Writer and director John Mulholland will be joined by producer Richard Zampella, for a free screening of their documentary "Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen" on Wednesday, Feb. 11. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre, located at 135 College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg. A question and answer session will follow the screening. 

With never seen photos and footage from the Gary Cooper estate and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, "Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen" looks back at the friendship of writer Ernest Hemingway and actor Gary Cooper. 

From 1940 when they met until their deaths just seven weeks apart in 1961, Cooper and Hemingway "connected, collided, clashed, and reconnected in Idaho, New York, Cuba, and Paris," according to the film's promotional materials. 

The 130-minute film, narrated by Sam Waterston, features interviews with Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, George Plimpton, and Patricia Neal.

Mulholland also wrote and directed "Inside High Noon" and "Of God & Country: Sergeant York." Other documentaries include "On MacBeth," "Eastern European Composers," "Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol," "Liza Minnelli on Meet Me in St. Louis," "Reflections on Gaslight," and "As Time Goes By: The Children Remember on Casablanca." 

Zampella has produced numerous works by Mulholland including "Sergeant York: Of God & Country" and over 50 episodes of ICONS Radio Hour. He is the chief executive officer of MODA Entertainment and has worked with The Museum of Modern Art and Starwood Hotel Corporation.

Free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, and in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street. Find more parking information online. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Square parking garage or the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. 



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