The Branson Regional Arts Council and the Taneyhills Community Library are co-sponsoring an incredible Gala Film and Art Fundraising Event.
On Saturday, September 29, 2018, an American classic film returns to the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson, 78 years after it was first released in 1940. Written by Margaret Mitchell, this famous film stars Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. The title is one of the most recognized films of all time, however the public is challenged to guess the name.
“We are contractually not allowed to mention the real title of the movie on television, radio or newspaper,” stated Adele Groote, Taneyhills Community Library liaison for the event. “It makes promoting this very exciting event somewhat challenging, but we’re hoping readers will play along and be able to easily guess the famous movie that won 8 Academy awards in 1939, including Best Picture and an Oscar for Vivian Leigh in her portrayal of Scarlett. If not, stop by the Historic Owen Theatre lobby or the Taneyhills Community library to see our posters.”
“The Branson Regional Arts Council has been seeking a means to collaborate more often with our community library, and this opportunity has worked out beautifully. The Historic Owen Theatre opened in 1936 and uniquely brings a sense of nostalgia to the film,” stated Jim Barber, Executive Director of BRAC.
Barber continued, “We want to thank Marc Mulherin, Clint Cross, and the entire team at the Branson Convention Center for their enthusiasm and contribution in making this after-movie artist reception possible.”
A Tara-themed gala at the Branson Convention Center Art Gallery will immediately follow the movie. The reception includes a large assortment of hor d’oeuvres, cash bar, music and visual art exhibition with an opportunity to meet the amazing local area artists on display. Participants are encouraged to dress in period costume.
Library Director Marcia Schemper-Carlock added, “This event came about through The Great American Read project with PBS. The library is a co-sponsor of this 7-part television series exploring and celebrating the power of reading, and told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. The television series, beginning September 11th at 7:00pm on Ozark Public Television, is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. Our local PBS station is very excited that the library and the Branson Regional Arts Council is hosting this Gala to celebrate Margaret Mitchell’s iconic Pulitzer prize novel through the showing of the epic film.”
The event kicks off with the showing of the Mitchell movie at 1:00 pm followed by the Tara-ific Gala Reception at 5:45 pm. Cost to attend is $29.95 per person which includes a reserved theatre seat to “Tomorrow is Another Day” (GWTW), and the Gala Art Reception, just one block away at the Branson Convention Center. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible as this event is a fundraiser for both organizations. With only 200 seats available, advance reserved tickets are recommended by visiting BransonArts.org/gonewiththewind.
Jim Barber, IOM - Executive Director