Exodus Homes and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir Rhyne University will present a special showing of “Life of a King” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. which portrays the life story of local chess mentor Eugene Brown, and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids in Washington D.C. something he never had - a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery, and went on to share the game as a strategy for living. The film will be shown on February 24, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Belk Centrum Auditorium.
Brown is a member of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, and a lifelong friend of the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, founder and executive director of Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency that provides faith based supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison.
After his release and reentry into the workforce, Brown developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club in Washington, D.C. to get kids off the streets, and gave them a new vision for their life above their circumstances. The film “Life of a King” tells his story from daring introductory chess lessons to groups of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the club, and the teens' first local chess competitions. The film reveals his difficult, inspirational journey, and how he changed the lives of a group of teens who had no endgame. The film was released in late 2013, and has been showing in theaters around the country.
Exodus Homes and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University decided to bring the film here with Eugene Brown as their special guest for the evening. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a panel discussion after the screening for questions and answers about using chess as a strategy for successful living, and the making of this inspiring film.
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Recommendations – “Short Term 12, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”
Due to the snowfall in the area, tonight's screening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is CANCELLED.
We will make a decision for Thursday's screening tomorrow and put up a notice ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you in the theater soon.
Footcandle Film Society is pleased to announce that we will be bringing "Inside Llewyn Davis", the latest from the Coen Brothers, to the Carolina Theater February 12th & 13th at 7pm. A discussion on the film will be held after the screening on February 13th.
About the film:
"Inside Llewyn Davis" follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. The film stars newcomer Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Coen Brothers regular John Goodman.
Footcandle Film Society is pleased to announce that we will be screening the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm in the downstairs auditorium of the Carolina Theater. Footcandle will be partnering with Lenoir-Rhyne University as part of their Visiting Writers Series for this event. The screening is open to the public. Admission is free for Footcandle members and $5 for non-members. Please come join us for the film and a discussion afterwards.
About the film:
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their run, this group of musicians had played on more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined. These musicians had gone largely unrecognized until this film gave them their time in the spotlight.