Assistant Professor of Media and Society Rebecca Burditt has been assisting with public film screening programming at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, N.Y., for years. Now, with groups unable to gather because of social distancing guidelines, she and the Smith’s Executive Director Susie Monagan have created an online series called the Smith Film Club.
“We’re taking advantage of new technologies to keep in touch and simulate the experience of collective viewing and conversation,” says Burditt.
The club uses the Netflix Party extension for the Google Chrome browser, which allows users to stream movies together while participating in a live chat. At the conclusion of the film, moderated post-screening discussions take place via Zoom.
“The best part of a movie experience is being able to share it with other people,” says Burditt. “While it’s true that we have access to watch a wide variety of films on our own, there’s something very special about experiencing movies in real time with other people and talking about them together.”
Each event begins at 7 p.m. The series schedule includes:
- May 7: Moonlight
- May 14: Hugo
- May 21: Echo in the Canyon
- May 28: As Good as it Gets
- June 4: Roma
Links for the Netflix Party movies and the post-viewing discussion sessions on Zoom are available on the Smith Opera House website.