Gia Coppola, a granddaughter of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, made her directorial debut in the 2013 indie film Palo Alto. Based on an anthology of short stories by James Franco, the film also co-stars Franco as a soccer coach who shares an affection with a student named April (Emma Roberts). Coppola and Franco will be appearing for a Q&A moderated by Cheryl Eddy following a screening of the film at The Roxie in San Francisco on Sunday, December 21st at 4PM.
This special event is part of A Coppola Family Affair weekend, which features screenings of films directed and produced by Francis Ford, Gia, Eleanor, Sofia, and Roman; conversations with select members of the family and Apocalypse Now sound designer Richard Beggs; and an opening night party. All proceeds will benefit The Roxie, who is currently in need of donations for operating costs for the rest of their fiscal year. These star-studded events honoring generations of great filmmakers will be essential to keeping the longest-running independent cinema in America and the Mission District fixture alive. Tickets for the Palo Alto screening and Q&A are currently sold out online, but The Roxie says to stay tuned to the event page on their website as they will be releasing more tickets soon. Whether or not you already have your tickets, there are still other opportunities during that weekend and for the rest of the year to support excellent cinema.