'Green Book' Takes Audiences on a Feel-Good Road Trip at the Winter KCET Cinema Series on November 20

Q&A immediately following with director Peter Farrelly and his co-writers Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie. 

The film is based on the true story of a black concert pianist (Don Shirley) who in the 1960s hires an ill-mannered New York City bouncer (Tony Lip) to chauffeur him on a concert tour in the Jim Crow South. Starring Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight," "Hidden Figures") and Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy). The film's title refers to an actual travel guidebook that assisted African-American motorists in coping with discriminatory laws, as well as identifying gas stations, restaurants and hotels that refused services during the segregation era in America. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the screenplay was written by Lip's son Nick Vallelonga, as well as Farrelly and Brian Hayes Currie.

From this trip emerged a lifelong friendship, as Vallelonga recalls. "He was a meticulous, well-dressed, well-spoken man. And he was so nice to my brother and me. He was very interested in my father's family," Vallelonga said of Shirley in an interview for Green Book.

Story continues below

The film screens at 7:00 p.m. at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks. Immediately following the screening, Deadline’s chief film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen on KCET’s Must See Movies, will moderate a Q&A session with director Peter Farrelly and his co-writers Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie. 

“Green Book” will be released in theaters on November 16 by Universal Pictures.

Deadline.com is the presenting sponsor for the winter season of the KCET Cinema Series, which runs October 23 through December 11. The winter series is sold out and there will not be walk-up admissions available for the screenings.            

We are dedicated to providing you with articles like this one. Show your support with a tax-deductible contribution to KCET. After all, public media is meant for the public. It belongs to all of us.

Keep Reading