A Guide to Programming at The Avon
The Avon connects audiences with over 70 special screenings and events throughout the year, some of which include recurring series, as described below. More in-depth information about each upcoming program, including dates and times, can be found in the pages of our marketing booklet and the special events section of our website. Click here to go back to Special Events.
A monthly series featuring acclaimed films that cover a wide range of topics, our Documentary Night brings in filmmakers and authorities on subject matter about which the presented selection is based for post-film Q&As. It is also a collaborative vehicle for the Avon to partner with community based organi- zations to tie together themes from certain movies with local interests.
A monthly series showcasing a cross section of contemporary and classic French films, including some restored presentations of the latter, our French Cinematheque series provides viewers with an opportunity to see films that might otherwise not make it to the community. Guest speakers enhance the presentation on select evenings. This program is co-presented by our friends at the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich.
Some movies will always remain indelible to an incredibly passionate, dedicated fan base and the Avon has been bring- ing those movies back to the big screen at least once a month since we opened our doors. Join your fellow devotees or introduce somebody new to your favorite cult film by seeing it on the big screen as these films are meant to be seen... including our famous annual celebrations of THE BIG LEBOWSKI and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
FREE FTMA Talk Back Series
This relatively new series to our programming slate has been made possible by the inception of Sacred Heart University’s Film & Television Master’s Program, which has brought two dynamic professors to our community. Professors Justin Liberman and Damon Maulucci curate this bi-monthly, season- al series by choosing two movies of a similar theme, genre or director each month, and then presenting the films in a con- textualized setting with an introduction and post-film discussion. It is a wonderful opportunity to participate in your own personal “film school class”... only this one is entirely FREE to every member of the community!
FREE Members-only Sneak Previews
One of the great perks and benefits of being a member at the Avon is getting an opportunity to be the first to see a film before it is released... for free! While this offering is usually limited to only 3-4 times a year, by becoming a member today you will be eligible to attend whatever our next sneak preview will be. You might wind up being part of that first audience in Connecticut to experience seeing a significant film, such as those who joined us in the fall of 2015 for SPOTLIGHT, which went on to become this year’s Academy Award Winner for Best Picture!
Discover Indian Cinema
India is the largest film producing country in the world and the second oldest film industry, dating back a century. The Avon will celebrate that history by partnering this year with the India Cultural Center of Greenwich to bring you three curated selections of recent Indian releases, so that all audiences can share in seeing Indian-produced movies that are otherwise not being made available in Stamford. Each presentation will be hosted by an expert on Indian cinema who will lead a pre- and post-film discussion about the selection.
Religious Hope from the Movies
This summer the Avon will present three luminous movies that present God in ways that engage the stresses of life with humor, passion and serenity. Hosted and curated by Reverend Paul Zahl, an Episcopal Priest and film aficionado who has been bringing contextualized film series to different communities for many years now, this non-denominational program is meant to appeal equally to all viewers, religious or non-religious, who find and interest in uncovering and discussing the deeper meaning that emerge from the experience of watching cinema.