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Cinema has free films this summer

At Rodriguez Annex of library

   By Melanie Lightbody
   Library Director
   The Jefferson County Library Community Film Center will launch its Summer Film Series on Friday, July 18th with the Irish comedy, Waking Ned Devine. Admission is free during the summer series.
   Join your friends at the library's Rodriquez Annex when the doors open at 6:30 p.m., visit awhile and savor some cool refreshments courtesy of High Desert Herbs. Then sit back and enjoy the movie on a big screen with surround sound.
   The Film Center is pleased to announce that the library now has a Movie Public Performance Site License which means more films will be available at reasonable prices. We are passing these savings on to the community by offering free admission to all films during the Summer Series. We will, of course, still have expenses to run the center so donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted.
   Due to advertising restrictions, the Film Center will not be allowed to advertise the movie titles in the newspaper after this listing, so clip and save the following schedule or view the library's Web site at www.jcld.org for movie titles and descriptions.
   Anyone who would like an e-mail notification of upcoming films can send their e-mail address to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Flyers on all the films will be available at the library and Rodriquez Annex.
   From now on the first Friday of every month will be Senior Matinee Day. The matinees will start at l:30 p.m., are free, and refreshments will be offered.
   The Summer Film Series features:
   Friday, July 18: Waking Ned Devine (1998), 7 p.m.
   Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) are two life-long friends who have a talent for getting into mischief. Big believers in luck and dreams, the two have long obsessed over winning the national lottery. In their sleepy, cozy Irish village, even a wee jackpot would go a long, long way. So it is with great excitement that they read in the city newspaper that someone in Tulaigh Morh possesses a winning ticket. They figure it should be easy to sniff out the winner -- in such a small town no one can keep a secret -- and it should be a breeze to convince the winner to share his or her earnings with such good friends as Jackie and Michael. Rated PG.
   Friday, Aug. 1: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Senior Matinee at 1:30 p.m., evening show at 7 p.m.
   Political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal. Not-Rated.
   Friday, Aug. 15: Billy Elliott (2000), 7 p.m.
   Billy Elliot is the heartwarming story of a young boy from a working-class family who discovers a passion that will change his life forever. Eleven-year-old miner's son Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) is on his way to boxing lessons when he stumbles upon a ballet class. Billy secretly joins the class, knowing that his blue-collar family would never understand. Under the guidance of his teacher Mrs. Wilkinson (Academy Award nominee Julie Walters), Billy's raw talent takes flight. But when his father discovers his son's ambition, Billy must fight for his dreams and his destiny. Rated R.
   Friday, Sept. 5: African Queen (1951), Senior Matinee at 1:30 p.m., Evening Show at 7 p.m.
   This 1951 John Huston classic, set in Africa during World War I, garnered Humphrey Bogart an Oscar for his role as a hard-drinking riverboat captain, who provides passage for a Christian missionary spinster (Katharine Hepburn). Taking an instant, mutual dislike to one another, the two endure rough waters, the presence of German soldiers, and their own bickering to finally fall into one another's arms. Not-Rated.