PRODUCER’S FILM PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
The theme for this month is “A Writers Journey”, covering the lives of authors David Foster Wallace, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, & Hunter S. Thompson.
END OF THE TOUR (2015)
Directed by James Ponsolt @ 106 minutes.
The film stars Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Mamie Gummer, Joan Cusack, & Ron Livingston.
Synopsis: The story of a five day interview between Rolling Stone reporter, David Lipsky, & acclaimed author David Foster Wallace– which takes place on a book tour after the release of his epic novel, INFINITE JEST.
Tagline: Imagine the greatest conversation you’ve ever had.
NOTE: This film opened at the Grand Cinema last week. It is scheduled to run ONE more week, through next Thursday, 09/03/15. So please get out to see it ASAP, per usual.
CROSS CREEK (1983)
Directed by Martin Ritt @ 127 minutes.
The film stars Mary Steenburgen, Peter Coyote, Rip Torn, Dana Hill, Cary Guffey, Jay O. Sanders, & Malcolm McDowell.
Synopsis: In the 1930’s, author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moved to backwater Florida so that she could “write in peace”–but she is bothered by affectionate men, anxious editors, & confused neighbors. Out of all that she was inspired to write THE YEARLING.
Tagline: The portrait of a woman who, at the edge of survival, found a world of meaning.
The film was nominated for 4 Oscars, winning none.
GONZO: THE LIFE & WORK OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON (2008)
Written & Directed by Alex Gibney @ 120 minutes.
The film is narrated by Johnny Depp, with Hunter Stockton Thompson, Joe Cairo, Muhammed Ali, Sonny Barger, Warren Beatty, Jimmy Buffett, & George W. Bush.
Synopsis: This is a documentary about maverick author, Dr. Gonzo/ Hunter S. Thompson, who gored sacred cows with impunity, hilarity, & a conviction for writing wrongs. The covers the gonzo years from 1965-75, & it includes heretofore unseen home movies & tapes.
Trivia: Thompson has been portrayed twice by Johnny Depp in FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998), & THE RUM DIARY (2011), and by Bill Murray in WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (1980)–& there is another fine documentary out there called BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE (2007).
END OF THE TOUR has been playing at the Grand Cinema for over a week, & concludes this Thursday, September 3rd; get out to see it soon.
CROSS CREEK will screen at CSL on Friday, 09/04/15.
GONZO will screen at CSL on Friday, 09/11/15.
The Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J streets, across from Group Health hospital.
The Grand Cinema is located at 606 S. Fawcett Avenue, on the corner of 6th and Fawcett.