DID YOU KNOW?...Kimberly Peirce, writer and director of Channing Tatum's highly-anticipated Iraq war drama 'Stop-Loss', recently took the movie across the country on a mini college tour to the University of Phoenix at Arizona, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of California, Berkley, Ohio State at Columbus, University of Colorado at Boulder and New York University in New York where she was joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Each of the screenings were followed with a question and answer session where the director was able to hear the audience's reactions and concerns about the movie and about this generation of soldiers. Kimberly says,
"It was great to hear how much they appreciate seeing a story that is personal and realistic, that focuses on relationships -- those between the soldiers and their families."
During the tour, they learned that 'Stop-Loss' had a broad appeal for men and women, old and young, but the movie seems to really connect with young people who the director feels may see a reflection of themselves in the film's story.
Kimberly also says the production team is currently cutting together footage they shot of the various Q and A's, and they will be uploading it to the official web site soon.
Because the college tour was so successful, Paramount Pictures (the production company and distributor behind the film) has decided to have even more free screenings in colleges and cities across the country to allow the film to continue to connect with its audience prior to the March 28, 2008 US release. Kimberly will continue to attend the screenings and may even be joined by more of the actors from the film on the next tour.
As always, stay tuned to Channing Tatum Unwrapped, and I'll make sure to post dates, times, and locations of any of the upcoming free 'Stop-Loss' screenings that, if we're lucky, may be at a college and/or in town near you and me.