Apr 17, 2022 • 4M

Hey, Gambit: Please Consider Screening the Following Films

Suggestions for a monthly series.

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Bill Arceneaux
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From the Prytania Theatre’s Twitter account, of a New Orleans French Film Festival screening in 2018

Dear Moviegoers,

As the "publisher" (is that the right moniker for me?) of a newsletter blog myself, finding new and creative ways of gathering readers and turning them into subscribers - free or paid - is a nagging priority, especially in the film culture beat.

Thankfully, we are the music makers AND the dreamers of dreams... usually.

The local New Orleans publication Gambit has been running a membership drive for a good while now, likely under the direction of owner John Georges, who also owns former media competitors The Advocate and The Times-Picayune. It's an odd feeling, to see popular and important news outlets shilling for reader support, especially when they're run by rather wealthy groups and individuals. Is this a ploy of a big company to justify their purchases? Who knows, but I do wonder as an independent writer and reader.

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Still, the good folks at Gambit, who consistently put out good cultural articles each week, need our help, and I'm more than happy to share their calls for support.

Earlier this month, on April 5th, Gambit hosted a screening of the locally shot C'mon C'mon at the Prytania’s Uptown location, and has plans to make this a running monthly series to assist in their funding. I'm not sure if a portion of ticket sales go to them, or if membership forms will be available at each event, but nonetheless, it's a great idea to get attention.

C'mon C'mon has a journalism element to its story, being about an NPR reporter on a road trip of sorts. At the time of this writing, Gambit is considering many films for their series, including others about or featuring reporting like Spotlight, Almost Famous, and The French Dispatch.

As but a humble writer with an affinity for film (their movie guy Will Coviello does excellent work, as did Ken Korman), I would like to offer up a few recommendations for inclusion in these special events.

To pitch your own suggestions, send an email to Gambit directly. To become a Gambit member, click here:

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  • WUSA

  • Ace in the Hole

  • Network

  • A Face in the Crowd

  • Panic in the Streets

  • All the King’s Men (original)

  • Good Night, and Good Luck

  • Where the Buffalo Roam

  • Tightrope

  • In the Electric Mist

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

  • Citizen Kane

Refer a friend

Sincerely Yours in Moviegoing,