The Education of Charlie Banks" Selected for Maltin Class Screening

Cranston, RI, April 03, 2009 --( Strongheart Pictures announced today that The Education of Charlie Banks was selected by iconic film critic Leonard Maltin to be shown to his University of Southern California film class. Maltin teaches a course of Theatrical Film Symposium with 360 students, many of them film majors. The film was screened to the entire class on March 26, 2009 at the schools Cinematic Arts Complex. The screening was followed by a moderation by Maltin and a Q and A session of the films representatives. Fred Durst; the films director, Jason Ritter; one of the stars and Peter Elkoff; the writer, all attended the screening. Elkoff stated that the students were “totally into the film”.

“I was delighted.” commented Ken Guarino, CEO of Strongheart Pictures. “Knowing that Mr. Maltin found the movie to be well developed and have enough depth to explore its characters and personalities in detail with his class, is a great achievement for everyone involved. Performances like Jason Ritter’s “Mick”, Jesse Eisenberg’s “Charlie” and Eva Amurri’s “Mary” were perfectly coupled with first-time director Fred Durst’s unflinching vision, to bring this movie to life.”

Additional notice of the solid character based performance is confirmed with several other critic reviews such as writer Elliot Kotek, of Moving Pictures magazine, who noted in his review, “Jesse Eisenberg threatened to explode onto the scene following Noah Baumbach's embracing ensemble flick, The Squid and the Whale. He is, as he was in Squid, perfectly appropriate for this role, and would be the one to watch if Jason Ritter weren't so damn good …. Ritter really breathes a palpable sense of danger to the role, turning the tables on his off-screen nice-guy persona…..Durst has delivered a film of pedigree.”

Charlie Banks was shot almost entirely at Brown University and other locations around Rhode Island and New York City. “The reviews from critics confirm that we have broken the monotony of college aged films that rely so heavily on raunchy jokes and gags, and have produced a true college-aged drama.” added Guarino. The film was an award winner at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and Jason Ritter was awarded the Best Breakthrough Performance award at the 2008 Lone Star Film Festival. The film is currently playing exclusively at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Theatre.

About Strongheart Pictures, LLC

Strongheart Pictures, LLC is an independent film production company based in Cranston, Rhode Island. Its mission is to produce creative films – bringing fringe and emerging directors and artists to a wider audience. Strongheart Pictures is designed to facilitate the development, funding, production and distribution of these films.


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