12/16 Gus Van Sant hosts screening of his new film Promised Land as a fundraiser for Outside In

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You are invited to a special benefit screening of Gus Van Sant's newest film, Promised Land!

When: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
Cost: Private Reception A private reception with Gus Van Sant will be held prior to the screening for sponsors. If you are interested in the reception please contact bradb@outsidein.org. Tickets to the reception are $500.
  General Admission $49 (balcony seats)
  Premium Seats $79 (orchestra seats)
Tickets: Cascade Tickets
  McMenamin's box offices at the Bagdad Theater or at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside
  Minors permitted with guardian.

Director Gus Van Sant will launch a special screening of his newest film Promised Land in Portland Dec. 16 - and you are invited!

All proceeds from the event will benefit Outside In.

The film reunites Van Sant with actor Matt Damon. Their past work together included Good Will Hunting.

The show begins 7:30 p.m. at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 Hawthorne Blvd.

Matt Damon portrays a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town. Amid the prospect of drilling rights offering much-needed economic relief, he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors.

The cast also features John Krasinski, Acadamy Award winner Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook.

Van Sant says Promised Land "tackles big issues but with a lot of humor and humility. It's a story about real people, with all their foibles as well as their greatness."

Gus has been a long time friend and supporter of Outside In and is thrilled to have the opportunity again to support the agency with a benefit screening.

"Outside In provides a medical clinic as well as services for homeless youth.  The Portland event will raise money for-and awareness of -the needs of these clients," said Kathy Oliver, Executive Director.

The screening will be held at 7:30 p.m. December 16 at McMenamins Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.  A private reception with Gus Van Sant will be held prior to the screening for sponsors.  

In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Gus Van Sant (MILK, Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho) helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.

Promised Land unfolds as Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer — for drilling rights to their properties — as much-needed relief. Complication arise professionally, by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates (Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook) and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt). With the arrival of a slick environmentalist activist Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), the personal and professional stakes rise to the boiling point.

Promised Land keenly distills questions of how American values have evolved. These explorations come in part through a small town's decisions when a natural gas company seeks to extract gas from shale rock formations through the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Tickets are available online via Cascade Tickets: $49 for general admission (balcony seats) or $79 for premium seats (orchestra seats). Outside In anticipates a strong turnout and strongly suggest purchasing tickets in advance. Online ticketing fees may be avoided by direct purchase from McMenamins box offices located at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., or the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Please check the McMenamins website for more ticketing information: (http://www.mcmenamins.com) .

For more information, contact Brad Bolchunos at bradb@outsidein.org

 

 

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