Town of Huntington, New York, June 5
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Sometimes selecting the right film to play is just as important as creating the film itself.
That’s the motto Brett Sherris, president of Reel Entertainment, Inc., follows when putting together his ninth annual Brett Sherris’ Summer Camp Cinema Film Festival for the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.
“I started work on this year’s Summer Camp back in November of last year as there were probably 100 to 110 films to consider,” Sherris, 53, of Northport, said. “I didn’t want to base [Summer Camp] upon what other people thought. In order to get a sense of something, you really have to watch it – you can’t just go by the book; you have to put the time in.”
Sherris’ effort to, as he said, “give back to the community,” has resulted in 24 films that will be shown in pairs every Saturday at 10:30 p.m. during the summer though Aug. 16. General double feature admission is $13, with a season pass available for $150. Both prices can be discounted with a Cinema Arts Centre membership.
The festival kicked off on Saturday with a double-feature of “Mean Streets,” directed by Martin Scorsese, and “Reservoir Dogs,” directed by Quentin Tarantino.
This year’s schedule consists of films from “directors who have gotten us to where we are today,” Sherris said. “You’ll see material from Howard Hawks all the way up to Christopher Nolan.”
With Summer Camps of previous years consisting of films with campier tones, Sherris said he was a bit nervous to see how this year’s festival would debut.
“Whenever you shift paradigms like this on a program you start to wonder how it’s going to turn out,” Sherris said earlier this week. “But Saturday was wonderful… The two films showed wonderfully together.”
To top off the festival, on Aug. 23, Sherris and the Cinema Arts Centre will run the “All Night Pay-To-Get-Out Horror Marathon,” which runs from 11 p.m. to around 10 a.m. the next morning. Those who make it all the way through the night will receive $10 back from their original $35 ticket purchase ($25 for Cinema Arts Centre members) in exchange for their ticket stub.
“I’m literally just trying to put in the best bang for the buck,” Sherris said of the horror marathon. “People bring blankets and pillows – they see some of the movies and sleep through the others.”
Film Festival Schedule
M*A*S*H (1970; directed by Robert Altman)
Salvador (1986; directed by Oliver Stone)
The Sugarland Express (1974; directed by Steven Spielberg)
Badlands (1973; directed by Terrence Malick)
Blood Simple (1984; directed by the Coen brothers)
The Maltese Falcon (1941; directed by John Huston)
Se7en (1995; directed by David Fincher)
Memento (2000; directed by Christopher Nolan)
The Graduate (1967; directed by Mike Nichols)
Harold & Maude (1971; directed by Hal Ashby)
The 39 Steps (1935; directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
Double Indemnity (1944; directed by Billy Wilder)
Twentieth Century (1934; directed by Howard Hawks)
The Great McGinty (1940; directed by Preston Sturges)
Paths of Glory (1957; directed by Stanley Kubrick)
The Conversation (1974; directed by Francis Ford Coppola)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; directed by Elia Kazan)
12 Angry Men (1957; directed by Sidney Lumet)
Boogie Nights (1997; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)
Do the Right Thing (1989; directed by Spike Lee)
Unforgiven (1992; directed by Clint Eastwood)
The Wild Bunch (1969; directed by Sam Peckinpah)
Originally published: Long Islander News (Thursday, June 5, 2014)