How have you used your Film Dispenser blog to build a local community of movie fans?
The local community is there. I'm not building it. I'm trying to focus it and bring it together. You'd be surprised how many people are complete cinephiles and have no outlet for that. We want people to share their love of cinema with us and bring them to events that are uniquely for them, all while creating new film lovers along the way.
Larger cities host everything from elaborate film festivals to sing-along screenings. Which movie-centered events would you like to see here?
We have talked about everything. A small festival. Quote-alongs and sing-alongs are some things I have mulled over. I've focused on screenings of theatrically hard-to-see films and "The Dark Knight Rises" in IMAX. Now, we're figuring it out. We want to do family-friendly events as well so our fans who have kids can bring them along. Basically, we want to bring it all and really make our events something people who love film can anticipate. It takes time.
What do you think about a growing focus on 3-D films?
Three-D films are a great way for studios and theaters to make more money each week. But, that's not what matters to me. 3-D is a format that has not yet been perfected. The picture is darker and most of the films people see in 3D are converted to that format, not shot in native 3-D. And even when a film is shot in 3-D, it does not add to my experience. There will be a day when 3-D could be a better and more important part of cinema, but that will come after other technological hurdles are crossed. The most important part of the theater experience needs to be a focus on customer experience and enjoyment, not overcharges for gimmicks that leave the eyes strained. All that being said, I will check out any effort by a filmmaker in both formats when I have the opportunity. "Hugo," "Prometheus" and "Avatar" are the standouts in the format and I always love to see an artist paint with a new brush.
Is the recent Colorado massacre evidence of a need for tighter security in movie theaters?
No, it's evidence that the film community is a tight-knit and special crowd. The outpouring of love and financial aid from total strangers around the world tells me that one person will not stop the masses from enjoying one of the great communal events that still exists. It shows me that film still matters to people outside of the film community. If it didn't, theaters would have been empty in the days after.
What's the best-kept secret in Columbus?
Until "The Dark Knight Rises" premiered in IMAX at the National Infantry Museum, I would have said that theater. But I think we (FilmDispenser.com and The National Infantry Museum) effectively got the word out about that amazing venue. Now, I have to say it's us: FilmDispenser.com. (You can also learn more at facebook.com/FilmDispenser.)