As part of its April 30 spring benefit, the Avalon Theatre will screen the Western classic “High Noon” followed by an author’s talk on the backdrop of the 1952 film.
The event will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Glenn Frankel, whose new book explores the “Red Scare”-era background details of “High Noon,” according to a release. During the film’s shooting, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before Congress about his former membership in the Communist Party, and ultimately was blacklisted and fled the United States. The film went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
“‘High Noon’ is one of those classic American films that still resonates over sixty years later,” Avalon executive director Bill Oberdorfer said in the release.
The April 30 benefit will start with a 5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Design Cuisine, followed by the event program (film screening and author discussion) starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $250 for the reception and $50 for the program only. The fundraiser will support film education programs and other essential operating needs for the 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW theater, according to the release.
Leading up to the event, the Avalon will present three other films that address the Hollywood blacklist and its aftermath: “Trumbo,” “Good Night and Good Luck” and “The Way We Were.” Details are available at theavalon.org/2017benefit.