Cynics insisted that filmmaker Jonathan Demme only took on the sensitive project known as Philadelphia to atone for Silence of the Lambs and its cross-dressing, mean-tucking serial killer. But all was forgiven by no less an authority than Oscar, when the 1993 drama — one of the first Hollywood productions to address HIV/AIDS and homophobia — earned a Best Actor award for Tom Hanks, as well as a Best Original Song trophy for Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets Of Philadelphia.”
The film comes to the big screen of the Count Basie Theatre on Tuesday, June 10, as the latest in a long-running series of free features — a screening that also caps the 2014 edition of the annual gathering known as Two River Pride.
Established for LGBTQ youth and their allies — and presented as a partnership between Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich, Make It Better for Youth and other local civic, cultural, and community leaders and groups, Two River Pride kicks off at 5:30 pm with a program that includes a special proclamation by Mayor Pasquale Menna, live music by Josh Zuckerman, a sampling of wares from some of Red Bank’s food purveyors, and screenings of three acclaimed shorts from young filmmakers.
Details on the Pride event can be found here on the AllGood section of redbankgreen. Eventgoers can attend the Pride film program, reception and Philadelphia screening — or just arrive at 7 pm for Philadelphia, for which no-charge tickets must be obtained from the Basie box office.