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WJCT Bringing Classics Back To The Big Screen With 3x5 Classic Film Festival

Does the word “rosebud” spark excitement or nostalgia for you? If the answer is yes, WJCT has your ticket next month.The 3x5 Classic Film Festival, March 28-30 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, will offer a chance to see Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane and four other films considered by some to be among the greatest of all time.

Festival organizer and WJCT Music Director David Luckin spoke with Karen Feagins about the upcoming event.

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WJCT's 3x5 Classic Film Festival is coming to Ponte Vedra Concert Hall next month.

WJCT is launching the festival, during which five films will be shown in three days, with sponsorship by The Brumos Companies.

“We thought we would do a little mini-festival,” said Luckin.

“I got inspired by going to the Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo last year and thought, let’s come back, let’s show films like Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Big Sleep and Notorious, in a festival setting where you come in and you just, you can’t get enough.”

WJCT’s Melissa Ross will host the festival and a special guest will introduce each movie. Al Letson is scheduled to introduce Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

“It’s a political movie but it’s so everyman,” said Luckin. “It’s really the story of America, where anyone can get there, but as Jimmy Stewart shows you, not without a lot of opposition sometimes."

Attendees will be able to see the theatrical versions of the films. Often films on television are presented in so-called “pan and scan” versions, narrowing what can be seen by the home viewer.

“Now you’re going to see the full picture, the way it was meant to be,” Luckin said.

Aside from the cinematic classics, opening night will feature with a reception accompanied by piano jazz performer John Thomas. Day two will feature a Wizard of Oz costume contest. Guests will also be able to enjoy food from Lillie’s Coffee Bar and original artwork throughout the festival.

“It’s just more fun,” said Luckin, when asked about the difference between watching a classic film on the big screen as opposed to watching on television.

“It’s also fun to watch these films with a crowd and you’re all laughing and crying and smiling at the same time.”

Tickets, priced at $7.50 for a single screening or $25 for the entire weekend, are available at Proceeds from the festival will benefit WJCT.


WJCT and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s 3x5 Classic Film Festival - Schedule

Friday, March 28

7 p.m. - Opening Reception at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall with piano jazz performed by John Thomas.

8 p.m. - Citizen Kane

Saturday, March 29

2 p.m. Matinee - The Wizard of Oz

5 p.m. - Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

8 p.m. - The Big Sleep

Sunday, March 30

2 p.m. Matinee - Notorious

You can follow Karen Feagins @karenfeagins, David Luckin @DavidLuckin and Lindsey Kilbride @lindskilbride.

David Luckin joined WJCT as a development producer in 2000, bringing with him 19 years’ experience as a Jacksonville news photographer and a lifelong passion for music. The New York native hosted his first local music program at Gainesville’s NPR affiliate while earning his degree at the University of Florida.
Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.
Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.