Brokeback Mountain screening at State Theatre

posted by johntru on February 8, 2007 at 8:00 am

BAY CITY, MI — Fans from all over the country will be attending a special screening of the movie Brokeback Mountain on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the State Theatre in Bay City, Michigan.

There will be autographed posters and original costumes from the movie on display at the theatre.

This special screening is being sponsored by John Trudell (BayCityJohn), a member of the internet group The Ultimate Brokeback Forum. This is a great opportunity to see the film on the big screen, and to meet other passionate fans of great filmmaking. It has been suggested by a number of fellow fans of the film that the 2007 Oscar telecast not be viewed in favor of watching the film that should have won the Best Picture Oscar, Brokeback Mountain.

This has already been publicized on The Ultimate Brokeback Forum, a website established by journalist Dave Cullen, and it boasts over 5,000 subscribers worldwide and contains over a half million individually posted items.

You may not know that members of the Forum raised over $25,000 in a matter of a few days in order to place a full-page ad in Daily Variety, March 10, 2006, five days after the Oscar debacle, thanking the creators, cast and crew of Brokeback Mountain for transforming the lives of countless people around the world through the magic and power of the best film of 2005 and proceeded to enumerate the many organizations that awarded its top honor to the film. You may view the ad at this address:

The placement of this ad received national media attention and is completely unprecedented in the annals of motion picture history that any kind of full-page ad had been placed in Daily Variety after the Oscars for a film that did not win Best Picture. The ad was placed as a positive expression of support for the film rather than expressing anger at the Academy’s surprising decision.

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Comments (12)

Eric on February 8, 2007 at 12:31 pm

I’ll definitely be in attendance. ;–)

planetgal471 on February 8, 2007 at 2:27 pm

I am attending as well. Thank you so much, BayCityJohn, for organizing this unique and amazing event.

michaelflanagansf on February 8, 2007 at 2:44 pm

I can’t wait to see ‘Brokeback Mountain’ on the big screen again! And I’m twice as excited that I get to see it at the State Theater – I’ve seen the Mayan Revival interior once(designed by architect C. Howard Crane in 1930!), but I’ve never had the opportunity to see a film there. Both the movie and the theater are treasures and I’m so pleased to see this there that I’m traveling from California!

BBMISwear on February 8, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I’ll be flying in from Boston for this wonderful event! I can’t wait to see Brokeback Mountain on the big screen again…and to watch it with so many people that feel the same way that I do about the best film ever made is absolutely priceless. I am looking forward to seeing those that I have met before and so many that I haven’t met yet (especially you awesome writers whose stories I read every day)! Thank you, John, for organizing this…you’re the best!

GerryG on February 8, 2007 at 4:12 pm

I’ll be flying in from San Antonio, TX for this special occasion to see Brokeback Mountain in the beautiful State Theater. A wonderful opportunity to see both gems at one time.

San Antonio boasts a few historic theaters as well, the Majectic, Empire, Aztec, Mayan and Alameda. In addition, only the facade of the famed Texas Theater remains, after a midnight raid by the wrecking ball was stopped by the Historic Preservation Officer about 30 years ago by standing in front of the demolition team.

melissasjack on February 8, 2007 at 8:10 pm

I will be driving up with sevearl friends from Chicago, IL for this once in a lifetime event.
We are renting a car and driving up to Bay City for the weekend…My “caravan” members will be coming from California, Connecticut and Texas.
This is a dream come true for me to see this movie that has changed my life on the big screen. I will be forever grateful to John for giving us this gift…and in such a beautiful historic theatre too.
15 days and counting and yah, I await sunday Feb 25 with bated breath.

Thank you, John.
Hugs from,

twistennis on February 8, 2007 at 8:13 pm

I’ll be coming from Maine and look forward to watching Brokeback Mountain once again on the big screen. Thank you to BayCityJohn and State Theatre for organizing this great event!

acffdn on February 8, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Thanks, John, for this wonderful opportunity to celebrate and revisit Brokeback Mountain, the most-honored film of 2005, at the historical State Theatre. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.

killersmom on February 8, 2007 at 8:42 pm

I too am coming from San Antonio, TX and am familiar with the beautiful theaters similar to the State Theater. I am so happy and lucky to be able to see this beautiful movie on the big screen of the State Theater, due to the hard work of John in his organization of this wonderful event. It will be a fantasic to see so many who love and feel the same about this great movie, those I have met and those I have not.

RodneyFL on February 8, 2007 at 10:11 pm

Let me add my thanks John for all your hard work in getting this event planned and brought to pass! Seeing Brokeback on the big screen, especially in a historic theater like the State, will be an experience cherished for a lifetime. You want to hear of the magical drawing power of this film? This resident of south Florida will be flying northward into the land of freezing temperatures and snow cover just to participate in this event. I can hardly wait to freeze my ass off!

paintedshoes on February 9, 2007 at 7:06 am

I am flying to Bay City from the Washington, DC area to share this marvelous experience. It will be fantastic to see the Best Film Ever Made in such a beautiful environment as the State Theater, especially as I will be with so many like-minded friends!

Thank you, John, for making this event possible.

Jaysmommy on February 9, 2007 at 8:08 am

I’m flying in from Minneapolis to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience. A huge thank-you to BayCityJohn for planning this event. It will be so wonderful to see this film, which has had such an intense and amazing impact on my life, in a beautiful theater, surrounded by friends who share the passion of Brokeback Mountain. I’m especially thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to sing for my Brokeback sisters and brothers!

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