Emerging Pictures to Screen LETTERS TO JACKIE Nationwide, 9/17
Emerging Pictures, North America's premier independent supplier of alternative content for movie theatres, today announced it will host a national screening event in theatres across the U.S. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
On Tuesday, September 17, the film "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy," a documentary by Academy Award-winner Bill Couturié, will be honored with a special event in Boston at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, in collaboration with the American Film Institute. Emerging Pictures will screen the film simultaneously in its network of theatres, and, in select venues, broadcast live the post-screening panel discussion.
Within three days of Kennedy's November 22, 1963 death, 45,000 letters of condolence had arrived at the White House. Seven weeks later that number had surpassed 800,000, expressing grief, shock, outrage and sympathy for the First Lady and her young children.
"I'll never forget where I was when JFK was killed. No one will. It cast a dark shadow over America. The world, really. Afterwards, the American people poured out their hearts to Jackie. The strength and wisdom of the nation, coming out of profound tragedy, rings clear in these letters. As soon as I read them, I knew I had to make a movie around them and the time they so eloquently evoke," said filmmaker Bill Couturié.
"Emerging Pictures is deploying its digital distribution and exhibition network to commemorate this tragic event in American history," said Barry Rebo, Managing Director of Emerging Pictures. "But we also want to reinvigorate and highlight interest in a form of communication less evanescent than those of today, one with the potential to lastingly convey both joy and tragedy: the seemingly lost art of letter-writing."