In the summer of 2011, a movie called Love Orchard, starring Bruce Dern and Columbia County's own Kristanna Loken, who grew up on Love Apple Farm in Ghent, was filmed here in Hudson, at the Columbia County courthouse. The film was shown last year at the Chatham Film Festival, but, recently renamed Fighting for Freedom, it will have its theatrical release next month, on September 13, opening in two theaters--on the West Coast, at the Laemmle Theatre in North Hollywood, and on the East Coast, at Fairview Cinema 3, just across the border in Greenport.
When she was growing up here in Columbia County, Loken and her family were regulars at Fairview Cinema 3. Now, with an established film career and her own production company, Loken wants to help the movie house of her childhood survive.
As reported on Gossips previously, the major studios have announced that, starting in 2014, all movies will be distributed in digital format. To stay in business, Bruce Mitchinson, owner of Fairview Cinema 3, needs to equip all three theaters at Fairview Cinema 3 with DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) compliant projectors and sound systems. He purchased new digital equipment for one of the theaters last year, but to remain profitable, he needs digital projectors in the other two theaters as well.
To benefit Fairview Cinema 3 and help Mitchinson get the digital projectors he needs, Loken and her father, writer Chris Loken, who wrote the screenplay for the film, have arranged for the East Coast premiere of Fighting for Freedom to take place at Fairview Cinema 3. Mark your calendars (yes, it's Friday the 13th, but who's superstitious?) and look for more information about the event on Gossips as it becomes available.
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The image of Kristanna Loken in the courtroom of the Columbia County courthouse is a screen capture from the movie trailer.