Director Spike Jonze, actress Catherine Keener, screenwriter Dave Eggers were in San Francisco recently for a special screening of “Where The Wild Things Are.”
Spike Jonze signs actor Max Record’s cardboard ‘mask’
The showing was presented by 826 Valencia, with a VIP after party hosted by 826 Valencia at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, which is currently exhibiting “There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak,” a major retrospective of over 100 works by Maurice Sendak. The famed author and illustrator (over 100 picture books) changed the course of children’s literature forever with his 1963 classic Where the Wild Things Are.
A reading at “There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak”
The movie is an adventure for every generation, a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in. Opening nationwide October 16, 2009, the film is directed by Spike Jonze and stars Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Forest Whitaker.
Partygoer donning a “Max crown”
All the proceeds from the event benefited 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers get their students excited about the writing.
For more information, visit: http://www.826valencia.org
Photo: Trish Tunney © 2009, Courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum