Movies that are not usually seen in theaters are continuing to show at the University.
For more than 30 years the Valley Film Society (VFS), which originally started at Delta College, has screened movies from all over the world.
VFS kicked off this year’s season with “A Man and a Woman” in October and will launch the second half of the screenings Friday, Jan. 13, with “Elsa and Fred.”
In May, members vote on between 50 and 100 movies to show for the next season.
The films are narrowed down to 15 to 17 films to present throughout the academic year.
Judy Johnson, a box office manager, said she enjoys getting to pick films she usually wouldn’t see around the area.
Although the price for a student at the University costs $5, compared to the regular price of $25, the group is mainly composed of residents of the surrounding Tri-Cities.
A trial membership available for non-students allows two admissions for $6.
At 7:30 p.m. Fridays in Curtiss 100, VFS presents one to two classic or contemporary films.
Films from the group were originally featured on show reels, but switched over to DVDs when Groening Commons was built, which moved the group’s screenings to its present location.
Members of VFS enjoy the location because of the theater atmosphere and sound quality available there.
The screenings generally bring around 50 members.
The group saw a spike in numbers at a showing last year when it presented “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Some active members enjoy sharing their interests in films with other members.
“It’s fun meeting all the different people,” Jane Peters, a box office manager said.
Due to the retirement of one of the board members, there were not as many showings during the fall semester as the winter semester is set to have.
“It took a while to get things going,” Johnson said.
Johnson has been active within VFS for over 30 years.
Johnson believes many will enjoy the film, “The Cup,” set to screen Friday, May 11.
“It might be interesting to students,” she said. “In it, monks want to see the World Cup, but don’t have a TV to watch it on.”
Many members believe “The Day of the Jackal” will draw in a large audience.
Filmed in 1973 in the United Kingdom and France, its storyline revolves around an assassin that is hired to murder the French president.
“You can experience other cultures and how they survive,” Johnson said. “I would really like to see some foreign students come to our events.”
From January to March the group will show the following films: “Iris,” “I Served the King of England,” “The Long Good Friday,” “Smiles of a Summer Night,” “The Day I Became a Woman” and “The Innocent.”
April and May screenings include “Bride Flight,” “Water” and “All the Mornings of the World.”