Kevin McCarthy is the writer and director of a screen adaptation of Landscapes of the Heart, a bio-documentary on the celebrated life of Elizabeth Spencer. He is a Hollywood veteran having worked in development and production for a number of major studios and independent production companies. His most notable work includes the feature films What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Leaving Las Vegas and October Sky. He is the author of a number of screenplays and is currently working on adapting two novels. McCarthy is also a theater director and has had plays produced in Los Angeles, Boston and in Europe, where he was Artistic Director of a French theater company for five years.  He lives in Vermont and teaches at Dartmouth University.

Speaking Schedule

Thursday, April 14
10:00 - 10:30 AM
A Conversation with Elizabeth Spencer
Film premiere follows at 10:45 AM


Grant Support Provided By

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust - Chazen Family Foundation - The Kennedy Foundation - Lyndhurst Foundation - Public Education Foundation - Tennessee Arts Commisson - UC Foundation

Media Sponsors

Brewer Media - Chattarati - WDEF News 12 - WUTC 88.1

Program Partners

Anonymous Gift - Baylor School - Medium - Olan & Norma Mills II

Book Patrons

L. Hardwick & Kitty Caldwell - Memorial Healthcare System - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the UTC Department of English - Wild Hare Books

AEC is a funded member of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

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