Film club gifts new titles to library

Handley Regional Library will boast a much larger selection of independent films to browse after Winchester Film Club 3.0 presents the library with almost 200 titles.

Sponsors for the club’s biannual Lost Weekend film festival made it possible for the club to provide the films it has screened to the library as part of its event fundraiser. Winchester Film Club 3.0 will hold the gifting ceremony at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Film Club President Andy Gyurisin said around 90 percent of the films will be available at the Bowman Library on a special shelf for the next three to four months. The remaining films have not yet been released, and he said that the club will encourage donors to help make the gift into a continuous donation.

The films will then go into regular circulation with a special film club marker on the side and inside of the case. Those who search the library catalog online will be able to browse all of the film club donations by using a special search term.

“Our goal is that someone will just discover something new,” Gyurisin said. “They’ll see something they didn’t know anything about and they’ll give it a shot. Maybe they’ll explore more movies, maybe they’ll move on to something different.”

The film club roster now lists around 1,900 members from in and around the Winchester area, and the accessibility of club-vetted titles may bring more indie film fans out of the woodwork.

“The goal of all of this was to make independent cinema more available to the community,” he said.

Bowman Library Operations Manager Kim Bean attended the Lost Weekend IV film lineup announcement in August and said that new titles would make for a fresh addition to their heavily borrowed selection of films.

“It’ll be a really well used, well loved collection, I think,” she said.

After the presentation on Monday, the club will announce the list of Lost Weekend IV Award winners, to go up later on the club’s Internet Movie Database page. The list of winners from the previous event can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/optn7m7.

The club will then hold a special screening of “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” for the marathon film lovers and sponsors present at the ceremony.

Gyurisin projected that the next Lost Weekend will fall around the end of February, with a selection of films they couldn’t get in for the September event. Although all 140 weekend passes to Lost Weekend IV sold out within hours of availability, he said audience access to films via a waiting list and single screenings worked out fairly well at the late September event.

“Steve Nerangis (Alamo’s Executive Director) and I are talking about making it a bigger opportunity for those that want to get in,” he said. “I think for next time we’ll just sort of try to make people more aware.”

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com