for purchase by calling the CATF box office at 304/876-3473 or online at www.catf.org/boxoffice
Friday, July 5 at 2:30 p.m.: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964; PG)
In this satirical film written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, an insane general starts a process of nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. With Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. Chosen because of its inspiration for Jon Kerns CATF play Modern Terrorism, Or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them.
Friday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m.: East of Eden (1955; PG)
James Dean stars in this Elia Kazan-directed movie set in Salinas Valley in and around World War I and based on the novel by John Steinbeck. Sam Shepards play Heartless makes several references to the movie and a particular drive-in showing in particular.
Friday, July 19 at 2:30 p.m.: The Great Gatsby (1974; PG)
Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of the Fitzgerald novel, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Related to the CATF commissioned play Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah by Mark St. Germain.
Friday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m.: The Crucible (1996; PG-13)
Based on the Arthur Miller play, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder star in this film about accusations of witchcraft. Liz Duffy Adamss play A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World is set 10 years after the Salem witchtrials presented in the film and explores what has happened since to two of its main characters, Abigail Williams and Mercy Lewis.