About this 26 1/2 year series of Movie Monday programs.
Here is the series of programs over the 26½ years of Movie Monday events. The PDF’s of the programs are presented chronologically and dated with the year and then the month(s). For example, “2007 7.8” is 2007 July into August while “2008 1.0” is 2008 January. The events are also individually listed chronologically and alphabetically as they appeared on the Movie Monday website.
The first event was a paste up of Cannery Row on June 14, 1993, with the briefest of write ups and the simple message “Be there or be square”. 14 people came.
My confidence grew gradually, (being fresh out of the psych ward). I put up 3 more events.Then I settled in to making up programs with six events per page.I was getting my kids to help me enter the text into the 1990ish computer and print it out on the dot matrix printer. Then, I would get the VHS boxes from our neighbourhood video store, take them to the corner copy shop and photocopy them. All this was black and white and laboriously chopped up, pasted up and outlined with felt pen. I did it that way for seven years. A big improvement was when a friend offered to print my program copy on her inkjet printer. But she was across town, so I had to do the drive to pick up that much slicker copy. Eventually we bought our own inkjet printer but for years I was still physically pasting up each program featuring three events on an 81/2 x 14 sheet (they would act as 3-event larger posters) and then reduce-copying two of those to an 8 1/2 x 11 page with Movie Monday logo added to each. Eventually my boys stopped doing the computer work for me, insisting on me doing my own, and I timidly learned with their help.
The March 16 – April 20, 2020 program was a great lineup but we didn’t get to show it.
In mid-March Movie Monday was shuttered, like so many public events, because of the COVID safety restrictions, especially as our theatre is in a hospital setting. After a year and a half it seemed like it would still be a good while before people would be comfortable to crowd into our theatre to watch a film together, so the Movie Monday board and I decided after a year to wind down the society. It was time.
For years I wrote up something to put on the back sides of the 6 event programs given out at the door. I hoped people would read them while sitting, waiting for the show to begin. They were mainly focussed on things and people I was thinking of at the time; movers and shakers in the mental health field (see 19983.0 Psychiatry and Fun), thoughts on how movies bring people together, challenges to the mental health system, to professionals to participate. Sometimes the piece would be promoting an upcoming festival or guest and even a nightmare. Here are a few of them.