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Cinephiles! Check out Sudbury Indie Cinema's 'virtual screen' during COVID-19

Buy a ticket to Oscar-nominated film 'Corpus Christi'
A still from the film “Corpus Christi.” (Supplied)

Are you a cinephile? Are you bored with the selection on your streaming service of choice?

Sudbury Indie Cinema can help. Just to be clear, the city's cinema co-op was shut down last week along with other movie theatres due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the co-op said it has started what it's calling a “virtual screen” during the shutdown.

This virtual screen starts with screenings of the Oscar-nominee film “Corpus Christi.” Tickets cost $12 each. 

The 2019 film's IMDB description is as follows: “Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he has no intention of giving up his dream and decides to minister a small-town parish.”

“As this is online — ie. you buy a ticket and watch on a screen at home — this is an amazing opportunity to share the programming of Sudbury Indie Cinema with your friends around the country & around the world to benefit the arts here locally,” said an email from Sudbury Indie Cinema.

Buy your virtual ticket online here.

Sudbury Indie Cinema said it will roll out more virtual cinema soon.

The co-op has launched this initiative thanks to a partnership with a couple of American distributors. Sudbury Indie Cinema gets 50 per cent of the proceeds from the screenings.

“Jimmy Weaver from Film Movement — one of our distributors — reached out to us to include Indie Cinema in a mostly US-initiative from Film Movement to set up virtual screening rooms for their art house exhibition partners (a.k.a. local movie houses) to be able to generate some revenue during the forced shutdown of movie theatres across North America,” said an email from Sudbury Indie Cinema.

“We have since been added by Kino Lorber, another NY-based distributor, to THEIR similar virtual marquee programme. When I checked their websites 2 days ago, Sudbury Indie Cinema is the one and only Canadian cinema on their lists! (More Canuck independents have come on board since). 

“This news has now snowballed through-out the Indie film world and I'm fielding inquiries from some of our Canadian distributors to set up similar programs to get us all through these tough times.”