The Orange County Film Society presents a special screening of the critically-acclaimed, Oscar buzzworthy film 12 Years a Slave at the Lido theater in Newport Beach this Wednesday night. Additionally, the screenwriter John Ridley, who adapted the screenplay from Solomon Northrup's true life accounts 12 Years a Slave, will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.
12 Years A Slave was directed by Steve McQueen, and tells the real story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man, talented violin player, husband and father who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the antebellum South. Northrup must learn to adapt to the violent, dehumanizing life of being a slave while struggling for survival and escape. On paper, it sounds like a simple plot, but it is McQueen's brilliant filmmaking, Ridley's screenplay, and unforgettable, gritty performances by an outstanding ensemble cast that have made it the shining talk of Tinsel Town and beyond. For those cinephiles out there who just love asking professionals about the screenwriting and production process, this event is especially for you.
This screening is open to members of the Orange County Film Society, and becoming a member is easily possible; through an annual membership fee of $129, members gain access to a set number of screenings that cost even less than they would in a regular theater run. Also, surprise screenings are not uncommon, and events such as this Q&A aren't otherwise available to the movie-going public. Check out http://orangecountyfilmsociety.com/ for more details. See you there!