From Richard: I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came together to make Setting the Stage for the Digital Age at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia such a big hit on Saturday night. The bravoFACT short films Sex! With Hit Robots and Ticondergoa went over big and you could hear a pin drop while The Disappeared: The Film screened. We did a lively Q&A with The Disappeared producer Walter Forsyth, cinematographer Christopher Porter and actors Brain Downey and Neil Matheson, gave away prizes (including a Spider-Man prize pack to my old gym teacher Owen Hamlin) and closed out the evening with the wildly entertaining David Myles.
I was thrilled we had a full house, and even more excited when, at the end of a very long evening, the place was still full and people were enjoying themselves.
The Astor is a gem, and I was thrilled to be a part of it’s relaunch.
Richard will be in Liverpool, Nova Scotia to host the 112 year-old Astor Theatre’s celebration of its new digital projector, for an evening titled Setting the Stage for the Digital Age.
He grew up just a few minutes walk from the theatre, and has fond memories of taking in matinees, sneaking out of the house to see movies during the week and being in the theatre practically every weekend.
Watch Richard’s interview with CTV’s Morning Live host Heidi Petracek HERE!
Over the past year, the Astor Theatre undertook a large project…convert our movie projector to a digital system so we can continue to bring movies to Liverpool. It was a large project with a large price tag but with the communities support, as well as the Province of NS and the Department of Canadian Heritage we were successful! Now it is time to throw a party…and invite everyone to attend!
On May 24th we are throwing the biggest movie party ever seen on the South Shore. Such a night requires a great host and we have one…CTV’s Richard Crouse. As the regular film critic for CTV’s Canada AM and the 24 hour news source CTV’s News Channel, Richard is well known across the country for his movie reviews. In Liverpool, he is also well known since he grew up here watching movies at the Astor. Richard is excited that we will be able to continue to present movies and wanted to celebrate with us.
We will be presenting the NS shot movie “The Disappeared”. The Disappeared is a visually stunning story set on the vast panorama of the Atlantic Ocean. The film centers on six men lost at sea in two dories. With no rescue in sight, they make the difficult decision to row for shorea journey of over two hundred miles. With scant supplies diminishing, they are tested beyond human endurance as their captain leads them through the fickle wind, rain, fog and darkness. Dwarfed in this unforgiving realm between sea and sky, they fight to hold on as their strength dwindles and their will shatters. Desperation overtakes hope as the men are swallowed by their aloneness, even as they are bound together by the wooden boats that hold them. To find their way home, they must first discover the courage and compassion it takes to live and the men they truly are. We are happy that several cast members will be in attendance and will do a Question and Answer session with Richard.
Finally, no evening is complete without a little music at the Astor so we have invited East Coast musician David Myles to bring his infectious music to the celebrations. Somewhere on the spectrum between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake, David Myles has truly forged his own path by embracing modern and vintage pop, folk and soul music. With extensive touring experience across Canada and internationally, Myles has earned a reputation as a great showman. His flawless musicianship and unforgettable stories have made David Myles a favourite with fans everywhere.
We hope you can join us for a great evening of cinema, of song, and of celebration!