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UCR Playwright’s First Film Chosen for Festival


UCR Playwright’s First Film Chosen for Festival

Charles Evered’s “Adopt a Sailor” will screen at Williamstown Film Festival.

(September 2, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – “Adopt a Sailor,” a feature film written and directed by UC Riverside playwright Charles Evered, will be an official selection at the 2008 Williamstown Film Festival in Williamstown, Mass., in October.

The film – which stars Emmy and Tony Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy winner Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck, grandson of Gregory Peck – premiered at UCR’s Palm Desert Graduate Center in August.

Evered, an assistant professor of theatre, wrote “Adopt a Sailor” as a 10-minute play that was part of a Brave New World showcase to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It is the story of a sophisticated couple from New York City’s Upper West Side who forget they have volunteered to “adopt” a sailor for dinner during Fleet Week. Evered expanded the play and shifted the focus to a more universal theme about the sacrifices of men and women in the armed forces.

The playwright said he is proud of his first film.

“I hope that people will come away from the film thinking about the times we live in. I never had any intention of making a political film. In fact, to me, this is a film about a family. Not about a blood-related family, but rather about three very different people who come together for a very short time and become a sort of family,” Evered said. “My hopes for the film are realistic and clear; simply that it finds an audience. Maybe at festivals, maybe via DVD, maybe in theaters. It actually makes no difference to me how people discover the film, only that they discover it.”

Evered said he enjoyed working with producer Kim Waltrip and the amazing cast, and “couldn’t be more proud of the work we did.”

Waltrip, a partner in WonderStar Productions, said she wanted to produce the movie because of Evered’s script, which she called “brilliant.”

“It’s a mix of topical daring, comedic narcissism and a dash of military thrown in,” Waltrip said. “It’s not a political film. Just enough of an undertone to make you reflect on who exactly is out there fighting for our freedoms. But the story is more about a bourgeois couple who are forever changed by the young sailor who enters their lives. Charles Evered is a super-talent. I would produce anything he has written.”

Some of the scenes for “Adopt a Sailor” were shot during Fleet Week in New York City in May. The rest were shot in a Coachella Valley home decorated to resemble a posh New York apartment.

“Adopt a Sailor” will appear at international film festivals before it is released for general distribution, Evered said.


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