See 'Rosewater' with Jon Stewart Q&A in Theaters for One Night Only
by Ethan Anderton
October 29, 2014
Most people know Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, but last year the comedian took a break from his late night duties to direct a feature film called Rosewater. The film is a passion project for Stewart after he learned Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Iran while covering the country's elections due to a misunderstood joke during an interview on "The Daily Show" that said he was a spy. Our own Alex Billington caught the film at Telluride and seemed to respect it for the message, but said it has some issues coming from a first-time filmmaker. Now you can judge for yourself and also see the film with a live Q&A afterwards. More below!
First, check out the trailer for Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater right here:
Fathom Events and Open Road Films have just announced that audiences across the United States will have a chance to see the film one night before it opens up nationwide. On November 13th at 7:30pm Eastern, audiences can see Rosewater followed by a live Q&A with Jon Stewart. And what's even better is that it will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. The Q&A will be live in Eastern time zones and tape delayed to local time for all the other time zones following. To find out which theaters are playing this one night only event, check out the Fathom Events website right here to get tickets for this special event.
In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living there with access to US media, he also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with comedian Jason Jones. The interview was intended as satire, but if the Tehran authorities got the joke they didn't like it — and that bit of comedy would come back to haunt Bahari when he was rousted from his family home and thrown into prison. Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart, premiered at Telluride & TIFF. Open Road Films will release the film on November 7th this fall.