“ROOM” Heads For The Golden Globes, Makes Its Only Florida Stop At The Stonzek Theater

20131011_233834-1By: Adriana Delgado


Last month, we published an article titled Art House Theaters In Florida Perform Vanishing Act, in which we expressed concern about the diminishing number of art house theaters in Florida, and how this can affect future screenings of independent and low budget films in the state.

The possibility of having less independent films screened locally, hit home once more when we realized that the Irish-Canadian indie film Room starring Brie Larson, and based on the novel by Irish writer Emma Donoghue, was nowhere to be found in the schedules of Florida theaters from Miami to Tallahassee. With the exception of the Stonzek Theater in Lake Worth which will show the film starting December 18 for a one week run,  Room was largely ignored by local theaters which is disconcerting since it was recently announced as a Golden Globe nominee.

LAKE WORTH, Florida (2015, 11 December). A promotional poster of Room hangs in the lobby of The Stonzek Theater. Photo by: Adriana Delgado.
LAKE WORTH, Florida (2015, 11 December). A promotional poster of Room hangs in the lobby of The Stonzek Theater. Photo by: Adriana Delgado.

We are left to ponder why an independent film that has been praised on multiple occasions by film critics  hasn’t premiered in Florida theaters with more fanfare. It’s possible that the upcoming premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens also on December 18, deterred larger chain cinemas as well as smaller venues in Florida from taking a gamble with an independent film.

Charlie Birnbaum, manager of the Stonzek Theater was surprised to know that Room was only going to be screened here, at least for the month of December. “I would have thought more theaters would be interested in showing it”, Birnbaum said. “It’s gotten great reviews everywhere, so I’m surprised no one else has taken an interest.” Additionally, he stated that it is always difficult to know what the audience will like in terms of independent films, particularly in the West Palm Beach area. “Lots of times, I book films thinking that the audience will love them and nobody shows up,” he said. “You just never know with this audience.”

LAKE WORTH, Fl (2015, 1 October). Charlie Birnbaum in his office at the Lake Worth Playhouse, with a poster of last year's L-Dub Film Festival seen at left. Photo by: Adriana Delgado.
LAKE WORTH, Fl (2015, 1 October). Charlie Birnbaum in his office at the Lake Worth Playhouse. Photo by: Adriana Delgado.

It is a possibility that after the anticipated world premiere of Star Wars, theaters will begin to screen the films that are rumored to be strong Golden Globe and possibly Oscar contenders. Room certainly deserves more screening space in local movie theaters, as do other independent film festival winners such as Heart of Dog, The Salt Of The Earth, and those to be released in 2016: From Afar, A Bigger Splash, and the stop-motion animation feature Anomalisa, just to name a few.


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Art Film File is a site for cinephiles ,who like myself, have a deep respect, love, and admiration for independent and foreign films of every era. Readers who follow Art Film File are for the most part adverse to the "Hollywood Blockbuster" theorem (although there are many good ones out there) showing instead a strong inclination to connect with films that explore topics such as life, identity and philosophy without necessarily following a neat studio-oriented narrative. In the past, much like it is now, many independent and foreign films get done many times with countless challenges. Small budgets, little or no outside funding and absence of willing distributors are some of the problems that many American and foreign independent filmmakers face regularly. Art Film File acts as a conduit in bringing these films, past and present, to the public's attention. Art Film File is also a site that displays detailed reviews about films they haven't seen as well as for films they have seen and wish to share their own views. I plan to include interviews with filmmakers and actors of indie and foreign films in addition to articles depicting topics of interest for readers who already follow Art Film File and for those waiting to discover it. Adriana Delgado Founder and Blog Manager of Art Film File

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