"If you love films and care about filmmakers, you'll have a hard time putting this book down. These lively conversations reveal just how much one generation of filmmakers influences the next - and how a single movie can change the course of a young person's life and career."
-Leonard Maltin, author of Leanord Martin's Movie Guide
"A great and provocative read. Elder begins with a simple question and leads a wide variety of filmmakers down all sorts of unexpected paths. Why do we respond so passionately, even irrationally, to the movies that change our lives? The wonderful thing about being a critic or a lifelong movie lover is that life changes all the time in relation to the spells being cast on the screen. Elder's book honors that alchemic relationship many times over. It's addictive."
-Michael Phillips, film critic, Chicago Tribune
John Waters “The Wizard of Oz” in Chicago June 11
Director John Waters (“Hairspray,” “Pink Flamingos”) is coming to Chicago one week from today to present “The Wizard of Oz” with me at the Music Box Theatre. It’s the first in the series “The Film That Changed My Life,” based on my book of the same name. Waters will introduce the film, then I’ll interview him on stage after (spoiler alert!) Dorothy ends up back in Kansas. Below is a postcard with more details, but full info for the Saturday, June 11, event is here. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought here. Hurry, they are almost gone! Hope to see you there! Rob ** “The Film That Changed My Life” Series presents… THE WIZARD OF OZ featuring John Waters in person! Hosted by Music Box Theatre and Robert K. Elder Director John Waters will host a screening of THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Music Box Theatre on June 11 to kick off the new series “The Film That Changed My Life,” based on Robert K. Elder’s book of the same name. Waters will appear live to introduce the movie and have a post-film discussion with Elder. Waters says that a single line from THE WIZARD OF OZ —“Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?”—inspired his life. “I sometimes say it to myself before I go to sleep, like a prayer,” Waters says in the book. Waters and Elder will sign copies “The Film That Changed My Life” and Waters’ book “Role Models” following the screening and Q & A. DATE OF EVENT Saturday, June 11, 5:30 TICKET INFORMATION $22 in advance (available on-line and at the box office) $27 day-of (Assigned seating) ABOUT JOHN WATERS John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known … Continue reading