Title

'The Front Runner' Screens on Election Day at the Winter 2018 KCET Cinema Series

Following a screening of "The Front Runner," director/co-writer/producer Jason Reitman and producer Helen Estabrook attended a Q&A hosted by Cinema Series host Pete Hammond. The film looks back at the 1988 presidential race and Senator Gary Hart, the Democratic candidate who seems to have a winning path to the White House and enjoys particularly strong appeal with idealistic young voters. When allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the news media, Hart’s (Hugh Jackman) campaign abruptly derails, together with his personal life. Based on the 2014 book "All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid" by Matt Bai.

Jason Reitman is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker. Reitman made his feature film debut with the 2006 Sundance hit "Thank You For Smoking." He notably earned Academy Award nominations for directing "Juno" and "Up In The Air," the latter of which earned Reitman a Golden Globe® Award, WGA Award and BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. His other films include "Young Adult," "Labor Day," "Men, Women and Children" and "Tully," his third collaboration with Diablo Cody and second with Charlize Theron. Reitman has produced three seasons of the Hulu comedy series "Casual" through his Right of Way Films. He also executive produced the Academy Award-winning film "Whiplash" and the Jean-Marc Vallee directed "Demolition "through the production company.

Story continues below

Helen Estabrook is an Academy Award-nominated film and television producer. For many years she ran Right of Way Films. Her career started with Reitman's "Up In The Air," starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. She then went on to executive produce "Tully," "Young Adult," "Demolition" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home." Estabrook spearheaded "Whiplash," producing the “proof of concept” short film as well as the feature film. "Whiplash" won many awards, starting with the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance and culminating in three Academy Awards (with five nominations, including Best Picture). In television, she is an executive producer of the Golden Globe -nominated series "Casual" and has a deal with Hulu under her banner, A Thousand Ships.

Browse photos and listen to the Q&A from the screening below.

 

Cinema Series host Pete Hammond with Director/Co-Writer/Producer Jason Reitman and Producer Helen Estabrook after a screening of "The Front Runner"
Cinema Series host Pete Hammond with Director/Co-Writer/Producer Jason Reitman and Producer Helen Estabrook after a screening of "The Front Runner"
Cinema Series host Pete Hammond, Director/Co-Writer/Producer Jason Reitman and Producer Helen Estabrook participate in a Q&A after a screening of "The Front Runner"
Cinema Series host Pete Hammond, Director/Co-Writer/Producer Jason Reitman and Producer Helen Estabrook participate in a Q&A after a screening of "The Front Runner"

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