Every year Jacob and I plan far ahead to keep January weekends free to screen award-nominated movies. We look forward to the envelopes and packages stamped with the iconic message: For Your Consideration. As an active and voting member of Screen Actors Guild—celebrating 40 years—and a retired member of Directors Guild of America, the DVDs and screening invitations begin arriving each year just after the New Year.
Some studios send a DVD, some studios send top-shelf print material as a teaser and then the DVD, some studios provide eMoviePasses so you can screen their nominated movies with a typical audience, and others offer intimate screenings with industry peers.
This year Disney and DreamWorks Pictures sent me a handsome invitation to screen Lincoln at the Directors Guild Theatre in New York. (One of the great benefits of living in Baltimore is proximity.)
And, in their package, they included, at 127 pages, the final shooting script and additional digital teasers. I returned my eRSVP this afternoon.
The DGA Theatre is a small, jewel-box of a place on West 57th Street, a few steps from the Russian Tea Room and Carnegie Hall. As screening theatres go, it's intimate, yet outfitted with envy-inducing, state-of-the-art audio and projection equipment:
- Barco DP-3000 D-Cinema DLP "2K" Projector
- Dolby DSS-200 D-Cinema screen server
- Dolby 3D and Real D 3D capabilities
- Multi-standard video decks (Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, Blu-Ray and DVD)
- DVI-D and SVGA Computer Graphics Capabilities (Powerpoint) from stage position
- JBL three-way speaker system
- Dolby CP-650 Digital Cinema Sound Processors
- Dolby DMA8 Plus Digital Media Adaptor
- Dolby Digital 7.1 discreet audio
- Dolby SR-D, Dolby SR, Dolby E audio formats
- QSC Basis Network Audio System, QSC Digital Power Amplifier System
- Dual Simplex XL 35mm Reel to Reel Capabilities
- Theatrical Stage Lighting
- Mackie 16 Channel Audio Mixing Console
- Shure Microphones
This private screening facility is designed to provide the ideal environment for industry professionals to screen their films, hold their special events, or their film premieres.
It is ideal for conferences, lectures and corporate presentations. The upper and lower lobby areas are ideal for pre and post-event receptions.
The DGA New York Theater Complex is recognized throughout the entertainment industry as one of the preeminent screening, private reception, and film premiere facilities in the city.
After all of the travel arraingments to NYC to screen LINCOLN were made i looked out the window—we are living in an unusual, for winter, Baltimore cloud of fog today—and I saw this on top of the BGE building on Fayette and Liberity Streets. It seems appropriate.