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