Abby Deaton - Community Blogger
Abby Deaton
Abby Deaton, a senior communication major at Goshen College, is working with FiveCore Media General Manager Kyle Hufford to research the use of video on community blogs through the college's Maple Scholars program.

Deaton will be creating videos that focus on events and people in the Goshen community. In the summer of 2013, she did a similar project for Goshen Commons. She is one of several former Goshen Common's bloggers that will be contributing to The Elkhart Truth's Community Bloggers section until Goshen Commons returns the fall of 2015.

VIDEO: A small theater with big character

Art House is a small theater tucked away in downtown Goshen. What viewers soon discover is that this small indie theater has a lot to offer to the Goshen Community. Find out more in this feature video. 

Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

Hiding away on the upper level of 212 Main St. is a cinema sanctuary worth discovering. Art House reinvented the space where New Worlds Arts once was and transformed it into a movie theater last year. Art House was started by a group that wanted to bring their love of indie films to the Goshen community. Art House board member Sara Wakefield felt that an indie film theater would be a great match for a town like Goshen.

“I think it’s important to have multiple venues for viewing art,” Wakefield said. “We have lots of art in Goshen, but we only had one resource for film.”

The films shown at Art House recently have all been films that have come out in the last year. The films shown are ones that you would not typically see at places like Linway Plaza and are considered to be more artistic or indie films. Wakefield believes these indie films should be thought of like literature.

Abby Deaton is a senior at Goshen College who is creating a series of videos about people in the Goshen community as part of the Maple Scholars program. Visit her community blog for The Elkhart Truth, Speaking of Goshen..., to see more of her work.

“I talk about these movies like I talk about books, which is not usually how I talk about films,” Wakefield explained, “the character development is so amazing because these are like a different quality of films.”

Art House board member Dave Kendall said part of the challenge facing Art House is getting people who may not typically watch artistic films to go to the various showings.

Kendall says, “I believe people can become film buffs, can become film lovers, can become appreciators of the types of films that will be playing at Art House.”

Kendall is helping to create film buffs by occasionally hosting talkbacks after films. He has an MFA in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BS in art education from Ball State University. He currently teaches at Goshen High School but is looking forward to the opportunity to teach about films to a more diverse audience.

“These talkbacks are really geared towards processing the film,” said Kendall. “At first glance you might not understand the point they (the filmmaker) are trying to make. After processing and talking about it with a group of people you can potentially break down what it means.”

The addition of talkback sessions is just one of several efforts Art House has made to attract a wider audience to their films, which are shown every weekend. They recently started giving out free popcorn at showings and set up table tennis in the back room for its most recent film, “Ping Pong Summer.” Art House advertises its latest films on its website, Facebook page and on RedPost, as well as giving people the option to be notified via text or email about the showtimes and films for the following weekend. Wakefield said Art House board members would really like to buy a marquee but need to raise more money before they can purchase one.

Kendall believes the best way to get the word out is for audience members to bring friends with them to view the films. He believes Art House provides more to an audience than just entertainment.

“Other movie theaters are just too big,” said Kendall. “At that level it really is getting people in, selling popcorn and drinks, getting them back out, and getting the next group in. Art House is about giving the people an experience.”

Both Kendall and Wakefield feel Art House provides cultural benefits to the Goshen community and hope to see more people attending the films. Wakefield believes artistic films may sometimes provide the viewer a greater challenge, but also a greater reward.

“I know a lot of people sort of shy away from watching less generally ‘entertaining’ movies because maybe you aren’t going to be in the happiest place after it’s done,” said Wakefield, “but you are going to be in a different place and you’re going to have gone somewhere. Isn’t that what you want art to do? Take you somewhere?”

“Ping Pong Summer” will be shown this weekend, followed by “Arlo and Julie” next weekend. Go to Art House’s website to find out more about upcoming films. If you would like to rent out the space for a viewing party, you can also find that contact information on its website or Facebook page.

Would you like to become a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth? Get in touch with community manager Ann Elise Taylor at ataylor@elkharttruth.com.

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