Fathom Events to host 'Rosewater' Q&A event with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
Fathom Events and Open Road Films are partnering to present "Rosewater: Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Live.” The event will include the feature film Rosewater followed by a live Q&A with Stewart, the film’s screenwriter, director and producer, interviewed by his former “Daily Show” correspondent Stephen Colbert, host and executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” broadcast from New York City.
Fans can join the conversation by tweeting questions now via Twitter using the hashtag #RosewaterLive. This event will be shown in more than 300 select cinemas nationwide for one night on Nov. 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 bestselling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, which is now available in paperback and titled after the upcoming movie. Rosewater opens in theatres nationwide on Nov. 14.
Tickets for the event are available at participating theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, he returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’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 “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days. In October 2009, with Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including “The Daily Show” 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,” said Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films. “Moviegoers 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 theatres across the country."