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New Yorkers will get a chance to see Love at First Sight during The Picture House’s kickoff of Picnic in the Park!

PELHAM EXAMINER – The Picture House Regional Film Center (www.thepicturehouse.org) announced today that the annual fall fundraising event, Picnic in the Park, on September 9, 2023, will feature Netflix’s Love at First Sight. The special advance screening of the heart-warming movie stars Haley Lu Richardson of White Lotus acclaim. This beloved community tradition brings film, food trucks and dancing under the stars together for a night to remember. The end-of-summer soiree will kick off at 6:00pm in the beautifully renovated 1921 Pelham theater. After the screening, guests will head to Wolfs Lane Park directly across the street from the theater, where they will enjoy drinks, dinner from a selection of food trucks, including Leila’s, Walter’s Hot Dogs, Wing King, and Bona Ice Cream, and music provided by DJ Stephen Byfield.

“For more than ten years, Picnic in the Park has been a popular kick-off to the fall film season and has attracted overwhelming support and enthusiasm from Pelham and the surrounding communities,” said Clayton Bushong, Executive Director of The Picture House. “We are particularly excited to preview Netflix’s Love at First which promises to be touching and entertaining. It is a great fit for the spirit of the event. We’re particularly grateful to our Marquee Sponsor, Mark Link and The Link State Farm Insurance Agency, as well as vital support from other community partners. We look forward to another memorable night!”

Marquee Sponsor Mark Link added that “The Link State Farm Insurance Agency is proud to sponsor Picnic in the Park and support The Picture House. We believe in The Picture House mission of shared community experience for diverse audiences through film, education programming and unique cultural offerings and are honored to be a part of the evening.” Other sponsors include our Red Carpet Sponsors: Compass of Pelham, The Mellstrom/Bischof/Richie Team at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty and The Flower Bar of Larchmont. Additional support comes from The Gallo Family, The Pencil Project, Manor Auto and Trustco Bank.

This year’s film Netflix’s Love at First Sight is a heart-warming drama starring Haley Lu Richardson (who played Portia in White Lotus Season 2) and Ben Hardy (known for X-Men Apocalypse and Netflix’s 6 Underground). The film is based on the novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. A chance meeting at an airport fates the two young adults for a star-crossed romantic tale. Netflix’s preview foreshadows: “Two strangers connect on a flight to London, only to be separated by a twist of fate. A reunion seems improbably but love has a way of defying odds.”

Picnic in the Park 2023 is co-chaired by Courtney Burke Maron and Jason Feldman. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, contact Andrea Pace at andreap@thepicturehouse.org.

Tickets for Picnic in the Park have been selling fast and space is limited. Tickets are $145 for members and $155 for non-members. Various sponsorship levels are available, and there is still time for businesses to support Picnic in the Park 2023.

For more information about The Picture House, please visit www.thepicturehouse.org, call (914) 738-7337, or email info@thepicturehouse.org.

Netflix released a clip from the airplane scene from Love at First Sight yesterday.

The film will be released in select theaters on September 8th before its initial release on Netflix on September 15th.

July 24, 2023 Ben Hardy Projects Unicorns

Wonderful news coming in today, as Toronto released its special presentations lineup for the 2023 Festival, including Unicorns as one of its film premieres.

The full schedule will be released on August 15th and the festival takes place September 7-17th.

TUDUMAuthor Jennifer E. Smith spills on the process of translating her hit novel to the screen.
Readers all over the world fell in love at first sight with Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight when it was published in 2011. Smith is the first to admit she’s not exactly the best statistician: “I have never been a math person; shockingly, I’m a words person,” she tells Tudum with a laugh. But maybe she can help us with one stats question: What’s the probability of an author loving a film adaptation of one of her own books?

For Smith, at least, the answer is 100%. (She also wrote the novel that last year’s Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between was based on.) “I can’t speak for everybody, but in my case, it’s been very, very high,” Smith says. “I could not love this movie more.”

Like the book, Love at First Sight tells the story of Hadley and Oliver, a pair of travelers (played by Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy) who find themselves sitting next to each other on a cross-Atlantic plane trip. Things get complicated from there. You can catch a sneak peek with the first trailer for Love at First Sight above.

Smith has kept the story of Hadley and Oliver’s impromptu romance at 30,000 feet close to her heart for more than a decade, but she wasn’t too clingy about the film version. “Jennifer was so trusting and generous and not precious in the slightest,” director Vanessa Caswill says. “She wrote me the sweetest email after she finally watched the film. It was so lovely, I printed it out and keep it on my desk!”

The film’s decade-long journey to Netflix meant that any possible casting choices the author had in her head while writing it have long since aged out of the parts. “I am so thrilled with Haley and Ben,” Smith says. “They are such a great Hadley and Oliver. They’re so charming and winning, and they have great chemistry. They just did right by the characters.”

For his part, Hardy says that he found Oliver’s logical mind an irresistible acting challenge. “Oliver is the definition of a statistician — a man reducing his life to data to try and gain control of the uncontrollable,” the actor tells us. “To take that ethos into the unpredictability of love and romance? So much fun to explore. I couldn’t resist.”

It didn’t hurt that Hardy had had his own share of fateful airplane meetings: “Most improbable thing on a plane… bumping into Zendaya coming out of the bathroom, which, as the biggest Greatest Showman fan on the planet, almost killed me.”

The new trailer also gives fans a glimpse at the film’s narrator — a mysterious, omniscient character played by Jameela Jamil. That character doesn’t appear in the book, but Smith feels that she’s a perfect fit for her book’s tone. “It adds this kind of quirkiness and whimsy to the story and also makes it feel bigger,” the author says. “This is a story about fate and chance and timing and serendipity. [It’s] a genius decision by Katie Lovejoy, who wrote the screenplay.”

Jamil also, of course, plays a role that’s near and dear to Smith’s heart. “When I met her, I said to her that I was the narrator of the book, and she gets to be the narrator of the movie,” Smith recalls. “And I feel like the movie got a big upgrade.”

Love at First Sight lands on Netflix on Sept. 15.

The official trailer, as well as the poster dropped for Love at First Sight today!