On April 4th, 2017, movie theaters across the country will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the movie 1984 (starring John Hurt who, sadly, just passed away). This date has been chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. We hope that through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings will galvanize people to come together at the crossroads of cinema and community to foster communication and resistance against current efforts that undermine the most basic tenets of our society. Proceeds from this screening will be used for the purposes of underwriting future educational and community-related programming.

Adapted from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel by writer-director Michael Radford, 1984 stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, a drone in a totalitarian state dominated by the supreme figurehead, Big Brother. Attempting to break out, he has an affair with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), a rebellious sensualist, but then has to deal with O’Brien (Richard Burton), a powerful tool of the state. Winston and Julia are tracked down by the Thought Police and “re-educated” into loving the State.