Friday, May 30, 2014

"Black List Live" to hold live reading of 2013 Black List Screenplay

I've spoken before of the virtues of holding a live reading of your screenplay.  There's a lot you can learn from hearing actors speak your dialogue outloud and frankly, it's just plain fun.  Casting table reads of my own specs is one of my favorite things to do, actually.

That's why I'm so excited about the latest Black List announcement regarding a live reading of the 2013 Black List script "1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon"  by Stepheny Folsom.  I've reproduced the press release below along with links to purchase tickets.

Jason Reitman has held some rather famous table reads of script from acclaimed films, but to my knowledge, this is the first time something so public has been tried for an unproduced script.  It'll be interesting to see if this sparks renewed interest in Folsom's screenplay.  Hopefully, this even will be enough of a success that it can encourage future readings of other well-regarded but unproduced screenplays.

Los Angeles (May 30, 2014) - This morning via Twitter, The Black List announced the partial cast for their first Black List Live! event on June 14, 2014 at the Los Angeles Theatre. Black List Live! will present a live table read of Stephany Folsom’s 2013 Black List script “1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon.” Folsom will also be directing the read. Truly a one-time only event, the event will not be filmed or livestreamed.

“1969: A Space Odyssey” is the story of a White House Public Affairs assistant (Kathryn Hahn - Bad Words, Parks and Recreation) who hires Stanley Kubrick (Jared Harris - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Sherlock Holmes 2, Mad Men), to fake the moon landing just in case of technical issues during the now world famous one small step. Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) plays the role of legendary NASA Public Affairs administrator Julian Scheer and Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope, The Riches) has joined the cast as Stanley Kubrick’s assistant, Kara Downs.

Black List co-founder Franklin Leonard says, “our mission with the Black List has always been celebrating great screenwriting and the writers who do it, and presenting this script to an audience with actors like Kathryn, Jared, Thomas, and Shannon gives us an extraordinary opportunity to continue that mission in a very exciting way. Get your tickets now. It’s going to be a hell of a night.”

The event takes place downtown at the historic Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway, a hidden gem rarely open to the public. Modeled after Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, the French Baroque theatre first opened its doors in January 1931 for the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights.

A limited of tickets are available for $20 via the Los Angeles Film Festival - get them now!

Once sold out, full price tickets are available online for $40.

Black List Live! presents "1969: A Space Odyssey"
Saturday, June 14, 2014
7:00pm doors (cash bar), 8:00pm

The Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

A limited edition movie poster designed by Fernando Reza and signed by the cast will be available for sale in the lobby of the theater before the show.

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