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'1984' movie day will protest Trump budget

'1984' movie day will protest Trump budget

Proctors, Tang, Opalka Gallery participating
'1984' movie day will protest Trump budget
George Orwell.
Photographer: BBC/Public Domain

Three Capital Region venues will show the movie "1984" on Tuesday as part of a national day of protest against President Trump's proposed cuts in funding for the arts.

Proctors in Schenectady, the Opalka Gallery at Sage Colleges in Albany and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs will join more than 180 moviehouses, galleries, museums and libraries in 43 states that plan to participate in the event.

Beyond the Capital Region, the movie will be shown at 20 other venues in New York state, including in the upstate cities of Syracuse, Buffalo, Ithaca and Rochester.

Directed by Michael Radford, the British drama "Nineteen Eighty-Four," also referred to as "1984," was based on 1949 dystopian novel of the same title by English author George Orwell, who imagined an totalitarian government that outlawed free speech.

The R-rated movie, which was actually released in the year 1984, stars the late Richard Burton and John Hurt, who died in January.

April 4 was chosen as the date for the protest because that is the day that the novel's protagonist, Winston Smith, begins his rebellion against the government by keeping a forbidden diary.

The Trump administration's proposed budget would cut federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Public Radio and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

The national protest event was launched by United State of Cinema (www.unitedstateofcinema.com).

"This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard," the web site states. The participating venues "strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment."  


The movie "1984" will be screened Tuesday at three locations in the Capital Region:

  • Proctors' GE Theatre, Schenectady: Movie at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Daily Gazette columnist Sara Foss will introduce the film at the second screening. Between screenings, the Open Door bookstore will offer Orwell's book and others for sale in the lobby. From 5 to 9 p.m., 20 local organizations are holding a Capital Region Community Action Fair in the lobby. Movie admission is $5, with proceeds supporting Proctors' educational and community-related programs. Admission to the fair is free.
  • Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs: Movie at 6:30 p.m., followed by faculty panel discussion. Free. The novel "1984" and other books will be available at the Tang Museum store's dystopian book sale, which continues through Tuesday.
  • Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany: Movie at 6 p.m., followed by faculty panel discussion. Free.
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