Gabrielle Union and Wade Davis to Host Special Screening of A WRINKLE IN TIME for New York City Students
Today, actress, author and activist Gabrielle Union and writer, public speaker and former NFL player Wade Davisannounced that they will fund a screening of A Wrinkle in Time for 600 New York City students, giving young girls an opportunity to see the diverse, women-led film for free. The screening will be held on Sunday, March 11 in Manhattan and is organized in partnership with the Ms. Foundation for Women, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and HP.
Students and youth organizations from across the city have been invited to attend the event, which will also include a post-screening discussion featuring Wade Davis; Angélique Roché, VP External Affairs for the Ms. Foundation; Lillian Rivera, Director of Advocacy for the Hetrick-Martin Institute; Katherine Hand, Global Head of Strategic Communications - Sustainability and Social Innovation for HP; along with two young girls in attendance.
Wade Davis said: "I understand the power and impact of images and Ava DuVernay has given us an opportunity to ensure that all young people, especially girls of color, continue to dream bigger, brighter and more vividly thanks to this new movie, and I want to do my part to support the movie, Ava and young girls everywhere."
Gabrielle Union said: "Right now is an important time to celebrate equality, to celebrate women and our excellence, and A Wrinkle In Time is exactly what our young leaders need to see. My wish is that girls leave the theater feeling like they saw themselves represented on the screen with this amazing cast of diverse women and that they dream a little bigger. I hope this encourages more people to be a part of the movement to bring this film to children everywhere."
Angélique Roché, Vice President of External Affairs for the Ms. Foundation for Women, said: "We are thrilled to co-sponsor and support this screening of A Wrinkle in Time with Gabrielle, Wade, and our other partners. Young girls are our future leaders and positive role models and diverse representation are essential to encourage them to reach their full potential. As a women of color, I'm excited for young people to see reflections of themselves on screen, to see themselves as heroes, and be inspired to make a difference."
Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and Maggie Chieffo, General Manager for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, said: "At Smart Girls, we encourage girls to investigate and invest in their authentic selves. Diverse representation and role models are invaluable in this pursuit. We are delighted to join Gabrielle, Wade, and our other partners in co-sponsoring this screening of A Wrinkle In Time, a film inspiring girls everywhere to imagine and create the world they want to live in."
Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer for HP, said: "Creating an equal, just and sustainable world requires diverse, innovative and empowered leaders. HP is proud to support Wade and our other partners to deliver this special screening of A Wrinkle in Time-a story that inspires everyone, everywhere to dream bravely, pursue passions, and take action to change the world."
The planned event follows other celebrity-led activations to get students in theaters to see the film at no cost. Questlove's #WRINKLEchallenge calls on other artists and activists to donate to local charities and schools organizing A Wrinkle in Time screenings across the country. After planning their event, both Gabrielle Union and Wade Davis connected with Questlove and are happy their initiative ensures young people will see this powerful movie.
To follow the conversation on social media, please follow the event participants at @Wade_Davis28, @AngeliqueRoche and @nathanehurst on Twitter and Instagram.