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The last week of August saw the country commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. On the National Mall in Washington D.C. and all over the US people celebrated the momentousness of late summer 1963. A few months later in 1963 the nation would once again be brought together, this time in the shock and mourning after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. November 22 will mark fifty years from that tragic date in American history, a time poignantly captured in the new documentary LETTERS TO JACKIE: REMEMBERING PRESIDENT KENNEDY.
On the Monday three days after John Fitzgerald Kennedy died, 45,000 letters arrived at the White House from bereaved citizens, who had sat down after the assassination to share their grief, shock, outrage. Within seven weeks, Jacqueline Kennedy had received over 800,000 letters. LETTERS TO JACKIE employs 20 remarkable letters read by an all-star cast of actors and actresses and archival footage (including never-before-seen Kennedy home movies) to bring to vivid life the emotions of late 1963, from the words of ordinary citizens, not from history books.
On Tuesday, September 17th LETTERS TO JACKIE will have its theatrical premiere at a special event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, featuring a post-screening panel that includes filmmaker Bill Couturie, Academy Award-winner (and a voice in the film) Chris Cooper, Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of the book on which the film is based, and four individuals whose letters to Jackie are featured in the film. Emerging Cinemas across the United States will be screening the film simultaneously and offering their audiences this resonant post-show discussion LIVE. For a film about a time when the entire country was joined together, how fitting to have movie audiences in theatres around the US experiencing the film together as well.
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Last Sunday Emerging Cinemas around the United States hosted the domestic theatrical premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, distributed by Revolver Entertainment. Of those 150 theatres, around twenty-five topped off the event by welcoming Mr. Branagh himself into the auditorium via live webcast from his home in London. Audience members were able to Tweet comments and questions in real time directly to the Oscar-nominated actor and director after the screening. The result was a truly interactive Q&A, one that crossed the Atlantic and all four US time zones.
Below is the full recording of that conversation.
For just about anyone under the age of, say, 50, the name Judy Blume congers up early and fond memories of reading. Whether during elementary school or young adulthood, most of us recall a Judy Blume book at some point along the way. So it comes as a bit of a shock to learn that not one of the prolific author’s works has ever been realized on the big screen. Until this Friday (June 7) that is, with the nationwide opening of the new movie Tiger Eyes, directed by Ms. Blume’s son no less. Lawrence Blume and her mother adapted the 1981 novel together, an alliance covered in last weekend’s New York Times (see below). Tiger Eyes was produced by George Cooper, a co-founder of Emerging Cinema affiliate Tropic Cinema in Key West, which gives us a bit of extra pride in offering this feature through our network day-and-date with the June 7th nationwide break.
For locations and showtimes playing Tiger Eyes in the Emerging network, visit the movie’s page here.
Continuing our tradition of offering exclusive and interactive filmmaker Q&As to arthouses across the country, this June we’re bringing multiple Oscar-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh into Emerging affiliated theatres via live webcast to mark the U.S. theatrical premiere of his film The Magic Flute. This lost gem, which premiered at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and had limited overseas runs, finally gets its overdue big-screen presentation stateside on Sunday, June 9th exclusively in participating Emerging locations. The premiere screening (1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT) will be followed by a live webcast conversation with the director, Kenneth Branagh. Through Twitter, audiences everywhere will be encouraged to send him questions in real time.
Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute has been brilliantly reimagined and adapted for the big-screen by Branagh and is set against the backdrop of World War I. Opening with a breathtaking single shot in the trenches at the onset of battle, The Magic Flute is a stunning visual achievement and a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema. The film also features a new libretto by well known English actor-writer-comedian Stephen Fry, with music arranged by James Conlon.
Kenneth Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, for which he’s received Oscar nominations for direction (Henry V) and screenwriting (Hamlet). He is also familiar to moviegoers through his onscreen performances and has been nominated for Best Actor (for Henry V) and more recently Best Supporting Actor for playing Lawrence Olivier in 2011’s My Week with Marilyn alongside Michelle Williams.
For a complete list of theatres presenting The Magic Flute check out the list below or visit the film’s page here. Locations offering the live virtual Q&A with Kenneth Branagh are noted with “LIVE Q&A“.