Screenings at Ephrata Main

By on April 15, 2015

The Ephrata Main Theatre will have special screenings of two unique films this weekend. On Saturday, April 18, The Main will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of John Hughes’ classic film “The Breakfast Club,” at 10 a.m.

Released in March of 1985, the film about five stereotypical high school students (a brain, athlete, princess, basket case and criminal), and how they discover they are more alike than different during a Saturday morning detention, has been called the quintessential 1980s film.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. The lobby will open at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. showing. The concession stand will feature breakfast foods and themed adult beverages along with the normal movie offerings of popcorn, candy, and soda.

Frank “Misa” Grunwald, 82, was one of fewer than 300 children to escape death during the "camp-ghetto" at Terezin (or Theresienstadt) in the Czech Republic. A documentary about his experiences, “Misa’s Fugue,” directed by Ephrata native, Sean Gaston, will be screened April 19 at Ephrata Main Theatre. (Photo provided by Sean Gaston)

Frank “Misa” Grunwald, 82, was one of fewer than 300 children to escape death during the “camp-ghetto” at Terezin (or Theresienstadt) in the Czech Republic. A documentary about his experiences, “Misa’s Fugue,” directed by Ephrata native, Sean Gaston, will be screened April 19 at Ephrata Main Theatre. (Photo provided by Sean Gaston)

On Sunday, The Community Art Foundation of Ephrata is sponsoring a showing of “Misa’s Fugue.” The Emmy-nominated documentary film will come to Ephrata for its first theatrical run in Lancaster County. The film’s director, FAHS Media and Communications teacher, Sean D. Gaston, is a resident of Ephrata.

The film weaves art, music, history and technology with emotion and inspiration, telling the extraordinary story of Holocaust survivor Frank “Misa” Grunwald through a lens focused, in part, by more than 200 students and 10 of their teachers from Fleetwood Area High School. The group also had the support of three independent filmmaking professionals and five international organizations.

“Misa’s Fugue” is a testament to Grunwald’s spirit and the amazing story of the twists, turns and torments of his four-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi persecution. Last year, it was named “Best Documentary” at the Zagreb (Croatia) Jewish Film Festival. It has also garnered five “Telly Awards,” a Communicator Award and has also caught the eye of major Hollywood brass.

“Misa’s Fugue” will be shown Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. The screening will be followed by a talkback with director Sean Gaston and a reception. Tickets for the public show are $10 and available in advance on-line misasfugue.brownpapertickets.com or at the door the day of the showing.

The Ephrata Main is located at 124 E. Main St., Ephrata, with free parking in the garage behind the building, enter from Locust Street. For information call 733-9098 or e-mail info@ephratamain.com

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