Northwest Film Forum is proud to collaborate with 826 in presenting a special sneak-peek screening of Away We Go, a new film from Focus Features and director Sam Mendes. The event, a benefit for 826 Seattle, will be held Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 5pm at the Harvard Exit Theater on Capitol Hill. Screenwriter Dave Eggers attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening.
Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, Away We Go is a funny and heartfelt film that follows an expectant couple (John Krasinski of The Office and Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live), as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to raise their family. Along the way, misadventures and renewed connections with relatives and old friends help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time. The movie features the music of Alexi Murdoch. The film is due to open with a wide release this summer.
Screenwriter Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What. He is also the publisher and founder of 826 National. His screenwriting credits also include the forthcoming 2009 release Where the Wild Things Are. His wife, Vendela Vida, co-wrote the Away We Go screenplay. Her other writing credits include Girls on the Verge and And Now You Can Go.
All proceeds from the evening go to support 826 Seattle’s programs. 826 Seattle is the city’s only writing center entirely dedicated to helping students, ages 6 to 18, improve their written communication skills. All 826 programs are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to a young person’s future success. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, 826 Seattle offers free after-school tutoring, special writing workshops, class field trips, in-school programs, and publishing opportunities for Seattle students to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing.
More information about 826 Seattle can be found at http://www.826seattle.org.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for Northwest Film Forum members and active 826 Seattle volunteers) and are available here.