The Tower Theatre Foundation brings three of writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s movies back to the big screen for an irreverent, mid-winter film festival. On successive Friday nights, enjoy the informal elegance of Bend’s historic theatre with dark comedies, quirky characters and, of course, White Russians. All films start at 8pm. The line-up is:
FARGO (1996, rated R)
Friday, January 11
A dark, homespun murder-comedy is triggered when an embezzling car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two henchmen to kidnap his wife for ransom, only to be foiled by a tenacious Minnesota police chief (Frances McDormand). Winner, 1997 Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress.
BURN AFTER READING (2008, rated R)
Friday, January 18
The Coen’s version of a Jason Bourne spy thriller without the explosions. Intelligence is relative when a disk of meandering memoirs from a CIA analyst (John Malkovich) ends up in the hands of a dim-witted gym employee (Brad Pitt) who tries selling it to the Russians.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998, rated R)
Friday, January 25
Drink White Russians and dress like The Dude, Walter, Donny, The Stranger or German nihilists. Prizes for best costumes help “tie the room together.”
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also at facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.
What: Coen Bros Film Fest
When: Fargo – Friday, January 11 – 8 pm
Burn After Reading – Friday, January 18 – 8 pm
The Big Lebowski – Friday, January 25 – 8 pm
Where: Tower Theatre – 835 NW Wall Street – Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $10 each – all three for $24
General Admission Seating
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org