The Rep: A Year in the Life of a Repertory Cinema


This fascinating documentary follows the lives of three passionate film geeks during the first year of operations of their single-screen repertory cinema. Its misfit owners/operators Alex, Charlie and Nigel dub their new venture ‘The Underground Cinema,’ and will stop at nothing to see their cinema succeed in the face of daunting competition from big box theatres and an ever-increasing multitude of home video alternatives, not to mention a cultural climate in which movies have become less of an experience and more of an activity. Offering a rare glimpse in to the vibrant, and often difficult, world of repertory and independent cinema exhibition, The Rep reveals the day-to-day operations, the struggles and the successes, while also offering a broader picture of the state of independent cinemas in North America. Featuring such indie theatres as the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, and the Film Forum in New York City, with commentary by filmmakers Kevin Smith, John Waters, Atom Egoyan, and George A. Romero, The Rep shows that the passion for unique, communal cinematic experiences is still alive and kicking. The question is, what does it take to succeed as an independent cinema, and will a larger audience recognize their cultural value before it’s too late? (Dir. by Morgan White, 2012, Canada, 98 mins., Not Rated, Tricon Films) Digital