By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — As the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement’s Rural Arts Series movie schedule is updated, the movie showing at the Gaslight Monday has been changed, and an additional movie in which World War I veterans talk about their experiences has been added for May.
The movies are part of an arts initiative the university is providing for the city, as well as two other cities in the state.
Monday’s movie showing of “Free Solo” replaces “Amazing Grace,” which could not be shown because the format needed for the showing was not available, said Kyla Cox Deckard, director of communications for the Center for Rural Engagement.
“‘Amazing Grace’ was not yet ready for release in the digital format IU Cinema needs for these pop-up events,” she said this morning, “so a new film was selected.”
“Free Solo” is a portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock — the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park — without a rope. The 2018 film won an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Along with the showing, climbers Jamie and Jessica Tagg of Bloomington will attend screening to talk about the sport, the gear they use and their experiences with free solo climbing.
“Free Solo” will start at 7 p.m. Monday at the Gaslight Pizza and Grill, 328 E. Fourth St.
“They Shall Not Grow Old” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Huntingburg VFW, 314 N. Geiger St.
The film uses state-of-the art technology to restore original archival footage, which is more than a 100-years old. Director Peter Jackson, who also directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, lets the soldiers involved talk about the Great War as they experienced it on the front line. They share their attitudes about the conflict; how they ate, slept and formed friendships; as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.
“‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ would be of particular interest to veterans and members of the military,” Deckard said. “But its use of real historic footage is incredible and emotionally riveting for any viewer.”
The film screenings are part of the IU Center for Rural Engagement’s Rural Arts Series, which connects IU arts and humanities faculty with Huntingburg, Nashville and Salem to bring arts performances and exhibitions to those communities, such as music, dance, and theatre; museum exhibits; lectures; creative writing and initiatives to assist local arts groups with community development and capacity building.
Last year, movies about Vincent Van Gogh and Joan Jett were shown in Huntingburg. So far this year, the award-winning movie “Roma” and a movie about British Olympic skier Michael Edwards have been shown locally. A musical perfomance by the Jacobs School of Music and the Singing Hoosiers was also held at Southridge High School as part of the series.