Act One Film Society

The Act One Film Society launched in January 2016 as a spin-off subgroup of Chapter One, in order to allow interested group members to enjoy and discuss great cinema.  The group focuses primarily on classic or influential films, or movies with a cult following. 

Each month, Act One watches two films selected by group members, and discussion takes place online.  The films currently scheduled are noted below.

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July 16 - 31, 2018

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Directed by David Wain

Film #62

Set in 1981 at the idyllic Camp Firewood, Wet Hot American Summer follows staff and campers as they prepare for the last day of camp. Interspersing tales of romantic encounters between counselors, the antics of the shell-shocked veteran camp chef, the trials and tribulations of putting together the greatest talent show Camp Firewood has ever had and the looming threat of Skylab, Wet Hot American Summer has developed a strong cult following, as well as both prequel and sequel TV series, in part due to its star-studded cast including Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler among others.


August 1 - 15, 2018

Them! (1954)

Directed by Gordon Douglas

Film #63

One of the first "nuclear monster" films the 50s became famous for and the first entry in the "big bug" subgenre, Them! follows FBI agent Robert Graham (James Arness) and police Sgt. Ben Peterson (James Whitmore) as they try to save humanity from gigantic irradiated ants created by the early atomic tests in New Mexico. Also featuring performances from Joan Weldon and Edmund Gwenn, Them! has been regarded by modern critics as one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s and one of the best creature features ever made.

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August 16 - 31, 2018

Mean Girls (2004)

Directed by Mark Waters

Film #64

A modern cult classic which became a cultural phenomenon, Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, a teen who starts public high school after spending her whole life being homeschooled by her parents in Africa. The naïve Cady soon becomes overwhelmed by high school politics and finds herself caught up in the plots of her new friend Janis (Lizzy Caplan) to overthrow the Plastics, the school’s reining queen bees. Showcasing performances by Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried, few movies have produced more quotes or memes from modern audiences as Mean Girls.