KCETLink and The Johnny Mercer Foundation Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'Charade' with Special Screening at the Historic Aero Theatre on July 23

BURBANK, CALIF. - July 18, 2013 - KCETLink, in

collaboration with The Johnny Mercer Foundation, will commemorate the 50th

anniversary of the classic comedic thriller, Charade, during the KCET

Summer Cinema Series at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on July 23 at

7 p.m.


Each summer, the KCET Summer Cinema Series, presented by

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the E. Hofert Dailey Trust showcase nine weeks

of the best new films before their theatrical release, as well as a classic

Mercer scored film.

A four-time Academy Award ® winner, Mercer, along with

Henry Mancini, scored Charade in 1963, which stars Cary Grant and

Audrey Hepburn. The film's title song was nominated for an Academy Award for

'Best Original Song' the following year.

"Once again, we're pleased to pay homage to Johnny

Mercer and this legendary film," said Pete Hammond, renowned film critic and

host of the KCET Summer Cinema Series. "The dynamic performances, the

Parisian backdrop and, of course, the melodic score created a timeless work of

art that is beloved by movie lovers near and far."


Directed by Stanley Donen, Charade follows a trio

of crooks who relentlessly pursue a young American, played by Hepburn, through

Paris in an attempt to recover the fortune her dead husband stole from them.

The only person she can trust is Grant's suave, mysterious stranger.

The film

screening will be followed by a lively Q & A hosted by Hammond.  The

Fall KCET Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre begins August 20 and will run until

October 15 every Tuesday at 7 p.m. To make a reservation to attend the 50th

anniversary screening of Charade, please visit kcet.org/cinemaseries or

call (747) 201-5800.



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The mission of

the Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) is to support the discipline of songwriting

in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and

work of Johnny Mercer: the most prolific lyricist, composer, performer,

collaborator, and producer of the 20th Century. The Foundation continues

Johnny's legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to

celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered, and the causes he and

Ginger Mercer championed. JMF partners with several institutions including:

LyricNOTES?¢ with the Kaufman Center in New York City; The Johnny Mercer

Songwriters Project with Northwestern University (The American Music Theatre

Project) to nurture and encourage young talent in the field of songwriting and

The Johnny Mercer Collection at Georgia State University, where Johnny's many

works and memorabilia are housed. They also support Georgia State University in

a fellowship-type program to facilitate music education through the development

of an elementary and middle school curriculum that focuses on, but is not

limited to, songwriting and the Great American Songbook.