Sweet Liberty Starring Alan Alda – May 20, 4PM

Westport Cinema Initiative is delighted to announce it will host a screening of the 1986 film “Sweet Liberty” starring Alan Alda. The screening is being held in partnership with the Westport Library’s signature fundraiser BOOKED for the Evening on June 5, 2017, which is honoring Mr. Alda.

In addition to starring in “Sweet Liberty”, Mr. Alda also wrote and directed the film in which his character Michael writes a book on the Revolutionary War and sells the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes infatuated with Faith who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen and his girlfriend who is talking about commitment.

“A significant part of our mission at WCI is our commitment to showcasing films that enhance the activities of the culture and arts organizations of Westport,” said WCI Director Sandra Lefkowitz. “With Alan Alda as this year’s BOOKED honoree, we thought Sweet Liberty perfectly highlights the depth of his talents.”

The screening will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 4 p.m. at Westport Town Hall. There will be a discussion after the film screening. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for charter members. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at westportcinema.org

BOOKED for the evening is the Library’s signature fundraising event. On this occasion, the Library honors an individual whose work reflects the purpose of the Library—to nurture the love of learning and to enhance our understanding of the world. Previous award winners are Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Arthur Mitchell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Oscar Hijuelos, Adam Gopnik, Will Shortz, Patti Smith, Barry Levinson, Jon Meacham, Nile Rodgers, Lynsey Addario and Ron Chernow.

Mr. Alda has won seven Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bridge of Spies and much more. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.