The Independent Film Channel (IFC) has announced its vintage poster sweepstakes running from July 1st through Aug 24th in support of A Decade Under The Influence, the network’s major original three-part event about filmmaking in the 1970’s, which premieres on August 20. Ten (10) vintage posters from the same era will be given away signed by the films’ directors or stars. The sweepstakes will run on-air and online at ifctv.com.
Prizes include: Full-size lobby poster of Gimme Shelter (1970) signed by director Albert Maysles; full-size lobby poster of The Last Picture Show (1971) signed by director Peter Bogdanovich; full-size lobby poster of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) signed by star Ellen Burstyn; and 6 lobby cards of Three Days of the Condor (1975) signed by director Sydney Pollack.
The vintage posters represent some of the most noteworthy and innovative films of the early 1970s:
Gimme Shelter, for example, was a landmark documentary about an ill-fated 1969 Rolling Stones concert that turned deadly. Billed as a flower-power love-in, the event’s fateful violence earned December 6, 1969 the epitaph “the day the Sixties died.”
The Last Picture Show, nominated for 8 Academy Awards chronicles the lives of a depressing 1950s Texas town and featured full-frontal nudity and explicit sexual situations.
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore was director Martin Scorsese’s first Hollywood studio production. Ellen Burstyn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a recently widowed mother who sets out in pursuit of her childhood dream of becoming a singer.
Three Days of the Condor featured Robert Redford as a bookish CIA researcher who returns from lunch to find that all of his co-workers have been killed. Also starring Faye Dunaway, its themes of governmental conspiracy and paranoia reflected cynical post-Watergate attitudes towards political institutions.
Entries can be submitted at The Independent Film Channel’s website, IFCTV.com.