PROVO Imagine an outdoor movie screen showing films from around the world at the base of beautiful Bridal Veil Falls.
That's the image Open Air Cinema wants to create as it launches its first-ever Bridal Veil Film Festival on Friday.
"It's such a beautiful setting," spokesman Tim Rush said.
Based in Lindon, Open Air Cinema provides inflatable outdoor movie screens and related equipment to show movies under the stars. The company has managed such film festivals as Tribeca's Outdoor Drive-in and LA Film Festivals Outdoor Screenings, Rush said.
Proceeds from the Bridal Veil Falls festival, which will use a screen 46 feet wide and 33 feet high, go to benefit the Rwanda Cinema Center in Africa to help Rwandan filmmakers launch their careers, he said. Tickets are $8. The festival runs just on weekends from Friday to Sept. 28 near the base of the falls in a parking lot.
Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs or couches and dress warmly, although some chairs will be available, Rush said. The company recently received permission from the Utah County Commission to hold the event.
The projectionist for the festival is from a United Nations refugee camp on the border of Rwanda who came to receive training. He will return to Rwanda to put his newly-found skills to work, Rush said. Short films from the Rwanda Cinema Center will also be screened at the event.
The movies begin at 8 p.m. each night and are rated G, PG, PG-13 and R. The schedule is as follows:
• Sept. 12 - Life is Beautiful (Italy)
• Sept. 13 - Amelie (France)
• Sept. 14 - Dreams (Japan)
• Sept. 18 - Children of Heaven (Iran)
• Sept. 19 - Cinema Paradiso (Italy)
• Sept. 20 - Chariots of Fire (England)
• Sept. 21 - Grizzly Man (USA)
• Sept. 25 - Wings of Desire (Germany)
• Sept. 26 - War Dance (Uganda)
• Sept. 27 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (USA)
• Sept. 28 - City of God (Brazil)
Tickets are sold at the gate for $8 or online at www.bvfilmfest.com.
"Outdoor cinema is an ideal medium for many parts of Africa, especially for Rwanda," Corporate Executive Officer Stuart Farmer said. "The Rwanda Cinema Center showcases the talent of its brilliant filmmakers. With the inflatable screens, projectors, speakers, sound equipment and generators, everything is completely transportable. To show a film, they don't have to own the land or build a building. It can even be set up in an open field."
He became involved with outdoor cinema in Africa when he happened on a Web site for Film Aid International, which focuses on showing movies to refugees in refugee camps around the world, many of them educational.
"These people sit in refugee camps for years and don't have anything to do," he said.
The company, which he founded in 2001, donated three outdoor movie systems to Film Aid International. Other outdoor film events are held around Utah, but they are "nothing like this," he said.
"You start with a gorgeous location and it ... becomes magical," Farmer said.The company Web site is openaircinema.us. To learn more about the Bridal Veil Film Festival, visit bvfilmfest.com and for information about the Rwanda Cinema Center, visit rwandacinemacenter.org.
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