Movie buffs in Cumberland County will help a local nonprofit when they go to see Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland in “The Leisure Seeker” two days before the film opens in theaters.
Sony Pictures Classics donated the film “The Leisure Seeker” to Carlisle CARES to use as a fundraiser. The film will be shown Jan. 17 at Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the movie beginning at 7 p.m.
“I’d like to say that I’m really good at arranging things for Carlisle CARES. However, when your cousin is president of Sony Pictures Classics, it does help,” said Jim Sniscak, a board member for Carlisle CARES.
Sniscak said his cousin, Tom Bernard, has been president of Sony Pictures Classics since 1992. Bernard had nine films being released between September 2017 and March 2018. He told Sniscak to go through them and pick out what he wanted for a premier event that would be “one shot, one day, a week or two days before the nationwide release.”
A distribution manager from Sony does not expect the movie to be back in the area for 4-6 weeks after the fundraising event next week, Sniscak said.
Mirren earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in “The Leisure Seeker,” in which an older couple, one with Alzheimer’s and the other with cancer, escapes their protective children to go on a journey from Boston to Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West in an old RV they call the Leisure Seeker.
Beth Kempf, program director at Carlisle CARES, said there are similarities between the movie’s storyline and CARES, an agency serving the emergency needs of the homeless. No one imagines having cancer or Alzheimer’s or becoming homeless, and often people find it hard to relate to those problems.
“The storyline is something not everyone will be able to totally relate to. They may not imagine that would happen to them. The beauty of bringing the two of them together is maybe they can’t imagine that it would happen to them, but the compassion in their heart can imagine how they can help with it,” Kempf said.
Eleven local restaurants will provide hors d’oeuvres for the preshow reception, and beverages will also be provided. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available online at carlislecares.org or at the Carlisle Theatre Box Office.
The timing of the event is perfect for the nonprofit as it enters the sometimes lean months of January and February.
“It’s a great opportunity to have a fun time and introduce, possibly, a new group of people to who Carlisle CARES is and what we represent and who we represent in the community,” said Shari Bellish, executive director of Carlisle CARES.
Sniscak invited moviegoers from across the county to the event, noting that the organization’s services are not limited to Carlisle alone but extend throughout the county.
“There’s 250,000 people in Cumberland County. We just want 500 or 600 of them to show up,” Sniscak said.