The Hancocks weren’t the only ones eager for the evening’s events. Emma Singer and Sofia Hartney, fourth-year students at UVA, have taken advantage of the free student tickets since 2021.
“I just love coming to the Paramount for this,” Singer said. “It’s special.”
The two were looking forward to Saturday’s screening of “Eileen,” a film adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel of the same name, starring Anne Hathaway. They were just as excited to listen in on a discussion with “Daisy Jones and the Six” actor Riley Keogh, who will speak Saturday as the writer and director of “War Pony.”
There are still other highlights for film fanatics to catch. On Friday evening, the National Geographic documentary “Space Race” will be showing, followed by a discussion with UVA alumnus Leland Melvin, the only person to be drafted by the NFL and be an astronaut.
A documentary on the acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project,” also will play on Saturday. Giovanni will discuss her life and work after the movie.