UPDATE 11/11: The Bridge has changed the Directors Hall showtime from 8 PM to 7:30 PM. Therefore, this Meetup event will now kick-off at 6:30 PM. Feel free to adjust your schedule and/or update your RSVP accordingly.
Join Chris & the SAACC crew for a screening of this best-selling novel-turned-film that's garnered the Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic, the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival -- "Precious- Based on the Novel 'PUSH' by Sapphire on Friday November 13th at The Bridge Cinema de lux. The buzz surrounding this highly anticipated film is major with both Oprah Winfrey & Tyler Perry lending their support and their names to back this project. The buzz is also indicating that Monique's performance - along with several other performances in the film - will lead to major Oscar/Awards Season riches. We will see for ourselves is the hype is worth it!
The Plot: Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE, directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
Lee Daniels’s PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.
Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
In Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard, and winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
- Meet in the lobby of The Bridge at 6:30 PM.
- Showtime is at 7:30 PM in their Directors Hall auditoriums. Tickets for the show are on sale now at The Bridge box office or at Movie Tickets. Chris is sitting in Row E - Seat 9. Buy your seats in the same section so we all can sit together. If Row E is full, feel free to sit in the row behind us.
- We encourage all members who attend to please join us for post-movie discussion at Marie Callendars after the film. Those who have read the book - as well as those who have SURVIVED & OVERCOME the situations depicted in this film, are strongly recommeded to join us and share your stories!
As always, call/text Chris at [masked] if you are running late or having trouble finding the group.
DON'T MISS THIS EVENT!
If you organize or are a member of a literary based Meetup group and would like to partner with SAACC to co-host/cross promote this event, please contact Chris via email.