the Independent Film Series
Twice a year, the AEC offers a
series of 12 independent films to the Chattanooga community, films that
would otherwise be unavailable on the city's big screen. Shown each
fall and spring at the downtown Bijou Theatre, the films are chosen
carefully to create a diverse series of thought-provoking and award-winning
DID YOU KNOW...
You might well think that when you plop down your $7.25 for a ticket
to see a movie during the AEC Indpendent Film Series that some (if not
almost all) of that money actually supports the Film Series itself.
But thatâ€™s not the case.
Hereâ€™s the deal: The AECâ€™s Film Committee twice each year
researches potential titles, makes a list and forwards it to Carmike,
owners of the Bijou. They negotiate with the various distributors to
get as many of those films as possible, and Carmike pays for the rights
to exhibit those titles. And we do greatly appreciate Carmikeâ€™s
willingness to handle all that, and to allow us to host the Series in
its facilities. (We love the Film Series! Can you tell?)
Through a co-operative agreement with Carmike, the AEC sells the discount
cards to offset the expense of a rather lean promotional effort—this
web site, a brochure, the card itself, some mailings. Committee members
work hard to get the word out and gain publicity for the Series, but
thatâ€™s all done gratas.
The card sales are the sole source of paying for the out-of-pocket promotional
needs—primarily printing costs. None of the Bijouâ€™s box
office revenues and concession sales during the Film Series are treated
any differently than with any other movie shown throughout the year
at the Bijou. Itâ€™s that simple.
Not simple at all, really, but now you know.
Special thanks to A Novel Idea
Bookstore, 212 Market, Big River Grille, ClearSpring Yoga, and Wild
Hare Books for providing Spring 2006 Film Club benefits!
AEC Independent Film Series