Sept. 26--The Wilkes-Barre native screenwriter of "The English Teacher" said the movie's Luzerne County premiere will be his most meaningful screening yet.
Showing the film at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre is a dream realized for Dan Chariton, who co-wrote the film with his wife, Stacy. The film, set in the borough of Kingston and peppered with local references, will play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
"We've been hoping to get the film shown locally since it opened, just so people in the area could have the experience of watching it with an audience," Chariton said. "Obviously, having it screen at the Kirby Center is a bit of a dream come true, since I grew up watching films there."
In the film, Julianne Moore plays Linda Sinclair, a 40-year-old unmarried English teacher, who is satisfied with her life until former student Jason Sherwood returns to Kingston after failing to make it as a playwright in New York City.
Chariton said he and his wife are pleased with how audiences responded to the film.
"Starting with the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and through its theatrical release, we've watched the film with a variety of audiences and they all seem to react very warmly to the film," he said. "Stacy calls it a 'feel-good comedy of errors,' and I think that describes it nicely."
The local premiere of the R-rated film will include a question and answer session with the screenwriters. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 general admission and $5 for students, and proceeds benefit the Kirby Center.
"I know a lot of people have watched it via On Demand, which is wonderful, and a great way to support independent films like ours which don't have wide distribution," Chariton said. "But it's really so much more enjoyable to watch this movie with a crowd, so I'm thrilled that we were able to work out the screening with the Kirby."
The film plays the same day at 4 p.m. as part of the Fall Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. It will be shown again Oct. 3 at noon.
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