Fathom Events and Open Road Films are partnering to present the exclusive â€œRosewater: Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert LIVEâ€ event, including the feature film Rosewater followed by a Live Q&A with Jon Stewart, the filmâ€™s screen writer, director and producer, interviewed by Stephen Colbert, host and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award Winning series â€œThe Colbert Report,â€ broadcast from New York City. Fans can join the conversation by Tweeting questions now via Twitter using the hashtag #RosewaterLive. This special event will be showcased in select cinemas nationwide for only one night on November 13 live at 7:30 p.m. ET and tape delayed to 7:30 p.m. local time in all other time zones. Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir â€œThen They Came for Me: A Familyâ€™s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,â€ written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, which is now available in paperback and titled after the upcoming movie. Following the exclusive Fathom Events preview on November 13, Rosewater will be in theaters nationwide on November 14.
Tickets for â€œRosewater: Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert LIVEâ€ are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters nationwide through Fathomâ€™s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
A true story, Rosewater marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of â€œThe Daily Showâ€ host and executive producer Jon Stewart, and stars Gael GarcÃa Bernal, leading an international cast. Rosewater is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane serving as executive producers.
Rosewater has a direct connection to Stewart, who since taking over as host of Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œThe Daily Showâ€ in 1999, has turned the nightly half-hour satirical look at newsmakers and news-coverers into not only a perennial Emmy-winning juggernaut, but also an important touchstone on the zeitgeist. Stewart and â€œThe Daily Showâ€ covered Bahariâ€™s saga nightly and the journalist appeared on the show to talk about his ordeal once he was released from prison.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussaviâ€™s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejadâ€™s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as â€œRosewater,â€ who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days. In October 2009, with Bahariâ€™s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including â€œThe Daily Show with Jon Stewartâ€ continuing to keep the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.
“Rosewater has been celebrated by early festival audiences as well as critics,â€ said Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films. â€œMoviegoers have expressed incredible enthusiasm about the upcoming release of Jon Stewart’s directorial debut and we are thrilled to be able to bring this special event with two icons to theaters across the country.”
â€œRosewater is an important story that must be told to the world,â€ said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. â€œThe chance to see it first and hear the thought-provoking insight directly from the filmâ€™s creator should not be missed.â€
Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC.Â Fathom is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainmentâ€™s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally, Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras â€“ creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathomâ€™s live digital broadcast network (â€œDBNâ€) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 750 locations in 171 Designated Market AreasÂ® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
Open Road Films is a dynamic, acquisition-based domestic theatrical distribution and marketing company which annually releases a diverse slate of star-driven motion pictures which has included multiple #1 releases. It was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. Open Road and its lenders recently extended the company’s $100,000,000 credit facility through 2018.Â