The Shenandoah Film Collaborative will start a new annual outdoor film program on Saturday.

The program, called the Summer Sunset Series, is part of the film collaborative’s seasonal film series program, which aims to show independent and well-known films in the Shenandoah Valley. This will lead up to the second Strasburg Film Festival in November, which benefits the Shenandoah County School Division’s theater programs.

“Being outdoors makes sense,” said Shenandoah Film Collaborative Director Daniel Feldbusch. “It allows people to enjoy the outdoors and the various new shops and restaurants in the area, and then come to the new community park in town and watch a well-known film.”

Feldbusch said the new film series is possible due to a $1,000 grant from the Shenandoah Community Foundation, as well as other local financial support from residents and organizations from throughout the area.

“We’ve seen such a huge uptick in community support in our second year of existence,” he said. “Because of this, we will be able to triple our programming from last year to those we serve. We try our best to wisely invest our funding right back into the community and this outdoor film series is just one example of it.”

Feldbusch said the Strasburg Film Festival had 89 attendees in its first year, which was less than expected.

“We kind of expected a smaller turnout this first year, knowing that this is a new type of event to the area and it will take some time for us to continue to grow,” he said.

Feldbusch said the film collaborative will continue to use Strasburg as an incubator in measuring the success of showing well-known classic films, independent films and modern films that have made an impact on the cinema community.

“If this Summer Sunset Series plays a positive impact to the Strasburg area, we will work with other area communities to secure funding and volunteers to bring outdoor programming to their area,” Feldbusch said. “Films can bring communities together, and when a community works as one, everyone wins.”

The Summer Sunset Series will be held at Strasburg Square, with all films starting at 8:45 pm.

Admission for the films will be free. If bad weather is in the forecast for a scheduled film, that film will be postponed to a later date.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com