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Sci-fi screening [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]

October 28, 2013


if you go Event: "Ender's Game" red carpet screening Organizer: Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Time/date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening, 9 p.m. after party at Hotel Julien with light fare and a cash bar Site: AMC Star Dubuque 14, 2835 NW Arterial, reception and screening; Hotel Julien, 200 Main St., after party Tickets: $25, which includes reception, movie and after event. Available at and at the film festival office, 467 Bluff St. Tidbits - Aramis Knight, who plays the role of Bean in the film, will be in attendance, along with some crew members - There are 250 tickets available for the event.Aramis Knight could relate to his character in the upcoming movie "Ender's Game" after a week of training at Space Camp with his castmates.

"The situations they set us all up in resembled our characters," said Knight, who plays the role of Bean in the movie. "I was the youngest, I was the smallest, I was the underdog. So I could relate to him. I constantly had to be proving myself because I was the youngest."

The 14-year-old actor will be among the guests at an "Ender's Game" red carpet screening at AMC Star Dubuque 14 on Saturday, Nov. 2 - a day after the movie's theater release.

Also attending will be Ken Gorrell, who did the special effects for the movie, and Matt Coatsworth, the assistant to the executive producer, who was a part of last year's film festival.

Ken Gorrell is the husband of Susan Gorrell, senior manager of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. He won a Primetime Emmy in 2008 for special effects in the HBO mini-series "John Adams."

"It's kind of a perfect storm," said Michael Coty, executive producer of the film festival, about Dubuque's behind-the-scenes connections.

Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, the story is set 70 years after an alien war. It follows Ender Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

Knight's character, Bean, is an underclassman to Ender.

"Bean is a tough guy and there is a little rivalry in the beginning, but they end up being best friends in the end," Knight said.

Knight noted the movie, which was filmed for four months at a NASA base in New Orleans, sticks closely with the book.

It stars Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford.

This was Knight's second time working with Ford; the first was for the movie "Crossing Over."

"Harrison told the press that (director) Gavin (Hood) actually told him not to be so friendly - to give us that intimidation factor because all of our characters are intimidated by him," Knight said. "He made a point to definitely be a little intimidating. It's really not that hard since he's Harrison Ford."

Knight has guest-starred and had recurring roles on multiple television shows, including "Rizzoli &Isles," "Royal Pains," "Psych," "NCIS" and "Lost." His film credits include "The Dark Knight Rises," "Rendition" and "Crossing Over."

Filming the movie's action sequences, which are made to look like they take place in zero gravity, proved to be tricky.

"It was actually very tough because a lot of the movie was green screened," Knight said. "When we were filming, a lot of the time we weren't looking at our castmates, we were looking off into a green screen. You have no eye line."

The event will include a reception, screening and after party. Coty said there will be photo opportunities with the guests at the reception and time for questions.

"This is a great event for Dubuque and something special, as not every town gets permission to hold a red carpet screening like this," Ken Gorrell said.

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