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SCL Screening: Harriet w/Terence Blanchard, Cynthia Erivo

November 7, 2019   |   7:30pm PST   |   Screening
Invites SCL Members and one guest
to a screening of the Focus Features film

Followed by a Q&A with
Composer and SCL Ambassador

Actress, Singer/Songwriter of “Stand Up”

“Stand Up” written by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo

Film Music Journalist – NPR, LA Times

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The London West Hollywood
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Complimentary valet parking.

*** Limited capacity: RSVP ASAP – click here ***

Please be mindful of the SCL’s Code of Conduct.

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s (Cynthia Erivo) escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s most renowned Civil Rights Activists. Her courage, ingenuity, and heroism freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
PG-13 | 125 min
Oscar® nominee, six-time Grammy®-winner and 2018 USA Fellow trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films, ranging from the documentary When the Levees Broke, to the epic Malcolm X, and the latest, BlacKkKlansman, Blanchard has interwoven melodies that created strong backdrops to human stories. Some of Blanchard’s other film credits include Black or White, Eve’s Bayou, Red Tails, and Barbershop.

He received an Oscar® nomination for his original score for BlacKkKlansman, and was also BAFTA nominated for his original music for the film. He won a Grammy® for Best Instrumental Composition for writing “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil),” a track from BlacKkKlansman.

Recently, Blanchard has composed his second opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the memoir of celebrated writer and New York Times columnist Charles Blow. The opera had its world premiere in St. Louis in June 2019. Fire Shut Up in My Bones will have an upcoming production staged by the Metropolitan Opera, making it the first opera by an African American composer in the institution’s 136-year history. Blanchard’s first opera, Champion premiered in 2013.

With his newest Blue Note jazz album, Live, Blanchard addresses the staggering cyclical epidemic of gun violence in this country. He delivers seven powerful songs recorded live in concert that both reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses while also providing a balm of emotional healing. In June 2019, Blanchard was named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Cynthia Erivo is a Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy®-winning actress who burst onto West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple, and has taken the big screen by storm. Her performance on Broadway earned her several awards, including the Tony® Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, a Grammy® Award as a principal soloist on original cast recording of The Color Purple, a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

In 2018, Erivo made her film debut in Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale, and starred in Steve McQueen’s drama Widows. She rounded out the year with a 2019 BAFTA EE Rising Star Award nomination for her exceptional work in film and on stage. Upcoming, Erivo will star alongside Daisy Ridley and David Oyelowo in the anticipated sci-fi thriller, Chaos Walking, and Needle in a Timestack alongside Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. On the television side, Erivo is currently in production of The Outsider, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Continuing to push the boundaries of her versatile career, she also stars in John Cameron Mitchell’s music-driven podcast anthology, Anthem: Homunculus. She also leads the voice cast and co-produced the QCode scripted thriller podcast, Carrier.

Erivo’s additional theatre credits include the Perfect Pitch musical, Lift, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Sister Act, I Can’t Sing, Marine Parade, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, and The Three Musketeers and The Princess of Spain. In addition to her stage and movie career, Erivo is an accomplished songwriter, having written the song, “Fly Before You Fall,” for the 2014 feature film Beyond the Lights.

  • Check-in begins 7:00PM.
  • If you RSVP but are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation by 10:00AM Thursday, November 7.
  • Free for current SCL members (click here to check your membership status)  plus one guest who will stay for both the screening and Q&A.
  • Guests of SCL members may NOT attend without the member invitee, or if the member RSVPs, but cannot attend and cancels.
  • Please allow extra time for traffic and check-in.
  • This invitation is non-transferable.