The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
For Your Consideration (Warner Independent, 2006)
The camera follows a trio of actors during production of Home for Purim, a low-budget drama set in the mid-1940s American South, as rumors circulate that their performances are generating Oscar buzz in the entertainment industry. Director Christopher Guest co-wrote this mockumentary comedy with Eugene Levy and both appear in the film along with Catherine O’ Hara, Harry Shearer, and Parker Posey as the three affected thespians. Catherine O’Hara won a Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Board of Review for her role as would-be Oscar nominee Marilyn Hack.
Friday, May 5 (7:30 pm)
To Sir with Love (Columbia, 1967)
Sidney Poitier stars as Mark Thackeray, a new teacher at a run-down-school in the slums of London’s East End whose rowdy students drove their last teacher to resign. James Clavell directed the modestly budgeted production that scored big at the box office, and adapted the screenplay from E.R. Braithwaite’s novel of the same name. The film’s title song To Sir with Love, performed by teenaged Scottish singer Lulu making her film debut, was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 pop single for that year. This screening is in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week.
Saturday, May 6 (7:30 p.m.)
The Best of the Marty Stuart Show (RFD-TV, 2008-2014)
Grammy-Award -Winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart’s RFD-TV Series ran from 2008 to 2014. The program was part of the hundreds of hours of historic country-music footage, recordings and other audio-visual materials from Stuart’s vast collection that was acquired by the Library of Congress last year. Highlights from the series were compiled by Packard Campus Video Preservation Specialist Bill Rush and features regulars Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith, Leroy Troy and Eddie Stubbs. Guests include Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Sturgill Simpson, Tanya Tucker, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle, Del McCoury Band, Cowboy Jack Clement, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Stuart Duncan, Old Crow Medicine Show, Randy Travis, Lynn Anderson, Ray Price, John Prine, Wanda Jackson, Mel Tillis, Roland White, James Burton, Pig Robbins, Manuel, and Earl Scruggs.
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.