Last October, I shared the exciting news that MONUMENTS, a new film by Jack C. Newell*, had won spots in a number of (virtual, natch, because of COVID) film festivals—the Nashville Film Festival and Heartland Film Festival (Indianapolis). MONUMENTS was inspired by my short story, “My Ashes at The Met,” and I had the pleasure of serving as a screenplay consultant at several stages of development. Here’s a link to my post if you want to read or re-read.
At Nashville, MONUMENTS won the Audience Award for US Independent Features. Perhaps you’re among the people that voted for it. If so, thank you!
Now, MONUMENTS is getting an actual Los Angeles premiere June 2 at LAEMMLE ROYAL THEATER, and (an even bigger deal) a Limited Art House Release (virtual) Friday, June 4, at the prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center (part of the Chicago Art Institute). What’s really cool is that no matter where you live, you can watch the Chicago release on Friday and can also tune in, FREE, on Saturday at 8 p.m. June 5, to a Q & A session with the director and the film’s primary actors, David Sullivan (Ted), Marguerite Moreau (Laura), and Javier Muñoz (Howl). Click on the link above to the Gene Siskel to register for the event!
If you happen to live in the LA area and would like to attend the 7 p.m. in-person screening June 2, please let me know via the contact feature on this site, and I’ll connect you to Jack for a ticket.
What would be wonderful is if you’d watch the stream version June 4 and review the movie. This is the link to review MONUMENTS on the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB). Scroll down on the page to find the place to find the spot. Ten more reviews, Jack tells me, would give the film a boost. You can also review MONUMENTS at the film tracking site Letterboxd.
With so much out there streaming these days, a really good indie film like MONUMENTS can use a leg-up from viewers that like it. This is a link to ALL the theaters that are showing MONUMENTS in person or streaming it in the coming weeks.
To whet your appetite, here’s the trailer. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
*Full disclosure, Jack C. Newell, MONUMENTS writer and director, is my daughter Rebecca’s husband. He’s a terrific filmmaker, and I’m so proud of him! The photo is of the very small Fons family the last time we were all together, Christmas 2019. From left: me, my husband Mark Davis, my oldest Hannah Fons, my youngest Rebecca Fons, Rebecca’s husband Jack, my middle Mary Fons, Mary’s husband Eric.