Founded by avid film buffs Suzzanne and Brett Cromwell, the Lowell Film Collaborative (LFC) is a grassroots initiative dedicated to enhancing the burgeoning artistic community of Lowell, Massachusetts, by celebrating the art of motion pictures. Through film & video screenings, special events, discussions, and film festivals, the LFC supports local and regional cinema and motion picture artists while developing partnerships with local businesses and organizations. In addition to Suzzanne and Brett, the LFC includes countless supporters who are like-minded film enthusiasts that share their desire to see more independent film in Lowell, AND the Merrimack Valley. We hope you will join our growing cinematic community!
» JOIN THE LOWELL FILM COLLABORATIVE AT THE LUNA THEATER EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT!
Join us for “LFC Tuesdays at The Luna Theater,” our specially curated films every Tuesday night featuring indie, classic, and cult fare! The Luna Theater features film screenings and live performances every Thursday through Sunday. Visit LunaLowell.com for tickets and show times.
CLICK HERE to view this month’s “LFC Tuesdays” schedule
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» 2015 ECO FILM SERIES: JANUARY THROUGH JUNE
Join us every last Tuesday of the month from January – June for our 2015 “Land, Air & Water” Eco Film Series in partnership with Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust and Lowell National Historical Park. All films are FREE ADMISSION and start at 6:30pm at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street in downtown Lowell!
CLICK HERE to view the entire “Eco Film Series” schedule
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» SPECIAL FILM EVENT! Finding Vivian Maier
Presented in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures
and UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas
Wednesday, March 25 @ 6:30pm
UMass Lowell O’Leary Library (Room 222), 61 Wilder Street
FREE ADMISSION | POST-FILM DISCUSSION
See the Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier at this special film screening at UMass Lowell! Experience the compelling story behind the mysterious nanny who secretly took over 150,000 photographs of people and places in the streets of her Chicago neighborhood. These newly discovered photos have made headline news in the art world, bringing “street photography” to the forefront of the creative industry. Stay after the film for a casual discussion with some of our finest Lowell-based photographers as they share their thoughts and insights on Maier and her work as well as their own experiences in photography. Free and open to the public!
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» LOWELL FILM PREMIERE AND LIVE MUSIC EVENT!
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll
Presented in partnership with UMass Lowell with support from The Khmer Post
and the Lowell Cultural Council
Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015
Film Screening with Filmmaker and Guest Musicians In Appearance
(Lowell Showcase Cinema | 32 Reiss Avenue)
Saturday, April 25 @ 7pm
Sunday, April 26 @ 3:30pm
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Dinner + Live Music Performance with Esteemed Musicians & Khmer Rouge Survivors
(Sompao Meas Function Hall | 450 Chelmsford Street, Lowell)
6pm: Doors Open
6:30pm: Dinner Served
7:30pm: Live Music Begins
During the 60’s and early 70’s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, Cambodia was the hotbed of a new music scene that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head, creating a sound like no other. Cambodian musicians crafted this sound from the various rock music styles sweeping, America, England and France, adding the unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms of their traditional music. The beautiful singing of their renowned female vocalists became the final touch that made this mix so enticing.
But as Cambodian society — young creative musicians in particular — embraced western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war. On the left, Prince Sihanouk joined forces with the Khmer Rouge and rallied the rural population to take up arms against the government that deposed him. On the right, the Cambodian military, with American military support, waged a war that involved a massive aerial bombing campaign on the countryside. In the end, after winning the civil war, the Khmer Rouge turned their deadly focus to the culture of Cambodia.
After taking over the country on April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge began wiping out all traces of modernity and Western influence. Intellectuals, artists and musicians were specifically and systematically targeted and eliminated. Thus began one of the most brutal genocides in history, killing an estimated two million people -– a quarter of the Cambodian population.
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. Director John Pirozzi’s film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide by celebrating the incredible music that came from Cambodia and exploring how important it is to that country’s society, both past and present.