Something Cinematic

Local premiere of Once Upon a River planned

Once Upon a River, hailed as one of the “most anticipated movies of fall 2020” by Time magazine and based on the best-selling book by local author Bonnie Jo Campbell, makes its national virtual debut Oct. 2, after winning 17 awards at film festivals. The Ladies Library Association is offering the Kalamazoo premiere of the movie that day via virtual streaming. The online event will begin at 7 p.m.

This Midwestern gothic story is, in the words of Jane Smiley for The New York Times, “an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom.” The story takes place in 1970s rural Michigan as a traumatized young woman embarks on a river odyssey to find her estranged mother.

The day before the premiere, Campbell will engage in a Facebook live discussion from 1–1:45 p.m. of her experiences during the process of having her novel adapted into a major motion picture.

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