Learning Lessons of 'Groundhog Day'
What’s better than watching Bill Murray’s 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day” on Groundhog Day?
Watching said film on said holiday, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. for free at the Randolph Arts Guild.
But there’s more. In celebration of this culturally significant film, the Guild will host a “BYOP Contest.” That’s short for bring-your-own-popcorn. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of “Best Flavor,” “Most Creative” and “Is That Popcorn?!”
And finally, in honor of the special day for your favorite shadow-seeking rodent, the Guild will host a special guest lecture following the movie.
Chad Conville, director of auxiliary services for Randolph Community College, is a movie buff. And as life often imitates art, one of his favorite movies is “Groundhog Day.” He’s seen it at least 50 times.
And that’s not all, Conville, who holds a bachelor’s dgree in film studies from UNC Wilmington, recently wrote a thesis on the movie “just for fun.” It’s titled “Groundhog Day: Enlightenment through Knowledge, Humanity and Love.”
Whether you have watched the movie “Groundhog Day” (1993) once or over and over again, you have joined Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in his experiences and tribulations of an apparently never-ending day.
This film is so original and endearing that it has cemented itself into our cultural landscape. Not only has the title of the film become short hand for universal experience of “the worst day ever,” it is also been described as one of the most spiritual films of all time and is even recognized by the National Film Registry Board as “culturally and aesthetically significant,” gaining submission into the Library of Congress.
Join Conville for a discussion on why Phil Connors is stuck in time and how his journey and ongoing personal reflection allows him to “evolve” into a better person.
In addition Chad will shed insight on the casting, production and development of the film as well as show why Bill Murray, one of modern film’s most intriguing personas, is the only choice to play the challenging role of Phil Connors.
Randolph Arts Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro.
“Groundhog Day” is directed by Harold Ramis and is rated PG.
No preliminary registration for the popcorn contest is required. Interested parties should simply bring their entry on the night of the event.
For more information on this or other creative opportunities in and around Randolph County, contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399 or visit www.randolphartsguild.com.
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