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For Immediate Release
July 26, 2006

On the Other Side to present benefit screening for Harvard Square's Brattle Theater

B-Line films and Riding Shotgun announce an evening of independent film and music on Saturday night, August 12, 2006 . The event will take place at the Lilypad in Inman Square , located at 1353 Cambridge Street in Cambridge , MA . The proceeds of the show will benefit the Brattle Theatre’s “Preserve the Brattle Legacy” campaign.

Beginning at 7:00 PM , B-Line films will screen their 2005 New England Film & Video opening night film, On the Other Side. Boston-based instrumental trio Riding Shotgun will follow the screening with live music from their debut album NIGHTfalls, featuring “A Comfortable Silence”, which is currently heard as a bumper on 90.9 FM WBUR.

“The Brattle is one of the last true independent-thinking theatres around. We want it to continue that tradition,” says B-Line Films’ Allan Shinohara. Riding Shotgun members Chris Anton, Joseph DePasquale and Tom Stepsis echo Shinohara’s sentiment: “We hope this unique event brings much-needed attention to the Brattle’s cause.”

Made by four aspiring filmmakers on a budget of only $250, On the Other Side is the lyrical story of Jamaican migrant farmers working the tobacco harvest in rural Massachusetts . In the current political climate, the film takes a decidedly unbiased look at U.S. immigration issues. B-Line will also show a clip of their new film, FIST, with musical score by Riding Shotgun.

Many music publications, including Boston ’s The Noise, have praised Riding Shotgun’s blend of atmospheric rock, breakbeat and groove. RS has headlined local venue the Middle East and opened for national acts like Metric and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.

This event is the latest in a series of community efforts to support the “Preserve the Brattle Legacy” campaign. From student-organized film festivals to a concert by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, there has been a tremendous outpouring of public support for the Brattle.

Minimum suggested donation for this event is $5.