By Jessica Tuggle
SEBASTIAN -- Classic American films will be the topic of discussion at the North Indian River County library this summer and fall.
From January through April when Sebastian snowbirds are in town, the library shows travel films, but once May hits, usually there is nothing offered, said Daniel Clark, library computer specialist at the library in Sebastian.
"Particularly for the off-season, I thought we could continue to show films, but do it a little different and feature classic films in our collection and have discussions," he said.
"FlickChats" will be held at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month from May through December.
"The films will be classic films that have stood the test of time, films that audience members have seen and enjoyed and critics have proclaimed to be great films," Mr. Clark said.
Mr. Clark, who has a master's degree in cinema from Columbia University and has been involved in filmmaking both professionally and as a hobbyist, leads the discussions after the viewing.
It will be like a book discussion club, except with movies. A group of people can watch a movie much faster than the same group of people could all read a book, so a movie discussion will be quick and easy, and hopefully will encourage more people to participate, Mr. Clark said.
The first film, shown May 2, was a lesser known 1950s film by Alfred Hitchcock, "The Trouble with Harry."
"It's a light-hearted film on the surface, but underneath it is that old Alfred Hitchcock scary film," Mr. Clark said.
People are accustomed to reading books that are older but don't even think about watching films more than 20 years old, he said.
"Just because a film was made way back when, doesn't mean it's no good. There are a lot of movies that are exciting, full of energy, make you think and pull you in to be emotionally involved," Mr. Clark said.
The next film to be shown and discussed will be announced closer to the show date, but Mr. Clark does have a few ideas for films he would like to cover this year.
Other 1950s-era films likely to be featured are "The African Queen" with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, and "On the Waterfront," with Marlon Brando.
FlickChats are free and open to the public.
For more information about FlickChats or other library programming, call (772) 589-1355 or visit www.sebastianlibrary.com.