Award-winning journalist Bob Moore will join best-selling author Ron Stallworth and his wife, Patsy Terrazas-Stallworth, for a special benefit screening of the the Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Ron and Patsy will take part in a Q&A after the screening. Former El Paso Times editor Moore will moderate. The movie is based on Ron’s book, Black Klansman.
Hosted by the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival, the screening is a benefit for the Migrant Families Relief Fund in the El Paso Community Foundation.
Tickets are a suggested donation of $50, available at epcf.org/bkkk and at the door. Souvenir tickets will be handed out at the door.
Stallworth, who was a guest at last year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, has described his Hollywood experience with the film and his book as “once in a lifetime.” The El Paso-based author’s memoir details how the Austin High School graduate and Colorado Springs police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s.
It was published independently in 2014 and reissued in 2018 by McMillan’s Flatiron Books, becoming a New York Times best-seller.
Pre-signed copies will be available for sale at the event from 6 to 8 p.m.
Director Spike Lee’s film version, BlacKkKlansman, has grossed more than $90 million since its Focus Features release on August 10, 2018. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won the Oscar, Lee’s first, for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The New York Times called it one of Lee’s “greatest” films.
BlacKkKlansman is rated R.
The Migrant Families Relief Fund was created in 2018 to assist four El Paso nonprofits that provide shelter, legal services, advocacy and other support for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. — Annunciation House; the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee; Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services; and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.
Go to epcf.org/families to donate.