Emeritus Students Launch New Sunday Morning Film Series
Historic Lark Theater and Emeritus Club Promote 3 Sundays, 3 Films
KENTFIELD, Calif.— February 9, 2010 — The Emeritus Students College of Marin has joined with the historic Larkspur Theater to create Sunday Salon, a new film series beginning Feb. 28, which is aimed at inspiring a lively discussion over a continental brunch.
Each mystery film – the titles will not be pre-released – will be followed by a film critic’s commentary and a question and answer period.
The films will not be announced in advance to add to the intrigue, says Karen Hemmeter, co-president of ESCOM. “Bernice Baeza, executive director of the Lark Theater and film marvel, will find the best and most interesting selection to offer and open our eyes and minds to something we undoubtedly missed the first time around.” This is an ideal partnership with another nonprofit in the community, Hemmeter says.
The classic, single-screen theater, built in 1936, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. After being shuttered for five years, the theater was renovated and reopened in 2004 as a nonprofit community film center.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for years,” Baeza says. “There is some great film out there that should be seen.”
Baeza compares the salon to a film festival that is spread out over three Sunday mornings. Her goal is to pick films that are thoughtful and interesting but not necessarily commercially successful. Another aim, however, is to celebrate film and community.
“A lot of people in Marin love Sunday brunch but we don’t always have someone to do that with,” Baeza says. “This is a learning and sharing, social experience. Part of what we’ve been trying to do with the theater is get people away from the solo experience of being in front of the computer and come on down and have a social film experience.”
While the films will be geared toward ESCOM members who are a mature audience, they have very diverse tastes. Baeza reveals little about her film choices other than to say she will avoid horror and gratuitous violence. “The films will be eclectic,” she says.
The Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) is an association dedicated to the promotion and participation of lifelong learners. There are currently about 515 members associated with 20 Emeritus clubs (Adventurers Club, Architectural Models, Bocce, Bridge, Classic Cinema, Current Events & Issues Club, French Club, Great Books Discussion Group, Great Ideas in Philosophy Club, Humanities Club, Italian Club, IVC Book Forum, Jazz Club, Music Listening, Opera and Beyond, Scrabble Club, Spanish Club, Travel Club, Writers' Workshop). Membership is $15 per year. The organization has offices on both the Kentfield and Novato campuses.