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!!