Sleeping Giant Fest Nestles Down in Jacksonville, FL

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Sleeping Giant Fest Nestles Down in Jacksonville, FL
Let us introduce you to the inaugural Sleeping Giant Fest coming to Jacksonville, FL, at the end of March. The festival will be held at the historic Sun-Ray Cinema at Five Points. The theater has been through many guises and facades during its ninety year history! Since new owner Tim Massett took over five years ago the cinema offers a mix of new releases and cult fare. And like many great local cinemas before it the Sun-Ray also has seatside service with food and beverages of the alcoholic variety. 
Back to the Sleeping Giant Fest! Read in the press release below that John Waters is coming to town to offer live commentary on his film Serial Mom. During a revival screening of Tampopo there will be a noodle inspired menu. There will be a live score to Lon Chaney's 1927 film The Unknown (1927 being the year the Sun-Ray Cinema opened as the Riverside Theater). A quick look through the rest of their lineup reveals screenings of Raw, Rat Film, Kedi and Dark Knight. Band Xiu Xiu will be coming to town to perform their interpretation of the music from Twin Peaks
Someone at the Sun-Ray Cinema knows a thing or two about putting on terrific events. Do not miss Sleeping Giant Fest if you are in the Jacksonville area at the end of March! 
JACKSONVILLE, FL (FEBRUARY 9, 2017) -- Over the last five years, Sun-Ray Cinema has diligently carved out a unique space for adventurous film programming while also reinventing how audiences enjoy blockbuster fare in Northeast Florida. Building on the successes we've seen at Sun-Ray we thought it was about time to present a concentrated version of the distinctive films and events we provide year round, thus Sleeping Giant Fest is born.
From March 30 – April 2 Sleeping Giant Fest promises to open your eyes and perk your ears to work that often gets lost in the digital streams that dominate our viewing habits today. Throughout the year intriguing and provocative films with limited releases often get overlooked while others don’t even make it off the festival circuit. We aim to help you navigate an array of choices that often seems dizzying so you can immerse yourself in these so-called "less commercial" films, repertory titles, and screenings with exciting special guests while enjoying the communal experience that the cinema provides.
With forty film and music events over four lively days, the 2017 lineup includes filmmaker John Waters giving his film SERIAL MOM "The Talkies" treatment, providing live commentary over a screening of the film, avant-garde ensemble Xiu Xiu playing the music of Twin Peaks, Chicago band Roommate, providing a live score to Lon Chaney’s compelling performance in the horror classic THE UNKNOWN (produced the very same year as the building in which it will screen opened), and a screening of “Ramen Western"  TAMPOPO with a special noodle menu inspired by the film
We are also delighted to feature a rare exhibition of Ghanaian movie poster art thanks to a partnership with Deadly Prey Gallery in Chicago. When rural West African villagers in the 80’s and 90’s wanted to watch a movie they’d visit a “video club” - a generator powered, outdoor A/V rig that featured the latest Bollywood, Nollywood, and Hollywood hits on VHS. Without access to commercial printers entrepreneurs promoted upcoming screenings with hand-painted posters that more often than not presented a bizarre take on the movie being advertised (given that the local artist commissioned typically hadn’t seen the film). As more “video clubs” popped up, competition for moviegoers heightened as did the intensity of sex and violence (and surrealism) reflected in these posters. Ghanaian movie poster art was an inspiration for the theme for Sleeping Giant Fest 2017, and we will highlight these original works of cinema infused with outsider art at all festival venues.

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