Celebrating Judy Garland’s centenary as part of the Bates Film Festival

The 2022 Bates Film Festival runs from Tuesday March 29 to Sunday April 2. Photo submitted

The 2022 Bates Film Festival will pay tribute to screen icon Judy Garland with a centenary celebration. In honor of the star’s 100th birthday, the festival will present a special screening of Garland’s 1944 classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Nordica Theater in Freeport. After the screening, Griffin will host “A Centennial Celebration of Judy Garland” at 1:30 p.m. at Meetinghouse Arts in Freeport. This event will feature a discussion of Garland’s life and multi-faceted career.

The acclaimed MGM musical was directed by Oscar-winning actor Vincente Minnelli, whom Garland married a year after the film’s release. Minnelli biographer and Lewiston native Mark Griffin will introduce the film. “It’s a great privilege and honor to be part of the Bates Film Festival,” says Griffin. “I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to celebrate the incomparable artistry of Judy Garland. Although more than fifty years have passed since Judy’s untimely death, she remains very much alive thanks to her extraordinary work. »

In 1939, Garland received a special Oscar for her “outstanding performance as a juvenile on screen” in “The Wizard of Oz”. This was followed by Oscar nominations for ‘A Star is Born’ (1954) and ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (1961). In 1961, Garland became the first woman to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year for the live recording “Judy at Carnegie Hall”.

During the Meetinghouse Arts event, Griffin will invite attendees to participate in a quiz and view Judy Garland memorabilia from her personal collection. Meetinghouse Arts is located at 40 Main St., Freeport.

The screening of “Meet Me in St. Louis” and the centennial celebration are free and open to the public.

For more information and the full Bates Film Festival schedule, please visit www.bates.edu/bff or the film festival pages on Instagram and Facebook.

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