Update from the Davidson Film Club
Dear Davidson Film Club Members and Friends,
Well, here we are into the New Year and still not able to return to our in-person screenings in the Armour Street Theatre. As I’m sure you all know, COVID (the Omicron variant) is surging nearly everywhere, with record numbers of new infections (over 1 million in the country yesterday, more than double the previous weekly average!), including here in the Charlottte-Mecklenburg area, where the positivity rate is at an unbelievable 27%. Colleges and universities are going virtual again, at least for part of January. Unfortunately, the surge does not appear to have peaked yet, and no one knows for sure when it will.
Although Omicron does not appear to be as severe as Delta, with fewer people becoming seriously ill from it, the film club board is not willing to put the health of our members and friends at risk by returning to the theater while COVID is still raging. As a result, we will remain virtual, with our discussions continuing on Zoom, on a month-by-month basis, until we feel sure that our audience will be comfortable and safe again in the theater setting.
Our first film in the new series (Jan.-June 2022) will be the Polish masterpiece Cold War, scheduled for discussion on Zoom on Jan. 22, and we have a stellar line-up of critically acclaimed international films in the following months, including Billy Elliot (UK), Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness (Iran), Phoenix (Germany), Away from Her (Canada), and Another Round (Denmark).
A quick heads-up re Cold War. The film is available by mail from Netflix if you are a subscriber to that service, but it can only be streamed on (Amazon) Prime Video and only to subscribers (included in the subscription). The good news is that Prime Video offers a free 30-day trial period, so you can subscribe ($8.99/month), then either keep the subscription, if you like it, or cancel your subscription before the end of the free trial. In the latter case, you can watch Cold War with no charge. I’ll be providing more background information on this film closer to the Jan. 22 date, but you should know that it was nominated for 3 Oscars (104 nominations in all) and won 35 prizes at international film festivals around the world. It is well worth going to a little extra trouble!
Cold War may be obtained from Netflix by mail (subscribers) or streamed on Amazon Prime Video (subscribers also). Prime Video offers a 30-day free trial, so Cold War may be watched on Prime Video and the subscription kept, if you so desire, or cancelled before the end of the free trial period:
To join the discussion on Zoom, click on the link below:
Meeting ID: 827 8835 0453
The film club is still not asking our members to renew their memberships and pay any fees for our virtual program. Your current memberships are still valid.
Voilà—our update on the film club going forward. We hope to reunite with many of you virtually on Jan. 22 to bring in the New Year together cinematically!
President, Davidson Film Club