November 5, 2012

Bastrop: Rising from the Ashes

On Monday, November 5, Concordia University Texas students and Austin-area residents can get a sneak peek of the soon-to-open Galaxy Moviehouse & Eatery, located at 8300 North FM 620 in Austin, all while supporting victims of the Central Texas wildfires.

The theater – which will officially open for business on November 9 --has partnered with Concordia University to host benefit screenings of “Bastrop: Up From the Ashes”, a feature-length documentary created by two students which chronicles the aftermath of the Central Texas wildfires.

Attendees at the November 5 event will get one of the first chances to see the film in the theater's general admission or premium dine-in auditoriums. All ticket sales from the event will go to All About Families, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to the families affected by the fires.

“We are a community-focused theater, and so honored to have the opportunity to help our neighbors affected by the fires,” said Mark McLaughlin, General Manager, Galaxy Moviehouse & Eatery. “There really couldn’t be a better way for us to unveil the theater, and we look forward to an going relationship with Concordia and finding ways to really build community together.”

“Bastrop: Rising from the Ashes” was created after Concordia University student James Headrick witnessed the devastation first-hand while filming the volunteer efforts of 120 students who took part in a television home-makeover project.

Over the course of seven months, Headrick and classmate David Reece worked to produce the documentary, interviewing countless families who lost their homes to the fires, and chronicling the rebuilding efforts that brought the community together in the face of tragedy.

“It was really a passion project for both David and myself,” said James Headrick, the film’s producer and Concordia University student. “Our hope is that this film allows us to not only help affected families share their stories, but to get back on their feet as they continue to rebuild their lives.”

General admission and dine-in tickets for the event can be purchased for $7.50 and $12, with advanced purchase tickets available at discounted prices of $5 and $10 through October 22. Showtimes start at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Various departments from Concordia will be on site promoting events and programs of interest to the community in addition to representatives from All ABout Families and Firewise. The filmmakers will also be available for questions.

“Having The Trails open across from Concordia’s campus provides a great opportunity for partnerships,” said Chris Beck, Association Vice President for External Relations. “We’re excited to have Galaxy support our students and give back to the community. It’s an extension of Concordia’s commitment of demonstrating servant leadership.”

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