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6th Annual Art House Convergence To Take Place January 14-17, 2013

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by Sydney Levine
November 29, 2012 9:30 AM
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Presenters to include David Bordwell, Ira Deutchman, Ava DuVernay, Crispin Hellion Glover, and Tim League

The 6th annual Art House Convergence, the only yearly meeting of independent art house movie theater owners and operators in the US and Canada will be held January 14-17, 2013 in Midway, Utah. Presented in cooperation with Sundance Institute, this annual conference features inspirational speakers, informative sessions and enlightening panel discussions by industry leaders. University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor and author David Bordwell and Emerging Pictures Managing Partner Ira Deutchman will be among the keynote speakers at this event, while filmmaker/marketer/distributor Ava DuVernay, renegade auteur Crispin Hellion Glover, and Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO Tim League will be among the many participating in Convergence presentations.

Since it originated in 2008, the Art House Convergence has doubled in size each year and has evolved into a leading national resource for the support of independent film and the promotion of film culture in local communities. Past keynote speakers have included Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper; film producer Ted Hope; and filmmaker Michael Moore. In 2012, over three hundred people gathered from thirty-six states, Washington, D.C. and Toronto.

This year, over twenty sessions and panel discussions will cover a wide range of topics including increasing and engaging audiences through film education, new media marketing, digital cinema, fundraising, programming, and financial management.

Highlights include:

  • Midnight Movies: Innovative Ways to Attract Audiences
  • Managing with Metrics: Lessons from Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse
  • Race & Diversity in the Art House, with Ava DuVernay and other panelists
  • Digital Cinema Update: Surviving the Transition & Avoiding the Traps
  • A performance by renegade auteur Crispin Hellion Glover
  • Driving Marketing for Films Without Major Studio Backing
  • The Non-Profit Art House: The Modern Sustainable Model
  • Case Study: Fund Raising and Installing Digital Cinema at the County Theatre
  • Repertory Film Programming: Good Old Films, Great New Audiences
  • Increasing Leadership Resilience and Minimizing Burnout, with Dewey Schott 
  • The Digital Art House: Lessons and Experiences From Europe


““O Wonder! How many goodly creatures are there [at the Convergence]! How beauteous [humanity] is! O brave new world that has such people in’t.” I think if Shakespeare had written about the Art House Convergence, he would have written this!” says Convergence Director, Russ Collins; “Silly metaphors aside, Art House cinema operators are truly the goodly creatures of cinema exhibition. In cities both large and small, they daily present the brave new creations of cinema artists from around the globe for the benefit and wonder of their communities. Annually, these Art Houses operators gather in Utah, in January, just before the start of the Sundance Film Festival to learn, share, commiserate and be inspired at this acclaimed conference. We look forward to all of our colleagues from specialty film theaters across North America joining us January 14-17 at the 2013 Art House Convergence.”

For Art House Convergence program and registration details, visit www.arthouseconvergence.org Hi-res images available upon request.

Interview Suggestions:

Russ Collins
Chair, Art House Convergence; Executive Director, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
734-646-0528 or russ@arthouseconvergence.org

Casey De La Rosa
Sundance Film Festival Media Contact
Requests through: 310-360-1981, casey_delarosa@sundance.org

Gary Meyer
Co-Director, Telluride Film Festival; Co-Founder, Landmark Theaters 510-665-9494 or garytff@gmail.com

About the Sundance Institute Art House Project & Art House Convergence

In 2005, the Sundance Institute Art House Project was created to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Sundance Institute by honoring Art House theatres. Twelve representative art house theatres from around the country were designated as Sundance Institute Art House Project theatres. Representatives from each theatre were invited to attend the festival to gain further insight into the scope and scale of independent cinema worldwide. The group realized the benefits of an ongoing dialogue within the art house community and in 2008 presented the first Art House Convergence, an industry educational program designed to empower and inform independent cinemas nationwide. The growth of the Art House Convergence and its development of research, surveys and year round communication among art house theaters affirm that the organization has evolved into a leading national resource for the support of independent film and the promotion of film culture in local communities.

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