The Jack London Foundation is excited to announce a very special fundraising event: A pre-release movie screening of a thrilling full-length crime drama based on two riveting short stories and a novel by Jack London, the world-famous American author who lived in Sonoma County. On hand will be the star of Part III who plays Elam “Burning Daylight” Harnish, Robert Knepper, and the film's director, Sanzhar Sultanov, who will participate in a question-and-answer session directly following the movie. This special screening will take place on Monday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma. Worldwide release of the movie is scheduled for mid-September.
Set in 1920’s New York City, the film stars Robert Knepper (Heroes, Prison Break, Good Night and Good Luck) and Paul Calderon (The Last Castle). Based on “Just Meat”, “To Kill A Man”, and Burning Daylight, the movie is divided into three parts and examines “friendship and betrayal, courtesy and duplicity, morality and corruption, with no wolves, save for the human kind.” Part I depicts the lives of two low-life thieves enjoying a post-heist euphoria and a subtle, ever-increasing rivalry. Part II details a mind game between a manipulative, wealthy woman and a seemingly inane, destitute thief. Part III features a duel between a legendary, self-made, Klondike Gold millionaire with a heinous past and the masterminds of a Wall Street scam, yet all fall prey to a quietly sophisticated, calculating woman. Illustrating the social philosophy that “for one to win, the other must lose”, the trilogy weaves a moral tapestry on the human condition—the transient nature of vanity, the seductive qualities of money and fame, the pervasiveness of deception and corruption, the fleeting quality of earthly possessions, and the basic human instinct to survive.
Director Sultanov, who adapted London’s works for his feature film debut, reflects: “This is the beauty and genius of Jack London. He was an enlightened and visionary writer, who wrote about human behavior. . . . His stories are timeless because people haven’t changed.”
Pre-event tickets are available through the Jack London Foundation, a nonprofit educational corporation. If any tickets remain, they will be sold at the door. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $10 for students (18 and under). Net proceeds benefit the Foundation’s annual student scholarship Writing Contest.
For more details about the event, visit the Foundation’s Web site: http://www.jacklondonfdn.org
For more information about the movie, visit “Burning Daylight” on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burning-Daylight/112685438758308, or for details about the movie, actors and more, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1572777/
To view the official movie trailer, you can surf to: http://www.reverson.ca/documents/BurningDaylightTrailerOfficial.mpg
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Jack London Foundation
The Jack London Educational Research Foundation, Inc. was established in August, 1976, and became a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of California in December, 1981. Originally, its purpose was to maintain source material and memorabilia in addition to promoting research activities of the life and work of Jack London. Aside from offering free assistance to writers, researchers and others interested in Jack London, the Foundation sponsors a monthly Jack London Reading Group, as well as resources for Jack London seminars and symposia.
The Foundation discovered that young people are intrigued by the adventuresome life and works of Jack London. Taking advantage of this, to help expand their reading and writing skills, the Foundation instigated a Descriptive Writing Contest. We solicit the participation of high school students from around the country to enter our writing contest. Three winners are selected each year. The writer of the essay or short story best capturing the spirit of Jack London and judged to be most meritorious receives $1000.00. The second place winner receives $500.00 and the third place winner receives $250.00. The primary funding for the Jack London Foundation’s activities is generated via an annual auction of donated materials.
In continuance of the values held so dear to Jack London, the Jack London Foundation is proud of its record of providing educational and research assistance to all, regardless of race, gender, or religion.
This event is a special benefit fundraiser for the Foundation's annual student scholarship writing contest.