Animals Fill the Screen this Sunday, Feb. 17
RIDGWAY – The movie matinee is back.
Ridgway’s Sherbino Theater is inaugurating a movie series called Sherbino Sundays, beginning Sunday,Feb. 17, with free films for all ages.
Sherbino film committee member Ellen Shelton hopes the 3-4:30 p.m. time slot on Sundays will be a good one: “We hope not to compete with kids’ sports or school or other family obligations and activities,” she said.
Sherbino Sundays will plug in all kinds of films – from Mountainfilm documentaries to films from the archives of the Telluride Film Festival, and from other sources, Shelton said.
And while these shows will be occasional – not every week – the Sherbino programmers hope that with time, and this new name and time slot, they can start to build an audience for great movies.
First up this Sunday will be the Mountainfilm favorite Doolittle Does Something, directed by Telluride filmmaker Gus Guscoria. It’s a charming and humorous documentary about the Rocky Mountain Ark Wildlife Center. For 25 years Lissa Margetts ran the “Ark” on a mesa near Telluride, sharing her care and love for rescued wild animals with thousands of young visitors. Although the Ark closed its doors a few years ago, it will long be remembered because of this lovely film. It will not spoil things for anyone to suggest that viewers look for the mountain lion licking an ice cream cone.
Also on the bill is Moongirl, directed by Henry Selik, the Oscar-nominated director of Coraline and James and the Giant Peach. It’s a thoughtful and enchanting piece of animation about a boy and his pet squirrel who are spirited away to meet the girl of the moon.
In keeping with an “animal rescue” theme this Sunday, Kelly Goodin, executive director of Second Chance Humane Society, will be on hand to talk about the work her group is doing with animals in Ridgway.
A few more shorts from the Mountainfilm archives will add sports and travel to the mix.
For more information, go to facebook.com/sherbinotheater or call 970/201-8570.