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Did you know Buckhannon has a cinema club?

BUCKHANNON – Interested in discussions pertaining to avant-garde films?

Join the club – Buckhannon’s Cineclub, that is.

The local Cineclub is described as an informal club for Wesleyan students and the local community to watch cerebral and artistic films and then analyze them afterward with club members.

The idea of forming the club began in a classroom at West Virginia Wesleyan College between a student and a professor.

While teaching a video production course at WVWC, Jon Benjamin, who formed the club in fall 2017, said he would often discuss films with a student before class.

“I was teaching Video Production at Wesleyan and one of my students, Patrick Withers, would discuss his favorite films with me before class,” he said. “One day he suggested forming a club, so we could share great films with other folks.”

Since it began, Benjamin said the club sees anywhere between six to 20 viewers and continues to fluctuate. Some viewers stick around for discussion, while others leave after the film concludes.

Benjamin noted most of the films are geared toward folks who are 16 and older.

As for the next few months, the club already has several films lined up, including “Vagabond” directed by Agnès Varda, “Daisies” by Věra Chytilová, “Wanda” presented by Barbara Loden and other artistic flicks.

The club meets at 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights – every second and fourth Thursday, specifically – at Lascaux Micro-Theater in Traders Alley.

“It is free, free popcorn, friendly, and Lascaux is an amazing place to watch films on a big screen. If folks haven’t been to Lascaux, it is like an old-fashioned movie theater experience,” Benjamin said.

As for the club’s future, Benjamin said, “We just want to keep showing interesting films to cinephiles!”

More details on what film is playing when can be found on Facebook. Just search Buckhannon Cineclub!

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