Genesee Center for the Arts Sponsor Free Outdoor Summer Film Series Beginning July 7

Genesee Community College is hosting the Hilltop Summer Film Series, a selection of films to be shown outside on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College. The film series begins on Thursday, July 7th at 9:00 p.m. and continues every Thursday through August 25th. Films will be projected onto a large, mobile screen on the south lawn directly outside the Conable Technology Center. There will be no charge for admission.

Several community groups and businesses are sponsoring the films. "In fact, the films were chosen for their sponsorship potential," Patty Hawley, Audience Services Manager for the Stuart Steiner Theatre said. "For instance, Oliver's Candies is sponsoring the film 'Chocolat'. Representatives from the store will be selling items with a 'chocolate theme' at the screening."

Each film begins at 9:00 p.m. and will be shown on the south lawn - directly outside the Conable Technology Center. In case of inclement weather, they will be shown in the William Stuart Forum. There is no charge for the film series. "This is great chance to grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the summer weather, while we have it." Hawley said. "We hope that everyone will come out, support our sponsors, and enjoy the movie and refreshments."

The series begins on July 7th when the Batavia High School Cheerleaders sponsor "Bring it On" and continues every Thursday through August 25. Each film is free and open to the public. Other films in the series include: "Donnie Darko" sponsored by Main Street Coffee on July 14, The Rotary Club will sponsor "The Natural," which was partially filmed in Western New York, on July 21 and "American Graffiti" on July 28. Oliver's Candies sponsors "Chocolat" on August 4. "Mystic Pizza" will be hosted by Matty's Pizza on August 11. A special showing of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" is scheduled for August 18 as part of an "I Scream" special sponsored by Abbott's Custard. The series ends with "Animal House" on August 25, sponsored by Student Activities at Genesee to coincide with the start of the fall semester.

Organizers of the event hope that the summer film series will serve as an introduction to "Winterfest," an independent film festival being planned for February 2006. "Winterfest will feature independent films from all over the country, although we also hope to highlight the vast wealth of talent we have locally," Hawley added. A chili cook-off and wine tasting is also being planned for the February festival.

Kristie Miller, co-chair of the Hilltop Film Series and Winterfest is "excited to bring these events to Genesee County. We are ripe for this kind of merge of the arts and the community. Come enjoy some films, good food and friends!"

For more information on the Hilltop Summer Film Series, or to receive an independent film submission form for the Winterfest call the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814.