Friday, June 4, 2010

Ooooo-KLAHOMA! Sing-along

Oh, what a beautiful evening it was at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Wednesday, June 2. Over 125 enthusiastic patrons of all ages came out for BMFI's sing-along screening of OKLAHOMA!, the first of three sing-alongs this summer. Fans of the Rodgers and Hammerstein hit belted out such classic tunes as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “People Will Say We’re in Love” as the film played on the big screen. Many even rustled up costumes in honor of the event!

Conestoga High School alums Julia Race and Emma Backe were excited
to make BMFI's sing-along a part of their summer.

Cowgirls at heart, Eileene Donnelly, Helene Snyder, and Rosemary Haggerty wore the hats and bandanas to prove it.

When asked about her lemon-bedecked hat, Pam Bentz (posing with Ted Douglas) responded, "There was a lack of citrus in Oklahoma!, and I'm here to help rectify that." 

Even BMFI President Juliet Goodfriend and the Chairman of the Board, Samuel R. Scott, wore their finest western duds to the sing-along!

If you think this sounds fun, check out the other musical classics that will get the sing-along treatment this summer at BMFI: The King and I shows on Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00pm, followed by Mary Poppins on Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm. Remember, patrons who come in costume receive a free small popcorn!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

BMFI has a brand-new website!

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website, designed by Zero Defect Design. Now it will be easier than ever to check the schedule and learn about our theater's programming, news, membership, film courses, and fundraising. The new site goes live today, June 2, and will appear in your browser within the next twenty-four hours.

Explore BMFI’s new online home, keeping in mind a number of new features:

Calendar. The daily schedule appears under the calendar. Click on a date in the calendar to see all of the films showing that day. Click on the individual film titles for more information about them.

Online Ticketing. Buy tickets to screenings directly from the website through Click the red ticket icon on the right-hand side, which leads to a general page from which you can navigate to the film and show you would like to see. You can also click the showtime for which you would like to buy a ticket.

Film Pages. Each film has its own individual webpage, featuring a description, the show times, and a trailer and review as available. Certain events are highlighted in the ever-changing box at the top of the homepage, and others are highlighted down below. Click on these highlighted events to access detailed information about them. Find the full list of upcoming screenings and events by selecting the drop-down “Films” menu and selecting “films”. Then click on any of the grey links in the resultant list to get to the specialized events pages.

Comments. Share your thoughts on any event or film that we show—fill out the comments box at the bottom of the appropriate event page and an administrator will review it and post it shortly.

Contact Form. To give feedback to BMFI, click the “Contact Us” button at the top of every page to pull up the new contact form. Select the nature of your inquiry from the drop down menu, fill out the form with your contact information and question, and the appropriate staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

For Students. A special “For Students” section geared towards high school and college students features information about student discounts, internships, different film organizations, and a list of upcoming screenings we think high school and college students would especially enjoy.

BMFInsights. The most recent posts on BMFI’s blog are now highlighted at the bottom of our home page.

Press Releases and Press Clippings. Select highlights will be featured on the home page; click on the “about” drop down menu and select “Press Releases” or “Press Clippings” to see the full list of available press releases and press clippings.

Bookmark and Share. Click the green “Bookmark & Share” button in the grey right-hand sidebar to share information easily with family and friends.

Photo Archives. This section will be appearing shortly.

The new website also streamlines previously existing content and features, including:

Membership. To become a member, click on “Become a Member” at the top of every page, or select “Membership” from the drop-down “Membership” menu.

Donate. To donate to BMFI, click on “Donate” at the top of every page or choose “Donate” from the drop-down “Support” menu.

Film Courses and Course Archive. Current classes are listed under “Film Studies” or “Film Production” on the drop-down “Education” menu. Explore BMFI’s past course offerings online by selecting “Course Archive”.

History. Click “About” or “History” on the drop-down “About” menu for more information about the theater’s past and present.

We hope that you find the new website helpful, attractive, and easy to use!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Readers' Choice: BMFI is "Best Movie Theater"

The votes are in and Bryn Mawr Film Institute has been named “Best Movie Theater” by the readers of the Main Line Times and Main Line Suburban Life! Among the hundreds of votes cast, BMFI topped the category for the third straight year, our fourth win total. The complete list winners will be revealed in a special Readers Choice supplement published by Main Line Media News on June 17th.