In a town lacking diverse entertainment options, foreign film is an unfamiliar concept. The selection of foreign film is sparse in movie rental stores like Blockbuster, and it’s nonexistent in mainstream movie theaters. Opting for a Hollywood blockbuster is more convenient, so why should viewers be interested in foreign film?
“If I go see a Hollywood flick, I get bored,” said Out North Executive Director Mike Huelsman. “You get a better concept of what the world is like (from foreign films), rather than of what Anchorage is like.”
Bear Tooth Theatre Facilities Manager Rand Thornsley said that foreign films are more educational than Hollywood blockbusters because they give the viewer a broader perspective.
Note that theater listings will often indicate whether a foreign-language film has English subtitles. The following are locations at which viewers can satisfy their visual appetites for foreign films in Anchorage.
Metro Music and Books
530 E Benson Blvd. Suite 9
If you want to rent a foreign flick, Metro Music and Books is a well-stocked location. At Metro, foreign films are in higher demand than Hollywood blockbusters. As a result, there is more variety in the foreign films section than at Blockbuster or other mainstream video rental stores. Metro can credit their general selection of foreign film to the recommendations of loyal customers. At $3.99 per movie rental, viewers can rent up to one week.
3800 Debarr Rd
Luckily for viewers with a short attention span, Out North features independent and foreign films that are much shorter than full-length feature films. Film shorts are like short stories, running about ten minutes in length. The Independent Exposure film fest features a compilation of shorts that lasts about an hour in total. Offered regularly, Independent Exposure films are art-orientated, developed with more aesthetic features. Aside from Independent Exposure, Out North is an abundant source for film festivals. Manhattan Short Film Festival is a major film shorts festival at the end of September, in which viewers vote on the best film short. Out North is one of 99 venues across 33 countries participating in the festival.
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Bear Tooth Theatre Pub
1230 W 27th Ave
At Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, viewers can enjoy an affordable dinner and a movie evening soir?e simultaneously. In addition to previously released movies, Bear Tooth features independent and foreign films not offered in mainstream movie theaters. One-fourth of the films shown at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub are foreign films. They are typically shown on Monday with $3 admission.
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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
121 West 7th Ave.
For a weekend evening downtown, the Anchorage Museum showcases “Movies for Your Mind,” independent films that tend to be intellectually based. The films featured at the museum may not be classified as foreign; however, the independent films originate from both the United States and other countries. Tickets cost $4 for museum members and $6 for general admission. Films are shown Saturday through Sunday at 6 p.m.
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