NY Film Critics National Series: CHILD OF GOD with on-screen simulcast Q&A with James Franco and Scott Haze afterwardsUSA | 2013 | 104 minutes | Rated R | Drama, Thriller
Wednesday July 30, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$20 General Admission, $18 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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James Franco, Scott Haze, Jim Parrack, Tim Blake Nelson
Actor James Franco stars, writes, and directs in this crime thriller about a mans disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order in “Child of God”. An exclusive pre-release look at this thrilling drama.
Presented by the NY Film Credits National Series be a part of the LIVE National Simulcast Audience. Following the show, there will be a on screen simulcast cast appearance by star James Franco (THIS IS THE END, SPIDER MAN) and actor SCOTT HAZE, star of CHILD OF GOD for Q&A.
Based on the acclaimed Cormac McCarthy novel, director James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD follows Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man in 1960s Tennessee. Deprived of family and home, Ballard collapses into a life of crime and degradation. Starring Scott Haze, James Franco and Timothy Blake Nelson.
About the book: Suspenseful, spare, a quick and compelling read, Child of God is at the same time McCarthy’s most extreme challenge to the limits of propriety, perhaps outdoing even Blood Meridian in its chronicling of individual depravity. Its hero, Lester Ballard, is a murderer and necrophile, expelled from the human family and eventually living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his several shot victims, male and female. This is the child of God. Yet McCarthy’s meditation on this lost soul is restrained, even delicate, in its images of his grievous acts. There are fewer graphic assaults on the reader’s imagination than in either Suttree or Blood Meridian. And his treatment of Lester is more sympathetic than of comparable beyond-the-pale characters, Culla Holme in Outer Dark and the kid in Blood Meridian, perhaps to the reader’s discomfort
About the NY Film Critics Film Series: A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions held in New York City, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the Screening Series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast.
"There's a weird purity to the storytelling even at its untidiest, which enables Franco to remain true to the spirit of McCarthy's vernacular lyricism." -David Rooney
"Franco's powerful adaptation, directed with discipline and intelligence, captures McCarthy's mordant darkness. It reveals the humanity buried beneath animalistic behavior" -Caryn James
Venice Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival