Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

1 Whispering Pines Ludlow, VT  05149

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[a 50l (c)(3) organization]

"Our purpose is to promote the use of the Ludlow Auditorium

for the benefit and entertainment of the people of Ludlow,

the surrounding Black River area, and its visitors"







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Don't Forget . . . Silent Movie Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 features 'Metropolis' plus music of Jeff Rapsis & Glenn Brown

"Metropolis" featured at Silent Movie Festival August 20

FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will feature the highly-praised German silent sci-fi film, "Metropolis", at its Silent Movie Festival on Saturday, August 20 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. Lang and his wife, Thea von Harbou, wrote the silent film, which starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. Erich Pommer produced it in the Babelsberg Studios for Universum Film A.G.. It is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature-length movies of the genre.

Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately five million Reichsmarks. The art direction draws influence from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design.

Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis.

Jeff Rapsis will return to the festival to offer his musical background music for this classic film. Glenn Brown will also reprise his piano talents offering background music for the short comic episode featured in a Buster Keaton short.

As with all FOLA films, admission is free; donations to underwrite the cost of the film and music are appreciated. Berkshire Bank will offer popcorn, while it lasts and FOLA will supply water. For information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at

Thanks to Your Support, FOLA Upgrades the Audio/Visual Systems in the Auditorium

As a result of the recent fund-raising drive, FOLA has been able to vastly improve the audio/visual systems in the Town Hall Auditorium and centralize all equipment management in a single location.

With the aid of Boston Soundworks, headed by Paul Terrazi, a new and considerably enhanced audio mixer was installed in the balcony location along with an audio equalizer. This provides centralized control of both the audio and stage lighting in one location. At the same time, Ken Cook, our electrician, was able to extend the house lighting controls into the balcony so that the a/v operators in the balcony can manage the a/v demands while controlling the house lighting.

The newly-installed devices were put to immediate use for the recent FOLA Follies in which all 12 cast members used newly-purchased wireless headset microphones, also made possible by the recent fund-raising. The result was excellent audio that the SRO audience appreciated and the ability of the audio-perator to control microphone use, volume, and tone by individual performer.

All of this was made possible by the generous donations made to underwrite these improvements by you - FOLA gratefully thanks you!

"Ex_Machina", Award-Winning Sci-Fi Film, Comes to Ludlow August 6

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"Ex_Machina" will be FOLA's next film at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday, August 6 at 7 PM.

Ex Machina is a 2015 British-American science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland in his directing debut, and produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined.

The Turing Test is a test, developed by Alan Turing in 1950, of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Turing proposed that a human evaluator would judge natural language conversations between a human and a machine that is designed to generate human-like responses.

The film is rated R.

Made on a budget of $15 million, the film grossed $36.9 million worldwide and received critical acclaim. The National Board of Review recognized it as one of the ten best independent films of the year, and it won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects over big-budget movies such as The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, while Vikander's acclaimed performance earned her BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Empire Awards, and Saturn Awards nominations.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free; donations are appreciated. Berksshire Bank will supply popcorn for the film while FOLA will offer water. For additional information, call (802) 228-7239 or visit FOLA's web site at


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for our next season?

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Thanks for helping us improve the quality of the audio in the auditorium!

With your help, FOLA has been able to upgrade the audio system used in the auditorium. In addition to the new - and vastly improved, audio mixer and equalizer recently installed, we've been able to make sure that every one on stage has individualized headset microphones. We've also improved the lighting controls so that everything for audio/visual is located in one location. This is all possible thanks to your generous donations.

Thanks so very much!



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