The summer movie season is back in action. And big audiences are once again ready to line up for the big screen. But the Rivoli and Imperial aren’t the only theaters in town where you can purchase your admission ticket.
The Hastings Museum Lied Super Screen offers audiences stadium seating, a digital projector with 4k capabilities, and the latest in RealD 3D technology. And at 65-feet wide, it also happens to help Hastings boast the honor of being the smallest city with a large-format digital theater.
The theater was built in 1991 as an IMAX screen. Because of strict guidelines implemented by the IMAX organization, the museum switched to MegaSystems in 2001. This allowed the theater to welcome in “Hollywood-type” films. The final upgrade came in 2011 when the theater brought in a digital projector and 3-D technology.
The Lied Super Screen offers something for just about every cinema-goer. Audiences can enjoy the educational 3-D spectacles such as “Flight of the Butterflies” or “Tornado Alley in 3-D.” The theater has also been used as a second-run theater, playing popular films such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Les Miserables,” and even “Casablanca.” A six-channel digital surround sound also allows audiences to enjoy concert and orchestra films such as “Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day”.
Visit www.hastingsmuseum.org to find out what’s playing.
The Hastings College Art Center currently has two senior thesis exhibitions on display. The works of seniors Megan Lamb and Ryley Hansen went on display on April 7 and will remain in the gallery until Thursday, April 25. The two seniors used different techniques, medians and inspirations in order to create these masterpieces for their exhibitions. [Read more...]
In an industry filled with big budget action sequences, 3-D effects and an arsenal of sequels, one actress is going against the reel with her jump back into cinema. Grace Johnston was a child star who appeared in over 35 nationally syndicated commercials, guest-starred on shows such as The Cosby Show and Ghostwriter and acted in film alongside Bette Midler in the Academy-Award nominated film “Beaches.” She was even nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role in Notes for My Daughter.
Instead of following in the footsteps of peers such as Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst, Johnston decided to leave the business and try life as a normal child.
“I didn’t want to experience all the firsts with the coming of age stories in front of everyone else,” Johnston said.
Call it fate, or “God’s will,” as Johnston sees it, but nearly two decades later, she’s being called back to acting. And during this resurgence back to the big screen, Johnston has found herself taking on a film that’s more than just escapist entertainment.
Camp tells the story of Eli and Ken. Eli is a 10-year-old suffering from abuse and neglect at the hands of his parents. Because of this, Eli is sent to a camp for foster children. Ken is an investment advisor who’s trying to impress a client by volunteering at the camp. Over the course of the week, the two bond as Ken learns about Eli’s dark past. The film deals heavily with the psychological toll abuse takes on youth, and the ability people have to make an impact.
Johnston plays Tammie, the director of the foster camp. As an avid volunteer for the “Make a Wish” foundation, Johnston was instantly drawn to the film.
“This is the type of role that I live for and the type of project that can actually make a difference,” Johnston said. “It’ll make you laugh; it’ll make you cry and it will also enlighten and educate you.”
Camp is based on the true accounts that director/writer/producer Jacob Roebuck experienced while volunteering at Royal Family Kids Camp, an actual foster camp similar to the one portrayed in the film. Roebuck has even promised to donate 40 percent of ticket sales to this camp. Johnston hopes that the film’s charitable vow on top of the powerful message will inspire audiences to take action in helping abused and neglected children.
“This can change their whole direction in life, just by having a positive influence,” Johnston said.
Camp is currently rolling out in limited release across the country. It opened on March 22 in Hastings and Kearney. As of now, it has ended its run in Hastings, but for those in the area wanting to catch a screening, the film opened in Fremont on April 5. To learn more about Camp, check out their website at www.thecampmovie.com.
And as for Johnston, she couldn’t be happier to back in the film business pursuing projects like Camp.
“This is what I was meant to do with my life,” Johnston said, “I’m fortunate that I’ve been allowed these opportunities.” Johnson can be seen next in the psychological thriller, The Devil’s Dozen alongside Eric Roberts, Omar Gooding and Jake Busey.
The Hastings College forensics team placed 18th overall at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament this past weekend. The Broncos competed against 77 other schools after qualifying 41 events. The team placed 16th last year, with the same number of events qualified. [Read more...]
A $500 painting called “Spondylus” by Turner McGehee, professor of art and chair of the department, is missing from the Hastings College art gallery. The painting’s absence was noticed around 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 by an on-duty gallery guard. Both McGehee and campus security believe the piece was stolen. [Read more...]
Despite a difficult job market, several current and former HC students have attempted to ply some or all of their income as small business entrepreneurs. Representing backgrounds as diverse as the liberal arts itself, and selling everything from ice cream, handmade soap and online presence solutions, these are their stories. [Read more...]
Table Talk is a series done by the News Bureau class at Hastings College. Each student produces a public affairs program about their area of interest.
The Artists’ Guild, a club of students interested in art on campus, will be holding a silent auction to raise money to attend a large art show in Chicago next fall, the 19th annual Sculpture Object and Functional Art (SOFA) Fair. The fair will have, among other exhibits, large displays of three-dimensional glass as well as presentations from successful artists. The items sold at the silent auction will be the students’ own artwork. Through the Artists’ Guild, students have the opportunity to learn to market themselves and their talents by displaying and selling their work before becoming professional artists. The guild raises money every year to bring outside artists to the campus and to hold various other activities. [Read more...]