Film Clubs: July 2019

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is Tuesday, July 30th where we meet and discuss two films.

Film Club meets July 30 at 6:30 p.m., to take a close look at The Lost City of Z (2016), available on Blu-ray, DVD and Hoopla.

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This epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

The Classic Reels club meets July 30 at 7:30 p.m. to breakdown and discuss the classic movie: Clue (1985), available on Kanopy, Blu-ray and DVD.

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Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd lead an all-star cast in this murderously funny cult classic based on the world-famous Clue board game.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

2019 Filmmaking Camps

Once again this Summer our Tween and Teen patrons learned about filmmaking during hands-on programs in Studio 300. The Tween group focused on making a short film trailer based upon popular games. They also designed a poster to go along with their imaginative film. The Teens also made trailers. For a second project, they conceived and produced a short film and made posters, too. Enjoy these videos made by our young Fountaindale community members.

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Kindness Day 2019

As part of the 2019 Pioneer Elementary School Kindness Day, people visited Studio 300 to record messages of kindness and gratitude and a few also sent in videos to share. May 18 was declared “Pioneer Elementary School Kindness Day” by Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar in honor of the school community’s overwhelming kindness towards a young girl who faced “tremendous health challenges.” Her family now wants to share their gratitude for the kindness she received and express how simple acts of kindness were critical to their daughter’s recovery.

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Film Clubs: June 2019

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is June 25th where we will review two very different spy films.

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Film Club meets June 25, at 6:30 p.m., to take a close look at Page Eight (2011), available on DVD and Hoopla.

Johnny Worricker is a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Page Eight is a contemporary spy film, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century.

The Classic Reels club will meets Jun 25, but at 7:30 p.m. instead to take a closer look at this classic spy movie: 3 Days of the Condor (1975), available on Kanopy and DVD.

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In Sydney Pollack’s critically acclaimed suspense-thriller, Robert Redford stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies…and his so-called allies. After reporting the murders to his superiors, the organization wants to bring Condor in – but somebody is trying to take him out. In his frantic hunt for answers, and in a desperate run for his life, Turner abducts photographer Faye Dunaway, eventually seducing her into helping him. Every twist leads Condor to the end of his nerves…and will take you to the edge of your seat.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

 

New Vinyl arrives for Summer

Get your shine and sparkle on this summer with these new premium heat transfer vinyl colors: rainbow holographic and metallic silver.

And remember our other great standard colors: black, white, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and gray. And our other premium examples include electric red, electric green, metallic gold, and crystal holographic. Click the pictures below for examples.

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New Maker webpage

We’ve recently updated the main Fountaindale website with a new webpage focused on our Maker Lab inside Studio 300 and related activities. Check it out here. Get information about our machines, upcoming STEAM and Maker events, resources, and even show off what you made. Our new Maker Lab page is ready for you right now.

 

 

Film Clubs May

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is May 28th where we review and discuss two great films.
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Film Club meets on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Madame (2017), available on DVD and Hoopla. Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.

Also on May 28, Classic Reels meets at 7:30 p.m. to review To Catch a Thief (1955), available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Kanopy.
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Notorious cat burglar John Robie has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie. When her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on the lam to catch the thief and clear his own name.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

DIY Felt Succulent

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During April’s Adult Makers DIY program, our patrons made felt succulents. By popular demand, here are the project’s instructions.

Required Supplies

  • Felt Squares (6” x 6” pieces work great)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  • Pastel Chalks (Optional)
  • Template

Step 1. Using the template (Download Succulent Template here) cut out the pieces of felt. When you print the template make sure you choose actual size instead of fit for print or your pieces will be very large. You should have 3 sizes of petals. Note: If you wish to use chalk pastels color the felt before gluing.

Step 2. Take one of the smallest petals and place a bead of hot glue near the bottom. Pinch it together until the glue cools. Use a low temp glue gun for the best results (and safety!). Starting with the smallest petals build up your succulent and keep petals evenly spaced. When you run out of the smallest petals go to the medium petals. Continue building up your succulent. Finally use the larger petals and finish the last layers.

Your finished design can be used in many different ways. For example, we finished our project by gluing them into mini clay pots.

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Indie Indy Filmmakers

Students and their teacher from the Independence Elementary after school Indy Filmmakers share their work in this inspiring documentary. The “indie Indy” group uses Studio 300 equipment and computers to videotape and edit their short films. They even used our maker lab for their custom t-shirts.

Special thanks to the students and their teacher for kind permission to share this video.

Open Mic Success

On Tuesday, April 9, Studio 300 hosted our first Open Mic Showcase Night. Several brave performers shared their music and poetry during the evening to rave reviews from a supportive and enthusiastic audience.

Our next Open Mic Showcase Night is May 14 in Meeting Room B starting at 7 p.m. If you are interested in performing your acoustic music, poetry, dance, artwork, photography and even short films, you get up to seven minutes, and signup is first come, first served. And, of course, if you wish to support our local artists, you can join the audience, too. At this time, the program is for ages 18 and older only.