Boulevard Cinemas presents a benefit screening of “The Greatest” on Thursday, April 1.
Writer-director Shana Feste is married to Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, a Petaluma native who works as a film finance agent in Los Angeles and helped arrange the special one-time benefit screening.“The Greatest” stars Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan, who portrays a girl whose boyfriend is killed in a car accident after she discovers she's pregnant. She then tells his parents (Brosnan and Sarandon) that she's expecting their grandchild.
The Carousel Fund is in its 23rd year of providing support for Petaluma families of children suffering from catastrophic illnesses.
Arnie Cohen, president of the Carousel Fund, is excited about the benefit screening, saying that Feste is an up-and-coming writer-director and noting that this year Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) became the first woman to win an Oscar for directing. Coincidentally, Kavanaugh-Jones' company, Creative Artists Agency, was involved in the financing and selling of “The Hurt Locker,” which also won the Oscar for Best Picture.“Our goal is to keep kids alive,” Cohen said, “but occasionally we lose a child. This film is about a young person who died.”“The Greatest,” which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival last year, runs 98 minutes.Feste is currently in Nashville working on her latest film, “Love Don't Let Me Down,” about a rising country-music songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) who becomes involved with a fallen star (Gwyneth Paltrow).
“The Greatest” will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Boulevard Cinemas. A limited number of tickets are available for $15 each through