Opening Night Event
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Film Info
Film Type:Narrative Feature
Special Presentation
Themes:Drama
Current Events/History
Release Year:2017
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Subtitles:No
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rob Reiner
Cast:Woody Harrelson
Michael Stahl-David
Richard Jenkins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jeffrey Donovan
Bill Pullman
Kim Allen
Producer(s):Rob Reiner
Liz Glotzer
Screenwriter:Joey Hartstone
Description

Kick off the 2017 Heartland Film Festival with fellow film lovers and filmmakers at a special event screening honoring Rob Reiner with the Pioneering Spirit: Lifetime Achievement Award and an after-party featuring live music by Josh Kaufman (“The Voice” winner), food from Kahn's Catering, and dancing!

Film Synopsis

After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and onetime mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
 

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