Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Local IMAX visits the home of Van Gogh for one-night only

The new IMAX film "Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" will be shown Thursday (Feb. 5) at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center. Only members can attended the screenings at 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.

You can make a reservation at (318) 424-8660, which must be done by noon Thursday.

Not a member? Sci-Port's offering a special trial membership -- at $30 a pop -- to help fill the seats. Get one by calling Judy Mitchell at (318) 424-8672.

What could be neat about this 40-minute is seeing where it was filmed. It was shot entirely on location in France and the Netherlands. (Shown here is a field at Auvers-sur-Oise.) The project is based on 900 of Van Gogh's personal letters and explores how the artist produced 700 paintings in just 10 years.

I'm now officially depressed about my productivity.

To round out the screenings, Sci-Port has invited five area artists -- Jerry Wray, Brandy Hedgecock, Zama Dexter, Mary Virginia Hill and Martha Martin -- to display their work and discuss Van Gogh's mastery. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. (The latter should help anyone cope with productivity issues.)

These member screenings are your only chance to see this film in the near future, as it will not be opening for a public run at Sci-Port anytime soon.

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