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Screening of “Chris and Don: A Love Story” TONIGHT!

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

A SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY “CHRIS AND DON: A LOVE STORY”
TO BE HOSTED BY THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:30PM

FILM CHRONICLES DECADES-LONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BRITISH WRITER
CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD AND AMERICAN PAINTER DON BACHARDY

Q&A SESSION WITH FILMMAKERS GUIDO SANTI AND TINA MASCARA

West Hollywood, CA: On Friday November 13 at 7:30PM, the City of West Hollywood will host a screening of the feature-length documentary film Chris and Don: A Love Story (Zeitgeist Films). As part of the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara. This special evening is part of a series of local events organized by the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. It is free and open to the public, and takes place at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers at West Hollywood Library (625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 90069; free parking is available in the 5-story structure behind the Library). To RSVP: www.bitly.com/chrisanddon

Chris and Don: A Love Story is the true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between Anglo-American writer Christopher Isherwood and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, 30 years his junior. It is brought to life by a wealth of multimedia elements—Bachardy’s contemporary reminiscences (in the Santa Monica home he shared with Isherwood until his death in 1986) interact with archival footage, rare home movies, reenactments, and whimsical animations based on the cat-and-horse cartoons the pair used in their personal correspondence.

Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) was a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and diarist, who authored such works as The Berlin Diaries (the basis for all iterations of Cabaret) and Christopher and His Kind. Isherwood’s masterpiece, A Single Man, set in Southern California and published 50 years ago, is among the first and most influential literary novels about a gay man. Written for gay and straight readers alike, the novel was adapted as a film in 2007 by director Tom Ford.

Don Bachardy (b. 1934) has spent nearly 60 years drawing and painting portraits of major creative, cultural, and political figures. Hollywood, a selection of Bachardy’s portraits of film legends, including stars, screenwriters, and directors, has received international recognition. Isherwood and Bachardy were famous for their eclectic circle of friends, among them an array of artists and intellectuals including Aldous Huxley, Truman Capote, Dodie Smith, among others.

On November 13 and 14, the Huntington Library is convening scholars from around the world for a two-day conference to present new research on the life and writings of Isherwood, with a focus on his California years. For additional details: www.huntington.org.

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, The Christopher Isherwood Foundation will also present “An Evening With Chris and Don” at the Writers’ Boot Camp at Bergamot Station in the City of Santa Monica. For additional details, please visit www.isherwoodfoundation.org.

The November 13 screening of Chris and Don: A Love Story is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and organized by the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, which aims to preserve the creative legacy of Isherwood and Bachardy by keeping their work available to the public in published and unpublished form and by promoting through any appropriate means the enjoyment and study of their work and the unique way of life which allowed them to produce it.

For more information:
www.weho.org/arts
https://zeitgeistfilms.com/film/chrisanddon

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