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Catalina Film Society finds a base for screening% HOTEL METIOPOLE TO BE example, the society plans to ex- That film, which was screened SCREENING VENUE FOR periment with ideas for screening on July 14, waslrvineWelsh's"Ec- +, MONTHLY MOVIES ' ' BY DENNIS KAISER The Catalina Film Society is setting down more roots in Ava- lon. This week, Ron Truppa, found- er and executive director of the Catalina Film Festival, the non- profit entity that spawned the film society, announced that the society • would make the Metropole its base for its monthly film screenings. According to Truppa, the Cata- lina Film Society is still excited to use a vdriety of indoor and outdoor venues around Avalon, like their partner the Avalon Community Church, but needed a home base that could accommodate a variety of film genres month after month. The Hotel Metropole has agreed to be that base. However, the church may still be utilized for some screenings as well as other locations as the society continues to grow and develop new ideas for film screening locations• For locations, such using outdoor set- ings for screenings• One such idea Truppa discussed was having the film society engage in creating a screening event that would include an art walk through Avalon. Truppa said the tour could include a walk to v.iew various art outlets and location in Avalon, .a stop or a wine tasting, a film screening and a further walk that would end at the Wrigley Stage where there would be a live music concert. Trupp.a said Avalon Commu- nity Church has been a generous and willing partner in helping the film society get off to a good start• However, he said, the society real- ized that not all of the films they intend to screen would not neces- sarily fit the mold of the type of film that would be appropriate in a community church setting• "We want to show respect to the church as we move into show- ing different types of film genres" Truppa said. "For example the film we screened this month." 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It was awarded the- Catalina Film Festival 2012's Best Feature• It also won the Honolulu Film Awards 2012 Grand Jury Prize and was voted the Sacra- mento International Film Festival 2012's Outstanding Foreign Fea- ture, as well as string ofother ac- colades in the US and abroad• Truppa said the film society would use the Hotel Metropole for many of its screenings as they can fit about'50 people in that venue. Having the space available will al- low them to plan ahead and ensure that their films can be programmed weeks or months in advance. The society's goal is to create events around their monthly screenings and bring out the actual filmmak- ers for Q&A sessions with their members. "As you can see, we are trying to do a lot more with the events," Truppa said. While the scope of its screen- ing venues will vary, the society will maintain the offices of the Catalina Island Conservancy as its home base for administrative purposes. The Conservancy is the finan- cial benefactor of the non-profit Catalina Film Festival. The year 2012 was the festival's Ron Truppa with Stan Lee at the 2012 Catalina Film Festival. Ihoto by Scotty Lopez second year and it was hailed as a major success for the Island's economy by drawing many visitors who might not visit Catalina and the growth of the event as a staple of one of the Island's charms. The festival, by luck, design or both cajatured nationwide attention by tying its self to the premiere of the release of "The Avengers," which became an all-time box of- fice smash. 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