Up in the Air by Andie Salazar

It’s easy to get caught up in the plot twists and fabricated lives portrayed on the silver screen when sitting in the plush seats of a cool, dark theater munching on popcorn. The next installment of the Austin Bat Cave’s ongoing “Page 2 Screen” film series, however, will give Austinites a chance to delve beneath the surface of the Oscar-nominated film Up in the Air.

Hosted April 19, the event will feature a screening and cocktail reception with acclaimed author and the mind behind the 2001 novel on which the movie was based, William Kirn. Kirn will sign copies of his book prior to the screening, as well as meet audience members and speak with Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith about the film adaptation at the reception.

Up in the Air stars George Clooney as a consultant who travels advising those who have been laid off from their jobs, and was nominated for six Academy Awards in 2010. A novelist, critic and essayist, Kirn has also had his book Thumbsucker used as the basis for a movie and another film in the works with Fox Searchlight Pictures based on Mission to America. He has contributed content to many reputable magazines and newspapers, including GQ and the New York Times Magazine.

Proceeds from this “compelling evening of film and conversation,” as described by the press release, will go to the Austin Bat Cave. This nonprofit offers writing and tutoring programs to children age 6-18 in an effort to improve literacy through the development of writing skills.

Tickets for this event are $20 per person and can be purchased through the Stateside Theater website or at (512) 474-1221.

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