Happy “1984” day!

Tonight (April 4) the Violet Crown  (various times). and the Alamo Ritz at 7 p.m. are screening Michael Radford’s “1984” as part of the United State of Cinema  national screening event.

April 4 is the day in the story wherein Winston Smith (John Hurt in the film)( begins writing in his diary. About 200 theaters across the country and beyond have signed up.

The Violet Crown screening will raise money for the Austin charity Art for the Streets, which provides a space for “the positive spirit of artistic expression for our local homeless community,” as their site puts it.  Violet Crown began partnering with Art for the Streets at the beginning of the year and displays artwork from the organization in our cinema; the pieces available for purchase by VC guests. One hundred percent of VC’s net ticket sales for the “1984” screenings will go to Art for the Streets.

Radford filmed an introduction and post-screening discussion ( produced by Violet Crown Films and Santa Fe-based Atalaya Productions) which will play before and after screenings in all participating theaters.

Check out Radford’s introduction: