Rick Winston

Rick Winston is co-owner of the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, Vermont.

Recent Articles

The Disappearing Movie House

One of the most accomplished and moving American films of recent years is David Riker's The City ( La Ciudad ), the recipient of many international film festival awards. It was shot over a period of six years, and depicts the everyday struggles of Central American and Mexican immigrants in New York. Its emotional integrity, stunning black-and-white cinematography, and poignant performances by a mainly nonprofessional cast have earned it comparisons with Italian neo-realist classics such as The Bicycle Thief and Shoeshine . But the chances of this extraordinary film "coming to a theater near you" are rather small. The City is but the latest of many films that garner enthusiasm on the festival circuit but then face a daunting task in finding a larger audience. One place that will be showing The City is the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, Vermont, a one-screen theater devoted to nonmainstream films (the current phrase of choice to describe such ventures is "specialty house"). The Savoy,...