Second annual Art House Theater Day set for Sept. 24

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The Art House Convergence, an international organization of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theatres, announced the second annual Art House Theater Day, taking place on Sunday, Sept. 24. Over 150 theatres will be offering special film programs in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theatres promote.

Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theatres as advocates for cinematic arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art-house theatres remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with creative filmmaking.

"For Art House Theater Day's second year, we are excited to expand on programs offered that highlight the diversity of experiences that art houses bring to their communities," says project co-director Gabriel Chicoine. "Among these, we have the 50th anniversary of Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies, one of the first documentaries to demonstrate the power of film to inspire social change. Wiseman's film drew the world's attention to the inhumane practices of state mental institutions, and despite censorships and bans, brought about much-needed improvements and regulations. Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of art houses as the trusted champions of important, world-changing films like this."

"I am very grateful to art-house cinemas for showing my movies. They are made to be seen on a big screen and without their support and interest this would not have been possible," stated Wiseman, a recent honorary Academy Awardrecipient. The 50th anniversary edition of Titicut Follies will be a newly restored 4K version. The documentary will also be accompanied by a special taped conversation with Wiseman and filmmaker Wes Anderson featuring never-before-seen news trial footage of Wiseman testifying before the Massachusetts State Legislative committee investigating who was responsible for granting permission to make the film.  

Participating Art House Theater Day cinemas will also be able to exclusively screen The Road Movie from Russian director Dmitrii Kalashnikov and Oscilloscope Laboratories, a mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography and some of the craziest things you've ever seen, compiled from video footage shot exclusively via dashboard cameras in Russian automobiles. And presented by African Film Festival Travelling Series, Martha & Nicki follows two Swedish girls of African descent as they take the international street-dancing world by storm and will be preceded by the short film "The Sense of Touch."

Art House Theater Day has also partnered with Magnolia Pictures to bring special advance screenings of acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, Lucky The film follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town.

Art House Theater Day is made possible in part by marquee sponsor Amazon Studios. Additional partnerships, exclusive programming and events for Art House Theater Day are yet to be announced. To see the complete list of participating theatres and for more information, visit