A Day of Gene Wilder Screenings

09/19/2016

Recently, AJFF honored the memory of Gene Wilder with a special one-day retrospective Lefont Sandy Springs as we brought four classic Gene Wilder films back to the big screen. 

The day began at 12:00 PM as audiences arrived for The Frisco Kid. After the film's introduction by Lefont's own George Lefont and Rabbi Mark Zimmerman, audiences settled in for the cross-country Western comedy in which Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford co-star as a mismatched Polish rabbi and a gunslinging outlaw.

The next film to screen was arguably the one for which Wilder is most well-known, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Though all four of the films screened on Sunday were special, this one was made even more so by the arrival of Willy Wonka himself, who was ready to give the many kids in attendance their complimentary Everlasting Gobstoppers (after, of course, they promised not to give them to Slugworth). 

The audience applauded WABE's Lois Reitzes before she introduced one of her favorite films, Blazing Saddles, the first of two Mel Brooks films screened on Sunday. Seeing the no-holds-barred Western comedy on the big screen was highlight for those in attendance. 

The day came to an end after The Producers was introduced by Matthew Bernstein, Professor of Film and Media Studies of Emory University. When asked by Professor Bernstein who in the audience was seeing the film for the first time, more than half of the audience raised their hands. We're thrilled we could help them see the film the way all films should be seen, on the big screen.

Nearly 400 people came to our special one-day event. Take a look at some photo highlights here. 

Thank you for joining us!

Gene Wilder Screenings