The celebration begins on Friday, March 3 with the VIP red-carpet special presentation of Sundance-screened Past Lives, a Korean romance film wherein Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrate from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life. Created by writer-director Celine Song, starring Greta Lee and Teo Yoo, and produced by Killer Films.
Highlighting the theater’s flexible design and unmatched audio-visual capabilities, the independent movie premiere will immediately be followed by a public Q&A with Oscar-winning producers Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon (Killer Films) moderated by Amanda Fortini as well as an Open House celebration so all can discover the locally-forward cultural hub and technologically advanced venue.
The Beverly Theater Premiere Week continues with a public movie viewing on Saturday, March 4, and a robust schedule of LIT events on March 4-5 presented in tandem with the independent bookstore and neighbor The Writer’s Block and Black Mountain Institute (BMI). Free and open to the public, LIT events will take place in the theater, courtyard, and at Segue, the modish overlook, and jazz terrace on 6th complete with a beer and wine bar.
Premiere Week LIT events will feature a variety of readings, author Q&A’s, and discussions including novelist Walter Kirn in conversation with Native American fiction writer Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, BMI presentation of award-winning writer Percival Everett, BMI Fellows reading, a screening of dramatic movie First Reformed and a discussion with the film’s writer and director Paul Schrader, Killer Films and others involved with the compelling film.
First Reformed follows the pastor (Ethan Hawke) of a small church in New York with dwindling attendance who gets a call from a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) begging for help with her extremely radical husband. After getting involved, the pastor loses control of every aspect of his life. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Paul Schrader.
Closing out the celebratory Premiere Week will be a live music performance by Las Vegas’ own Ekoh on Tuesday, March 7. With his true emotional lyrics along with hard-hitting delivery, intricate production, and a high-energy live show, Ekoh is the definition of independent music success.