The BCT Movie Partner Program encourages the promotion of Film events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday afternoons and evenings. For only the cost of labor ($250 for the first four hours and $42 for each additional hour,) this program enables anyone with a film interest to turn Sunday into movie day at the Theater at a greatly reduced rate.
A great example of this successful cooperation is the 30th anniversary celebration of Breaking Away, held in June 2009. Organized as a benefit for Jill’s House, Maple Street Productions nearly sold out the auditorium. Partnering with other businesses and community organizations, they made it possible to donate a stunning $4000 of the proceeds after cost to the worthy charity. Besides being a remarkable moment for the Bloomington community, the screening also benefited a community organization.
Besides screenings that take a single night, festivals and series are eligible to be part of the movie partner program. Dark Carnival Film Festival, presented by Campus Costume and Clockwerk in October 2009 and the new movie series Wende Flicks, organized by the IU Department of Germanic Studies starting in early 2010, are both making use of the BCT Movie Partner Program to reach their goals of presenting a large screen movie experience to a local and campus audience.
This activity is made possible through support from the Bloomington Community Arts Commission and the City of Bloomington.