Nevada County Arts was founded in 2009 as the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County, and although our name has changed, collaboration remains a cornerstone of the organization. Our latest collaboration, with the Magic Lantern Film Society, is “Pages to Reel” — a unique program that promotes literature and film, enhancing the experience of each.
Every other month, a novel will be selected and the film based upon the novel will be shown at The Magic Theatre. The film will be followed by a lively discussion and Q-and-A session exploring the cultural, historical, political and literary context of the book and film.
“Pages to Reel is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn something new about film, literature, and screenwriting; meet like-minded people; and of course, have fun,” said Jesse Locks, festival director of the Nevada City Film Festival, who also oversees the festival’s Magic Lantern Film Society.
Friday, Pages to Reel kicks off with “On the Road” starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Amy Adams, and directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries). The film is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name and is based on the years he spent traveling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady. “On the Road” is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation.
After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in a discussion led by renowned local poet Chris Olander. Olander was artistic director for “The Poets Playhouse” reading series in Nevada City from 1989 to 1999; a director of the “Nevada County Poetry Series” (NCPS) at the Center For Arts in Grass Valley from 2000 to 2012; Poetry Coach for the National Poetry Out Loud competition (sponsored by the NEA and California Arts Council) since 2006. He has been an organizer for the Berkeley Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival each Fall in Berkeley since 1999 and has published three chapbooks and one audio tape/CD of poetry.
Olander will speak about the social and political backdrop of the novel and the novel’s influence on American culture. He states, “ I think “On the Road” is a very significant novel for all to read because it addresses American social, sexual, adolescent and political values, and the morals and ethics of American teenagers — a good book for all high school seniors and especially college students to read.”
Copies of the book can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller. A list of questions to keep in mind while reading will be included with the book purchase.
Potential upcoming books/films include “The Remains of the Day” and “Life of Pi.” Programs featuring children’s literature and films are also being considered. “This is a very literary and film-savvy community, and we hope to get their input as we develop our future programming,” said JoAnn Marie, NCArts board member and chair of their Literary Arts Committee.
Nevada County Arts facilitates collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.