Black history month screenings at Alamo

WINCHESTER – In honor of Black History Month, the Alamo Drafthouse in partnership with the local NAACP and Winchester Film Club are hosting a celebration to African-American cinema starting on Sunday.

Andy Gyusrin, Film Club organizer, said he wanted through cinema to highlight the missed or unseen directors and stories of American-American culture, but most importantly entertain and educate film viewers.

“Seeing great films is important,” he said. “If nothing more, it inspires.”

In its third year, the films will showcase African-American society and history through documentaries, cult classics and comedy.

“The local NAACP chapter picked films that wouldn’t of necessarily have been seen on the big screen,” Gyursin said. “It’s a fantastic selection. And, we’re all eager to see the community’s response.”

Profits from the screenings will be donated back to both the local NAACP as well as a newly developed NAACP MLK scholarship fund. The funds generated will be awarded to a needy and deserving African-American student, who graduates from high school in Winchester, or Frederick or Clarke Counties

Tickets to these events will range from $7 to $9.50.

Representatives will be at the screening for further donations or to talk about upcoming ways to be involved.

Also throughout the month of February, filmgoers who purchase a ticket to see the blockbuster “The Black Panther” will have the option to donate to a special screening of the film for local youth who “don’t necessarily have the money or the means to see the film.” The NAACP will reach out and partner with local organizations and schools to fill the movie seats.

“It’s a way to give back,” Gyusrin said.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.drafthouse.com/winchester


Black History Month schedule of films:

5 p.m. Sunday, “The Black Power Mixtape”

7 p.m. Wednesday, “Quest”

11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, “Stir Crazy”

5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, “Two Trains Runnin”

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, “Southside With You”

5 p.m. Sunday Feb. 18. “Putney Swope”

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, “Daughters of the Dust”