More than 200 area residents learned the inside scoop on the Robert Redford-directed historical drama “The Conspirator” on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation presented a private screening and gala reception fundraiser at the historic Ambler Theater, featuring a visit from the film’s screenwriter.
A bustling and festive cocktail hour with butlered hors d’oeuvres and raffle gift baskets preceded the screening of the film. The event took place during the nationwide opening weekend for The American Film Company production which tells the story of the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination and stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson. The film was followed by a question-and-answer session with “Conspirator” screenwriter James Solomon.
For the local community, there was an added twist: The American Film Company’s manager of development is Kurt Graver, a 2004 Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate.
Graver, the son of Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation board member Wayne Graver and his wife, Gloria, of Horsham, facilitated arrangements for Solomon’s visit and the screening which benefitted HHEF, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for projects that enrich the Hatboro-Horsham School District’s curriculum and programs that expand the learning experience of the students and community at large.
“I am so excited that HHEF is supporting the film in this terrific way,” said the 25-year-old Graver, now of Santa Monica, California. As manager of development at AFC, Graver handles movie scripts, manages the Web site he designed (www.theamericanfilmcompany.com) and oversees social media accounts.
“Responsibilities vary depending on the stage of production,” said Graver, who, following high school, graduated from Fordham University with a degree in communications. “I’ve wanted to work in the film industry since I can remember,” he said.
AFC, a two-year-old Santa Monica, Calif.-based production company, produces feature films based on true stories in American history. “The Conspirator,” its first film, premiered April 10 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C.
Graver spent countless hours handling behind-the-scenes duties on film, as well as working on the production site in Savannah, Ga. completing behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for DVD and online materials.
“I met Robert Redford, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, Alex Bledel and a few others,” he said. “I couldn’t believe what a relaxed, casual atmosphere it was. Every single member of the cast and crew was great. They built a little family down there and the camaraderie was evident everywhere you went. I remember thinking everyone, especially Redford, was younger-looking in person.”
Graver was not able to attend the HHEF presentation because he had to be back in Los Angeles after the Washington D.C. premiere.
For more information about the film, visit http://www.conspiratorthemovie.com/