, Gloucester, MA

January 3, 2013

‘Glee’ star to talk about film live via satellite

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — Audiences on Cape Ann can be part of a national screening event. Cape Ann Community Cinema will show “Struck by Lightning,” written by and starring “Glee” star Chris Colfer on Sunday, Jan. 6.

The 22-year-old actor and Golden Globe-winner wrote the screenplay, his first, based on the book he wrote in which “he talks about death, blackmail, and very odd part-time jobs.” Audiences gave the film a standing ovation at its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

The film was directed by Brian Dannelly and also stars Allison Janney, Polly Bergen, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland and Angela Kinsey.

Colfer, who received Emmy nominations two years in a row for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on “Glee,” will participate remotely from the Los Angeles red-carpet premiere for a live and interactive webcast. At the conclusion of the film, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via social media.

Robert Newton, the creative director for the community cinema and the Cape Ann Film Festival, said film-goers here will be united with other groups across the country for this screening.

“We’re always looking for ways to distinguish ourselves from the cookie-cutter caverns ‘up-the-line,’ and bringing movie talent — either in person or by satellite — is one of those ways,” he said.

The “Struck by Lightning” synopsis is as follows: High school senior Carson Phillips (played by Colfer) was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot. Demonstrating that life is what happens while you’re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via flashbacks. Those flashbacks include a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school, a home life that includes a mother who is more interested in the bottle than her son’s future and an estranged father who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée.

This event is presented by Tribeca Film, in a partnership with Emerging Pictures, which is the largest all-digital specialty film and alternative content network of theaters in the United States.

Tickets for Sunday’s event are $9.75 adults, $8.25 students and seniors, and $6.75 for members. Tickets are available at the door or online at

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If you go What: Screening of "Struck by Lightning," with live and interactive webcast from Los Angeles premiere. Who: "Glee" star Chris Colfer, for whom this is a first screenplay. When: 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6. Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester. How much: $9.75 adults, $8.25 students and seniors, and $6.75 for members.