Although I am NYC based Director/DOP, I am living in a small village in south france working on a new film and I will be here for quite some time. I have always dreamed of opening a cinema and thought i would exercise this dream right here in my tiny village. The plan is to do this in phases and phase one is simply outdoors right here in the vineyard, I have access to a nice big piece of property with breathtaking scenery around you, its at the top of a mountain near the med. . Done. Now after sorting out a sound system suitable for the "cinéma gardin" (think small football field in terms of size) add the screen with a RED lazer projector and...voilà, out door cinema dream accomplished.
Now the legal stuff, if you know any of this or have some leads please share or email me vila clay (at) haskellfilms (dot) com.
Phase 1. Free. Can I legally screen, WITHOUT charging admissions films from my personal bluray/DVD collection? Keep in mind the population of my village is 150 people and I would be surprised if i had this many show up even with surrounding villages catching wind of an cinema in a vineyard. I thought I would add a little life to this ghost town while they work on the legal side of things.
Phase 2, low cost general admissions (2-3 euros) and In the spirit of an "Art-house" cinema, I would have in mind to screen classic films, 2nd run films, indies, art films, reduser films etc ;) but not sure how to go about this. Do I contact the distribution of the company in which i wish to screen their film, anyone have experience doing something like this?
Thanks for any tips or feedback. Cheers