Outdoor Movies in Haiti: September 20, 2011
Things are going well here in Haiti with Open Air Cinema's efforts to produce outdoor movie screenings in Port-au-Prince and in surrounding cities.В Contact us today at 866-802-8202 to dontate to our efforts of bringing cinema to those who remain displaced and affected by the earthquake that shook Haiti in 2010. We are getting ready for some upcoming outdoor movies, and are making the necessary preparations. Producing an outdoor movie anywhere can take some time and planning, but putting on an outdoor cinema screening in Haiti takes some extra work. Keeping our outdoor movie equipment clean and in working order is more of a challenge here, as conditions are so dusty and humid.В That means we need to be constantly changing or cleaning the filter on our video projectors, cleaning the projection surface on our inflatable screens, and cleaning our Cinebox consoles and the components associated with it.В Of course, these are good things to do anywhere, but this is an essential part of making sure we can continue to offer outdoor cinema to the people of Port-au-Prince. Another major concern is making sure we have enough power for the duration of the screening.В Unlike most movies in the park events, we can't simply plug our outdoor movie systems into the city's power supply, and even if there was power available, there are regular power outages, so we need to run all of our equipment off of generators.В But this is a standard practice even in the United States and in more developed countries, so the generators that we use work great and are sufficient for our power needs. Also, securing the event location can be a bit more difficult here, as we need to work with neighborhood organizations, and there aren't standard ways of renting out specific locations. We've definitely been able to screen events where we want, but securing a location takes a bit more work and planning, as opposed to simply contacting a park manager and scheduling a date for an event. Even with the additional work and precautions, producing an outdoor movie screening with Open Air Cinema's outdoor cinema equipment makes the events easy and turnkey when it comes to actual production the night of the screening. The 20' inflatable screens we are using set up quickly, and the Cinebox audio visual console makes it easy to connect any audio visual device. We've been screening the events through an Apple Macbook Pro computer, as it provides a flexible range of options for media. We can play DVDs, screen a live event if we have an internet or television connection, or play digital files through Quicktime or VLC.В The Macbook Pro enables quick response for troubleshooting, and we can also use the machine for administrative purposes. We'll continue to update the blog as we get ready for our upcoming events.В If you are interested in donating to our efforts in Haiti, or if you are interested in purchasing your own Cinebox outdoor movie system, contact us today at 866-802-8202.