Films will feature Q&As and livewatch parties with filmmakers Julian Fellowes, Kevin Smith and Wes Anderson
Focus Features announced today that it is pivoting from their currently standing “Focus Fridays” live-streaming program to “Focus Movie Mondays,” hoping to bring moviegoers back to the movies from the comfort of their own homes. Beginning on Monday April 6th, Focus Features will be live-streaming a film exclusively on their Facebook page (here) every Monday in April for free. Each livestream will include a link to donate to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s COVID 19 Response Fund.
The program originated back in 2017 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the studio by livestreaming classic Focus films during the summer – past titles have included The Kids Are All Right, Pride & Prejudice, The Constant Gardener, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Intended as a celebration of film, the program brings moviegoers together through social media, as the livestreams allow chat functionalities between the studio, filmmakers, viewers, and talent alike to have live watch parties together. Focus Movie Mondays’ planned programming includes a screening watch party of Gosford Park, written by Julian Fellowes who received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film, another screening watch party of Mallrats with Kevin Smith, one of Moonrise Kingdom where Wes Anderson will take questions from viewers prior to the livestream, and more. Full screening schedule below. Each live-stream will begin at 5PM PST / 8PM EST starting April 6 on the Focus Features Facebook page.
Focus Movie Mondays Current Schedule
– April 6 at 5pm PST/8pm EST: Gosford Park – more information on the livestream is here
Questions will be collected this Thursday, April 2 for Julian Fellowes and his answers will be revealed during the livestream.
– April 13 at 5pm PST/8pm EST: Moonrise Kingdom – more information on the livestream is here
Questions will be collected Tuesday, April 7 for Wes Anderson and his answers will be revealed during the livestream.
– April 20 at 5pm PST/8pm EST: Mallrats including live Watch Party with Kevin Smith – more information on the livestream is here
– April 27 at 5pm PST/8pm EST: My Summer of Love – more information on the livestream is here