The Majestic Theatre will be hosting a fundraiser on December 19th-20th, to assist in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser will be a special two-day, limited seating preview of the film HOLLER that was filmed in Jackson, Ohio and Chillicothe, Ohio during the winter of 2019.
Recently the Majestic Theatre announced the suspension of its live programming due to the pandemic and restrictions set in place. This fundraiser will allow the Majestic to screen the film to a limited audience of 72 patrons for each of its four showings, which follows capacity restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio.
HOLLER is set in a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio, where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up. A determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories by night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.
Nicole Riegel, writer and director of HOLLER states, “My film is a semi-autobiographical story about how challenging it was to transcend where I came from as a young woman, both practically and emotionally. Like Ruth, the teenage girl at the center of my story, and many young girls across America, I was vulnerable to a fractured system that felt rigged against me, particularly when it came to access to education for young people living the margins. HOLLER is not only a glimpse into that part of my life, but also a window into the lives of thousands of girls who, like Ruth, live in towns that are currently in a state of atrophy from fewer opportunities and a drinking population. They are faced with the choice of forced reinvention or abandoning their hometowns completely.”
Tickets are priced at $20 and went on sale October 19th. Tickets will be available through the theatre’s website and at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau.
In addition to ticket sales, the Majestic Theatre is hoping to raise funds from community partners to achieve a $10,000 fundraising goal from the special showing of HOLLER. The proceeds from fundraising efforts will be used to sustain the Majestic Theatre during this period where restrictions prevent productions to take place.
For more information about HOLLER, ticket sales, and the Majestic Theatre, please visit www.MajesticChillicothe.net.