Letters To Jackie:
USA | 2013 | 88 min. | Not Rated | Documentary
Remembering President Kennedy
special screening and discussion
A Film by Bill Couturié
Wednesday October 09, 2013
Saturday October 12, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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A Film by Bill Couturié
Featuring Jessica Chastain, Chris Cooper, Viola Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Channing Tatum, Betty White and Michelle Williams
Where were you on November 22, 1963? It’s a question that anyone alive on that day can answer with vivid clarity.
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the world came to a crashing halt as the nation grieved for its leader whose promise of a brighter future was cut tragically short. During this time the president’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, received thousands of letters from the public offering their heartfelt condolences. This touching film focuses on these deeply personal letters that flooded in from all over the country to comfort a woman they greatly admired who was not just the fashionable First Lady, but also a wife and a mother.
On Monday, three days after the President died, 45,000 letters from bereaved citizens arrived at the White House. Within 7 weeks, Jacqueline Kennedy had received more than 800,000 letters. Letters To Jackie features 20 of those 800,000 letters read by an all-star cast of actors, using archival footage and never-before-seen Kennedy home movies to bring to life the vivid feelings and emotions of a nation in late 1963 through the words of ordinary citizens.
Set against a treasure trove of archival footage taken during the Kennedy era, the moving letters are read by twenty of today’s top actors including Jessica Chastain, Chris Cooper, Viola Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Channing Tatum, Betty White and Michelle Williams.
To commemorate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination, the MV Film Society is proud to present a screening of LETTERS TO JACKIE: REMEMBERING PRESIDENT KENNEDY with a panel discussion to follow with local residents.
"...with staggering, exceptional archival footage, LETTERS TO JACKIE resonates on an emotional, even cathartic, level nearly fifty years after JFK's passing."
- Basil Tsiokos, All Things Documentary
"An extremely moving and skillful homage to one of our most memorable leaders. Even more, it's a celebration of the power of putting hand to paper and generously sharing the contents of one's heart."
- William O. Sullivan, After Hours