Press Release — 13 Days

November 29, 2000
Contact: Caty Borum (213) 821-1284
The Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg Hosts Free Advance Screening of Thirteen Days, Starring Kevin Costner

Panel Discussion to Follow

Kennedy, Nixon White House advisors, and Thirteen Days producer and screenwriter are expert panelists

LOS ANGELES – The Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg will host a free screening of Thirteen Days, a new film starring Kevin Costner, on Tuesday, December 5, at 4 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium. Following the film, a panel of experts will discuss the making of the film and the role of White House advisors in times of political crisis. The panel includes former speechwriter and advisor to Robert Kennedy, USC Annenberg Journalism Professor Ed Guthman; Thirteen Days producer Peter O. Almond; Thirteen Days screenwriter David Self; and former White House advisor to President Nixon, John Dean. The panel will begin at 6 p.m.

The film chronicles the chaos and drama of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the brink of nuclear war for a frightening thirteen days. Billed as an early Golden Globe contender by the Los Angeles Times and directed by Roger Donaldson, the film opens in theaters nationwide on December 20, 2000.

Panelists will discuss the making of the film, the true events that transpired behind the scenes during the crisis, and the reality and dramatization of White House events and characters. A reception also follows the screening.

The event is free and open to the public. For confirmed seating, call 213-740-5658 or email Enter through Gate 6 on Vermont Avenue at W. 36th Pl. (between Jefferson and Exposition boulevards). Parking is free to journalists upon presentation of press credentials, $6 to the public.

The Norman Lear Center is a multidisciplinary research and public policy center exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. The Center is a unique convener of entertainment industry professionals, scholars, public figures, and social critics. The impact of entertainment on news and politics is a principal focus of the Lear Center.