August 30, 2015
Red Circle Sponsor: Kevin Lane
Sometimes you've just got to laugh! So how about a comedy about abortion?
Academy Award winning director, Alexander Payne's, first movie, "Citizen Ruth" was exactly that. Written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, "Citizen Ruth" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996. Director Alexander Payne will be live via Skype for a talk back as part of the event.
Here's what the New York TImes had to say about "Citizen Ruth": "Anyone who thinks the battle over abortion rights is no laughing matter should enjoy being proved wrong by ''Citizen Ruth,'' a hilariously brazen comedy whose heroine is an improbable hoot. Meet Ruth Stoops (as this film was once titled): a skanky, glue-sniffing derelict with four children she doesn't care about and a fifth on the way. When Ruth has to choose between a can of brake fluid and her baby's welfare, that's easy. The brake fluid wins every time...Criminally negligent as Ruth is, she becomes outrageously funny and weirdly lovable thanks to Laura Dern's sidesplitting performance in this role. " The movie also stars Swoozie Kurtz, Kelly Preston and Burt Reynolds. The film,an equal opportunity offender, skewers both sides, and is R-rated.
Presented as a fundraiser in support of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.
"Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops (Laura Dern), a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her.
The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media
circus. See a trailer here.