Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport hosts first-ever film club

The RW Norton Gallery is known for providing the Shreveport community with exciting new art exhibits to explore. Now the Norton is getting into the movies with their new “Reel Adventures” movie club event on Friday, September 23.

YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Director of Marketing and Development and local filmmaker Jeffrey Goodman met with Norton Co-Director Lewis Norton at Writing on the wall: a tribute to European street art exhibition earlier this summer. During their conversation, Goodman mentioned wanting to start some sort of movie club in town, and Norton invited him to a meeting with exhibits and special events coordinator Emily Feazel.

During their brainstorming sessions, they came up with “Reel Adventures” which functions as a book club. Attendees will watch the selected film at home and head to The Norton for a discussion moderated by Goodman interspersed with questions and games.

The RW Norton Art Gallery By: Ed Stewart

Goodman was one of the pioneers of Shreveport’s film industry boom of the mid-2000s. Between 1998 and 2005, Goodman directed six short films and one feature film. Goodman is a movie buff who never went to film school and instead drew inspiration from famed director Quentin Tarantino by watching as many movies as he could. Goodman taught four different film courses at LSUS and was a featured writer for MovieMaker Magazine.

The film chosen is the 1974 mystery drama Neo-Noir Chinese district directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film follows a private detective hired to expose adultery in 1930s Los Angeles who finds himself caught up in a web of deception, corruption and murder.

Goodman selected Chinese district because “it felt like a movie that people really liked, that they had heard of but hadn’t seen or hadn’t seen in a while”. Not to mention having a star-studded cast, 11 Oscar nominations, and selected as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time by the American Film Institute.

15. Chinatown (1974) • IMDb User Rating: 8.2/10 (309,557 votes) • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93% (78,076 votes) • Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: 99% (76 reviews) • Completed by: Roman Polansky

For now, “Reel Adventures” is a standalone event, but if the community responds well, Feazel and Goodman plan to continue doing more once a quarter or maybe every two months.

“Most importantly, we want people to have fun,” Feazel said. “Long term, we hope to introduce the community to films they may not have seen before, or help people see them in a new light.”

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This event has a limited number of tickets available and these can be purchased for $20 each at Reel Adventures: Chinatown Trivia Night Page Eventbrite. While there are free refreshments like light appetizers with water, soft drinks, and a themed cocktail, this is also a BYOB event.

“Reel Adventures: Chinatown” will take place at the RW Norton Art Gallery located at 4747 Creswell Ave. at Shreveport from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Chinese district is currently available to stream on HBO Max with a subscription and available to rent for $3.99 on Amazon Prime.

Meredith G. White is an arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find it on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at mgwhite@gannett.com.

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