As schools are facing possible cuts in funding for the arts, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (The Ross) is ensuring that University of NE-Lincoln college students and Lincoln Public School Arts and Humanities students experience the art of filmmaking first hand.
When The Ross brings in visiting directors and producers for movie talks, their expertise is shared with the kids. Depending on the theme of the film, Danny Ladely, The Ross’s director, contacts relevant department heads at UNL and the LPS Arts and Humanities teachers to arrange private discussions with the students during class. Students love the opportunity to meet with these topic experts to discuss issues highlighted in the movies, learn about what inspired the movie, and understand the movie’s production process. It’s a win-win for Lincoln. Audience members get to watch acclaimed independent and foreign movies and the youth of Lincoln get to learn. The Ross also holds a student movie night once a month. By showing their student ID, they get one-dollar admission, one-dollar popcorn, and one-dollar soda. Moreover, students enrolled in UNL, Nebraska Wesleyan, and Union College are admitted to daily screenings for $5.
The Friends of the Ross members provide funding to bring in visiting directors and producers, via the Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase. A portion of each Ross membership is allocated to this add-on. In addition to ensuring the continuation of this valuable teaching program, Ross members also receive free tickets, discounted prices on all movies, free popcorn and invitations to special members-only events and parties. Memberships can be purchased online at www.theross.org. Forms are also available in The Ross lobby.
In March the Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents Director Melinda Janko. She will appear for a Q&A with the audience following the opening night screening of her film 100 YEARS at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.
The Mary Riepma Ross Theater shows innovative independent work including non-narrative, experimental films and video, classic American cinema, documentaries which examine a wide variety of issues of concern, and contemporary foreign cinema. Programming also includes special offerings like the MET Opera Live in HD and the London National Theatre Live, which increases the Ross’s educational and cultural reach into the community at large. The Ross regularly brings in visiting media artists, directors, producers and scholars to share their inspiration and stories with the audience. For current and upcoming show times, and to learn more about the mission of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, visit www.theross.org. The Ross is located on the UNL main campus at 313 North 13th Street, Lincoln, NE.