Previewing 'Butter'

Q&A with writer Jason Micallef
MONDAY, September 24, 7 PM
Aero Theater
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

If you thought a national, presidential election was the ultimate bastion of raw ambition and cutthroat competition, you clearly have yet to experience the politics of small town butter carving. Fortunately for you, director Jim Field Smith's "Butter" takes us into this intriguing and downright serious world of, well, butter.

Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), wife of Iowa's long-reigning champion butter carver, decides it's finally her turn for butter glory after her husband Bob (Ty Burrell) is forced into early retirement. But her sure-fire win and butter queen legacy is threatened by the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of a local couple (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). Complicating things further is the addition of Bob's would-be mistress (Olivia Wilde) and his #1 fan (Kristen Schaal) in the butter carving mix.

Writer Jason Micallef, winner of the 2008 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his "Butter" screenplay, joins host Pete Hammond for a Q&A after the show!

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Jennifer Garner in 'Butter'


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