Thursday, February 01, 2007

Trading Places Screening this Thursday

On Thursday, February 8th, 2007, the Austin Film Festival will screen the narrative film TRADING PLACES in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek as part of the Austin Film Festival screening series at the Alamo Lake Creek. Screenwriter Herschel Weingrod will introduce the film. The screening will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek at 7:30 PM and will feature a “prince and pauper” style menu.

Admission is FREE for Austin Film Festival members and just $4 for non-members.

About the Film: Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) is a successful Philadelphia commodity broker with mansion, manservant and girlfriend to match. Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) is a hustling beggar. Winthrope's employers, the elderly Duke brothers, make a bet that by switching the lifestyle of the two Billy Ray will make good and their man will take to a life of crime. Suddenly Louis finds himself uncomprehendingly with no job, no home and only a new acquaintance, glamorous hooker Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), prepared to help him! . So at least in one way things could actually be worse.

Released in 1983 and directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Coming To America).

About the Screenwriter: Herschel Weingrod has been a professional screenwriter for over 20 years, writing such films as Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Brewster's Millions, Space Jam and more. He also produced Falling Down starring Michael Douglas.

Current AFF members are invited to join the screenwriter for a reception and get reserved seating, to find out more about the AFF membership program, click here.

TRADING PLACES kicks off a new monthly screening series at th e Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. Each month the series will feature either an audience favorite from the festival, local premieres, shorts collections or retrospectives of great films.

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