Virtual Cinema FAQ
While the MSP Film Society is closed… some frequently asked questions and answers
As MSP Film Society’s Screen #3 remains closed due to COVID-19, we’ve compiled this overview to answer questions you may have about how you can watch our newly launched Virtual Cinema Collection and participate in our MSPIFF39 Redefined: A Virtual Film Festival!
Thank you for supporting the MSP Film Society. We do it for you and we can’t do it without you.
What kinds of programming and online engagement is the MSP Film Society doing during this closure period?
Virtual screenings of new releases you can watch at home — In partnership with film distributors, we’re offering new releases that (in most cases) we’d have shown in the theatre itself — and your virtual ticket purchase helps support the MSP Film Society. These are movies that aren’t available for rental or streaming elsewhere (i.e. through platforms like Netflix, Amazon, iTunes).
In addition to our website information, you’ll hear more about our ongoing programming and engagement activities via our MSP Film emails and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
How do I watch the virtual screenings on my tv?
Once you reserve your ticket, you will have access to watch on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast with one of these several options.
You can cast a video from your computer or smart device (phone, iPad) using the following steps! Open the movie on your device (computer or phone). At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon.
It looks like this:
If you don’t see that icon and you’re casting from a computer in the Chrome browser, you can open the menu in the upper right corner of the window (or the View menu) and select “Cast”.
Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, then select your Chromecast. If you don’t see your Chromecast, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network. You can find more details on the Chromecast website: store.google.com/us/product/chromecast
You can also cast our Virtual Cinema using a method called AirPlay! Here is how to do it:
Make sure that it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the device you used to purchase the film. Then, click in the playback window and select your Apple TV.
And that should be it! You can also find these instructions and more information on the Apple website: apple.com/airplay
You can cast a video from your computer or device (phone, ipad, etc) using the following steps:
Open the movie on your device.
At the bottom right of the screen you should see the casting icon. It looks like this:
Once you select that button, it should give you the option to select a nearby device, so you’d then select your Roku. If you don’t see your Roku, make sure both devices are on the same wireless network. The channel should launch automatically and playback will begin!
Get an HDMI cable, if you don’t have one you can purchase one here.
Plug the HDMI cable into your TV and your laptop. Then set your computer to mirror your TV screen. Make sure your TV is set to HDMI input. Then you should be all set!
Still having trouble? Let us know at email@example.com!
Some Smart TVs will let you download Apps from distributors on to your smart TV – then you can sign in to the app and watch the film through the app.
When will the MSP Film Society re-open?
We don’t currently know. We will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of our local government officials and health and safety experts.
How will the COVID-19 closure affect memberships?
We don't know yet when it'll be safe to reopen, but for now we're grateful for the continued stream of membership revenue — and we deeply appreciate the support those tax deductible gifts mean for the Film Society. Right now, we're depending solely on the generosity of our members and donors — because without the revenue from tickets, those gifts will make it possible for the MSP Film Society to continue to offer innovative programming and pay our staff for as long as we can. We’ve also added 3 months to anyone who has been a member and becomes a member from now on until we re-open our doors.
How can I help the MSP film society during this period when it’s closed?
The MSP Film Society has always been supported by a wonderful community of film fans. At this unprecedented time, you can help simply by making a much-appreciated donation — or by becoming a member, renewing your membership, or moving your membership to a higher level.
However you’re able to give, we’re most grateful. Thank you!