CHUCK

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Soundview Cinemas (7 Soundview Market Place, Port Washington)

Dir. Philippe Falaredeau | 2017 | USA | 98 min | Narrative

He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame—but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption. Elisabeth MossNaomi Watts, Jim Gaffigan and Ron Perlman costar.

Special Guest Speaker (via skype): Producer Michael “Mike” Tollin is an American film and television producer and director. His career highlights included Radio, Coach Carter, and Varsity Blues. He is currently the Co-Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media. He has created and produced such shows as All That, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, One Tree Hill, Smallville, What I Like About You, The Bronx is Burning, and Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. Tollin moved to California and joined forces with Brian Robbins. Together they started Tollin/Robbins Productions. Tollin and Robbins produced their first documentary together Hardwood Dreams, which won the Crystal Heart award at the 1993 Heartland Film Festival. Tollin and Robbins teamed up to direct and produce more than a dozen feature films, award-winning documentaries and hundreds of hours of television. Some of Tollin/Robbins highlights include the films Varsity Blues, Coach Carter, Radio, Dreamer, Wild Hogs and Hardball; the television series Smallville, Arli$$ and One Tree Hill; as well as several award-winning documentaries, including Academy Award nominated Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, which Tollin wrote, produced and directed.

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