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To be held June 18 in partnership between MGM and Cinespia’s Drive-In at The Greek in Los Angeles, the event will serve as a benefit for the LA Regional Food Bank and The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. It will kick off with a conversation between stars Sarandon and Davis and moderated by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Rebecca Keegan. At sundown, the film will then be played on a big screen, allowing the drive-in audience to revisit the Callie Khouri-scripted story that finds Sarandon and Davis as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest. Harvey Keitel and Brad Pitt co-star in the film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards.
“What was so striking was the intense reaction to the film,” recalls Davis. “Thelma and Louise end up driving off a cliff, and still viewers felt exhilarated by their story. It made me realize how few opportunities we give women to come out of a movie feeling inspired and empowered by the female characters. It changed everything about how I chose roles moving forward.”
Added Sarandon: “When we were filming Thelma & Louise thirty years ago, we had no idea the kind of cultural impact it would continue to have for decades. At the time, it was revolutionary to have two women in a film that weren’t enemies and were having fun together on screen. I think that’s been one of the biggest breakthroughs — today there are so many brilliant female actors making films where women aren’t adversarial to each other and have the power to determine their own destiny.”
More information about the event can be found here.
I remember watching Thelma & Louise at 14 at the mall with my big sister and feeling a sense of freedom, excitement, of wind in my hair, of being awake.
I'll be moderating this conversation with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon at the Greek for the film's 30th anniversary. Come! https://t.co/RlpODM0EeP
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) June 3, 2021
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