Special screening of Light of Day in Cleveland with director Paul Schrader

Next Friday, March 18, filmmaker Paul Schrader will present a special screening of Light of Day in the city it was filmed in, Cleveland, Ohio, to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary and its influence on the city of Cleveland. After the screening, Paul will take questions from the audience.

The event starts at 7:30 PM EST at Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art. Tickets are $15.00 for non-members and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets HERE. You must be at least 13 years of age to attend.

Jettheads, if you have never seen Light of Day in a theater, and if you can get to Cleveland, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

From the cia.edu website:

Filmmaker Paul Schrader, whose screenwriting credits include Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and whose directorial credits include American Gigolo and Auto Focus, will appear in person on Friday, March 18 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Schrader will answer audience questions after a rare theatrical showing of his 1987 rock ‘n’ roll movie Light of Day, filmed in Cleveland with stars Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett, and Gena Rowlands. Tickets cost $15, Cinematheque members $10. Full-price tickets can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com.

Twenty-five years ago Schrader was in Cleveland shooting a rock ‘n’ roll movie at the Euclid Tavern and other University Circle and east-side locations. Light of Day (the title comes from a Bruce Springsteen song written for the film) focuses on the on- and off-stage lives of the brother and sister lead performers in a working-class Cleveland rock band. He (Fox) is a factory worker who loses his job; she (Jett) is an impoverished unwed mother whose reckless lifestyle has alienated her from her deeply religious mother (Rowlands).

Though Schrader readily admits that the film is “flawed,” it is also fascinating—especially for Clevelanders. The Time Out Film Guide says that “what at first seems just another dreary blue-collar melodrama turns out to be something infinitely superior…Create(s) a powerful feeling of real lives being lived and lost.”

Click HERE for more. They have a nice picture of Joan and Michael J. too!

Visit Paul Schrader’s website HERE. And check out my Light of Day anniversary post from last year HERE.

Help get Light of Day released on DVD!

If you haven’t joined the movement to get Light of Day released on DVD yet, please visit the demand page I created on Eventful.com HERE. And, if you are so inspired, could you help me promote it? The demand only has 81 people so far. Thank you!!


Gift ideas for the Jetthead who has everything

Holiday shopping season is upon us, Jettheads! If you’re sick of getting Pat Benatar t-shirts from your near-sighted (yet well-meaning) relatives, then send them the link to this post to give them some new ideas for you.

1. Joan Jett. You read that right. For four more days, you can bid on a meet-and-greet with Joan Jett herself that will take place at the October 10, 2009 Jack’s Fourth show in Irvine, California at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The auction is open until October 8, even though the Unite the United page’s auction widget is saying that it has already ended. You can bid on this and read the rules HERE. The winner will receive two tickets to the show, dinner, a meet-and-greet with Joan backstage, and other goodies. Proceeds from the auction benefit Music Saves Lives.

More Jetthead (and non-Jetthead) gift ideas after the jump. Continue reading

Joan Jett’s costars in “Light of Day” win Emmys

I am a total freak for Light of Day, and I like keeping tabs on Joan’s costars from the film.

So I was super geeked on Sunday night, 9/20, when I saw Joe Rasnick and Cindy Montgomery both win awards at the 2009 Primetime Emmys.

Michael J. Fox won for his guest role as Dwight on Rescue Me, an award he received on 9/12 during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony. He also presented the Outstanding Directing/Writing for a Drama Series awards with Ellen Burstyn during the 9/20 telecast. Here is a TVGuide interview after his win:


Cherry Jones won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as President Allison Taylor on 24. Check out her acceptance speech:


Congratulations to both winners!