'Brittany Runs a Marathon' Crosses the Finish Line at the Fall KCET Cinema Series on August 13

Q&A immediately following with writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo.

Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell) is everybody’s best friend ― except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor’s office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon.

Playing Brittany was Bell’s first lead role in a film, as well as her first time serving as an executive producer. “It meant a lot for it to be this movie,” she says. “Seeing someone like her as the lead in a movie was very important to me. This is a real woman’s story that comes with all of real life’s ups and downs. Brittany is messy and lovable and heartbreaking and joyful and raw and funny all at the same time. At 27, she’s trying to make sense of her life.”

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The film screens at 7:00 p.m. at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Deadline’s chief film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen on KCET’s Must See Movies, will moderate the Q&A immediately following with writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo. “Brittany Runs a Marathon” will be released in theatres by Amazon Studios on August 23, 2019.

The fall season of the KCET Cinema Series is generously sponsored by Deadline.com. The season begins on August 13 and runs through October 1. Season passes are available online and individual admissions are available at the door for $30 each. The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 and nearby parking is available. To learn more about the series call 201.747.5238.

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