Sorcerer Q&A with William Friedkin in Wichita.

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Leif Jonker, who organized the very successful Sorcerer screening in Wichita, KS, has made the Q&A with William Friedkin available on youtube.

Thanks to Leif for all his hard work, and of course to Mr. Friedkin for being so accommodating to fans of his work.

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Durham was great, get to Wichita.

10513260_10152305614336317_8812365825940216956_nFriday night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, Sorcerer and I reconnected in a theater after 37 years and a few weeks. What an experience.

There was a good crowd at the Carolina. Few had seen it, and it was fun to watch their reactions. As the bridge swayed and the trucks bobbed and weaved, several people leaned the other direction to help balance things out. There were gasps in all the places you’d expect them. And for some, the film proved to be a literal nail-biter. Sorcerer continues to play its audience like a violin. Friedkin had them right where he wanted them throughout.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen this film, but it continues to impress. In a theater, larger and louder, I got a feel for John Box’s design of Porvenir, something that had eluded me over the years. On the big screen, it is stunning in its detail. And I was struck not by the brilliance of Tangerine Dream’s score, but by Friedkin’s restraint in how it was used. And I’m always knocked out by the performances.

It was terrific to have this show up on Twitter that afternoon:

Sorcerer screening tweet

The Carolina’s presentation was wonderful. Picture and sound were flawless–The French Connection looked just as good. Thanks to Jim Carl for bringing it to town.

I urge anyone within driving distance to get to Wichita tonight.


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Friedkin helps plug Sorcerer in Wichita.


From a good Fredkin interview about the upcoming Sorcerer screenings in Wichita:

“”I’ve always loved the film… I’ve seen some of my films years later and been disappointed, and I wasn’t at all with Sorcerer.”

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Sorcerer makes another stop. Vancouver this time.

sorcererThese Sorcerer screenings are really in high gear these days.

It’s playing July 11 and 12 at the Vancity Theatre (home of the Vancouver International Film Festival). So if Durham or Wichita won’t work for ya, load up the truck and head to Vancouver.

With temperatures here in North Carolina threatening 100 degrees this week, Canada’s sounding pretty good.

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More on Friday’s Durham screening (and this blog).

Screen shot 2014-07-06 at 9.26.53 PM Screen shot 2014-07-06 at 9.31.02 PMSorcerer at Durham’s Carolina Theatre made The News & Observer today. So did The Sorcerer Blog. I was flattered. With screenings in smaller markets like Durham and Wichita getting attention (William Friedkin will do a Q&A via Skype after opening night in Wichita), this continues to be an exciting time for Friedkin’s masterpiece. You can read the N&O article here. And if you make it to the Carolina showing Friday night, be sure to say hello.

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37 years ago and about 10 miles away.

Sorcerer Valley adOn this day in 1977, my dad and I attended the 7PM showing of Sorcerer at the Valley Twin in Raleigh, North Carolina (about 10 miles from my home). Went again about a week later with my best friend James. (Had a box of Raisinets both times.)

Of course, at the time there were no blogs, no Blu-rays and no clue that this film would make such a lasting impression on me. Funny how things work out.

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Sorcerer headed for Wichita.

sorcerer_hz_webLeif Jonker contacted me the other day about a Sorcerer screening in Wichita, Kansas. I want to plug them all, so I asked him to send me some info on it. Turns out, the booking is all his doing. From his email:

Sorcerer being one of my all-time favorite movies, I was going crazy seeing all the showings happening around the country, knowing it wouldn’t come here to Wichita.  I have helped arrange horror festival screenings here the last three Octobers, but the management of the theater I work with had never heard of Sorcerer (like most people I’m meeting) and were skeptical anyone would show up for it.  I finally offered to pay for the screening myself if no one showed, and they agreed to let me roll the dice.”

Warren Oldtown Theatre & Grill
Wichita, KS
July 14 & 15, 7 & 10PM
Admission: $5

If you’re in that part of the country, make it out to one of these showings. It’s worth a road trip. Good work, Leif.

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