Egyptian Hosting 'Tron' + 'The Black Hole' Event in Honor of Jay West
"The word 'impossible', Mr. Booth, is only found in the dictionary of fools." A few weeks back my friend Jay West, a fellow movie geek and a contributor to this site (and many others), suddenly passed away. I miss him already… He was the first person I wanted to speak to the moment the news broke that Tron 3 might be shooting this year. Jay was one of the biggest fans of the Alien universe, with life-size sculptures in his home and collectibles of all kinds, but two of his other favorite movies were Tron (the original!) and The Black Hole, Disney's fantastic 1979 space thriller. So, in honor of Jay, the world famous Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles is hosting a special screening of both Tron and The Black Hole back-to-back with special guests. I couldn't imagine a better way to honor a movie lover like Jay than with this kind of event.
Full event info and tickets are available via American Cinematheque website. Jay's special Tron + The Black Hole event will take place on Sunday, April 26th at 7:30pm, with tickets only $11 for both films showing back-to-back including "rare behind-the-scenes material between films" and special guest discussions. The page also includes this message and tribute to our friend, and recognizes that this event is in honor of him:
In memory of American Cinematheque member Jay West, a writer and contributor to the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex, Beyond the Marquee and Tron-Sector, and the world’s greatest TRON fan.
Special Presentation of rare behind-the-scenes material between films, including discussion with visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw and concept designer Richard Taylor. More guests to be announced!
This is a must-attend event if you knew Jay, or if you're also a fan of both Tron and The Black Hole. Jay was a genuine movie-lover and sci-fi geek through-and-through, who spent much of his time collaborating with and encouraging a love for cinema. He was always at every major event, whether it was a small viral gig for Tron Legacy, or whether it was Comic-Con or WonderCon. In addition to writing for movie sites like this one, Jay was a integral part of many Tron fan groups, including the well-known Tron-Sector website. He was an outspoken fan who always reminded people how much joy these movies brought us, as geeky as they may be. I wish he was able to attend this event, I know he'd love every second. This one really is for you, Jay.
Head over to American Cinematheque for more info and to get your tickets for this screening. As I'm unable to fly out just for this I'll have to attend in spirit, remembering a movie lover in the very best way possible.