Thank you to everyone who supported us at Sunday’s event!

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The Avalon is 90! The Avalon is 10! Join us for a double anniversary celebration as we
mark the 90th anniversary of the Avalon’s 1923 opening and the 10th anniversary
of our 2003 re-opening as the nonprofit Avalon Theatre Project.


About the Special Guests:

Ann Hornaday: After working at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, Ann Hornaday became a freelance writer in New York City, where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section and other publications. In 1995 she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at the Baltimore Sun. She began working at the Washington Post in 2002. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008.

Sean and Andrea Nix Fine: Sean and Andrea Nix Fine are Academy Award-winning directors and three-time Emmy award winners. They have worked in over thirty countries to bring unknown human stories to the screen. The Fines’ film Inocente won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Currently the Fines are directing Life According to Sam for HBO, a documentary feature chronicling a mother’s race against time to save her only son from an extremely rare and fatal disease that rapidly ages children.

Ed Arentz: Ed Arentz is co-founder and managing director of Music Box Films, one of the leading US distributors of foreign language films since its inception in 2008 with the release of Tell No One. Music Box is perhaps best known for the 2010 release of the trilogy of Swedish-language films based on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels. Prior to Music Box, he was head of theatrical distribution at Palm Pictures and from 2000 to 2005 he ran Empire Pictures. Since 1993, he has booked the venerable Manhattan art house, Cinema Village and over the years, has overseen the US release of over 50 feature films.

About SIDE BY SIDE:

Join producer Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. An all-star cast of Hollywood masters — including James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more — provide their point of view on what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.

Underwriters:

Janice and Kim Abraham
Lynn and Bill Choquette
Louie and Ralph Dweck
Donetta George
Lynne and Joe Horning
Jodie Levin-Epstein and Barry Zigas
Ann Pelham and Bob Cullen
Maria and Raymond Turner
Ilene Weinreich and David Smith
(as of 4/11/13)

Host Committee:

Chair: Bitsey Folger
Lois and Ed Berkowitz
Marlene Berlin
Heather Burns and Kathleen Maloy
Phyllis and Barry Caldwell
Caroline Croft
Tish Gardner
Melissa Goldman Davidson and Alan Davidson
Lynne and Joe Horning
Kitty Kelley
Aviva Kempner
Kitty Lansdale
Peggy Parsons
Vali Tschirgi and Adam
Nemzer
Beth Wehrle and Matthew Miller
Debra Yogodzinski
Juliet Zucker and Keith Laughlin
(as of 3/27/13)