Black and White



Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 8, 2014 7:30 PM
Centerpiece Film with Mike Binder
Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 10, 2014 2:45 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Event
Added Screening
Running Time:121
Director:Mike Binder
Producer:Kevin Costner
Todd Lewis
Mike Binder
Screenwriter:Mike Binder
Cinematographer:Russ T. Alsobrook
Editor:Roger Nygard
Cast:Kevin Costner
Jennifer Ehle
Gillian Jacobs
Octavia Spencer
Bill Burr
Print Source:IM Global


CENTERPIECE PROGRAM featuring a conversation with special guest, director Mike Binder

The MVFF Centerpiece celebrates the midpoint of 11 days of superb cinema. Join us on Wednesday, October 8,  for the Centerpiece screening and program with special guest, director Mike Binder. After the program, join us for our Centerpiece Party at Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co., one of Marin County’s premier dining destinations.

Kevin Costner made a deep, instinctual commitment to Black and White (he’s producer and star), and it shows: This searing, complicated film addresses tough issues head-on, yet aims straight for the heart. Several years after his daughter’s passing, New Orleans attorney Elliot Anderson (Academy Award-winner Costner) is dealt another blow when his wife dies in an accident. Together, they had been raising their biracial granddaughter Eloise—played with wise-child aplomb by newcomer Jillian Estell. As Elliot’s everdeepening grief is increasingly fueled by alcohol, Eloise’s African-American grandmother Rowena (the luminous Octavia Spencer) blindsides him with a custody suit. Where should custody reside: with überloving matriarch Rowena and her extended family; with Eloise’s serially absent, druggie dad; or with her white, alcoholic grandfather? As the custody trial unfolds, so do latent prejudices and assumptions on both sides. Writer-director Mike Binder explores a continuing volatile discussion in American life, demonstrating that the power of love, above all, is the key to Eloise’s future.

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