A couple months ago, the South Fork Film club decided to organize an outdoor movie event down by the river, featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic “The Birds”. The club was so successful in getting the word out about this free, community event, that people showed up in droves to sit in the cool fall air and watch the movie on a large, outdoor screen. This was the club’s first outdoor movie, but certainly not their first event. They organized and hosted the “Moscars” last winter, providing a fun mock atmosphere of the famous Academy Award night.
The formation of the South Fork Film club is a fabulous story and wonderful example of how the Hutchinson Center for the Arts has accelerated a new group to be up and running in 6-8 months, rather than the usual 2-3 years. They approached the Center in 2012 about how we could help them form a club. The Hutchinson Center for the Art’s existence helped them get right to programming, meetings and events for their members. The South Fork Film Club became an immediate asset to the community, allowing interested people to join without struggling to find space to meet or having to hunt down equipment that supported their plans. The Center helped them in getting into grant writing early on, and provided equipment like projectors, large screen TV, sound systems and an Internet connection they could use. It is the only film club in Southwest Minnesota, and we’re proud to have them a part of the Center for the Arts!