Virtual Member Screening followed by Q&A with Cast and Crew
Film available to watch December 4, 3PM - December 6, 3PM

When the last factory in a small Rust Belt town closes its doors, an unlikely hero emerges in dutiful, quiet Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety). A career employee of the factory, the aging Allery can’t reconcile how to live a life simply sitting at home doing nothing, and against the advice and pleas of his loving wife, Iola (Talia Shire), he forms an unlikely friendship with his charismatic neighbor, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown), in order to revive the defunct factory. As their community rallies around them – and as their former corporate bosses strategize how to implode this unexpected movement – Allery learns that he might be something he never thought possible: a leader.

How to Watch

  • RSVP by clicking the button above and/or in the invite email
  • The film watch link will be emailed to all members who have RSVP'd at or shortly before 3PM on Friday, December 4.  This email will be sent from to the email associated with your Film Society account.
  • Follow email prompts.  Be sure to log into the Eventive platform with the email associated with your Film Society member account.
  • The film will be available for to watch Friday, December 4, 3pm until Sunday, December 6, 3pm.
  • The Q&A with cast and crew will play immediately following the credits.

Further details on how to watch on Eventive may be found here.

Event Details

Date: Dec 04 3:00 p.m. to Dec 06 - 3:00 p.m.

Q&A Participants

  • Peter Gerety’s film credits include Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, Robert Zemeckis' Flight, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, George Clooney’s Leatherheads, Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, Spike Lee’s Inside Man, the independent features Things That Hang From TreesSyrianaWar Of The Worlds, K-PaxPeople I KnowMagic HourMontanaThe Legend of Bagger VanceMrs. WinterbourneSurviving Picasso, Ed Burn’s Ash WednesdayA Most Violent YearCymbeline, Get the GringoPaul Blart: Mall CopGod's PocketThe Sea Is All I KnowHollywood Ending and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Gerety will next be seen in Dianne Dreyer’s A Change in the Air opposite Rachel Brosnahan. Peter worked predominantly on stage for over 30 years, performing in over 100 productions with the legendary Trinity Repertory of Providence, R.I. alone (Adrian Hall, dir.). He has also performed with the Seattle Rep., the Dallas Theater Center, ART in Cambridge, the Huntington in Boston, and in Edinburgh, Scotland; Madrid, Spain; Bombay and Calcutta and Damascus, Syria. Peter has been in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays including playing Roderigo to James Earl Jones’ Othello and finally is an accomplished director, primarily with the Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Rep.

  • Talia Shire is best known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and as Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series. For these legendary performances, Shire received two Oscar nominations: Best Actress for Rocky and Best Supporting Actress for The Godfather: Part II. Additionally, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Rocky, and she won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her dozens of screen credits, Shire has also starred in such acclaimed films as David O. Russell’s I Heart Huckabees, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto (based on James Franco’s book), and her son Robert Schwartzman’s directorial debut, Dreamland, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. On television, Shire has recently appeared in recurring roles on the Emmy-nominated hit Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie and the boxing drama Kingdom.

  • Named by the Los Angeles Times as One to Watch, actor Billy Brown has lent his strong presence and extraordinary talent for the last 6 seasons as the character of Detective Nate Lahey in the acclaimed Shonda Rhimes-produced crime drama “How to Get Away with Murder.”  In its first season on ABC, “How to Get Away with Murder” won numerous honors, including an AFI Award for TV Program of the Year and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. Integral to its appeal is Brown, who plays detective Nate Lahey, the adulterous lover, opposite Viola Davis’s law professor character. As we head into the fourth season, Brown’s character is in a much different mindset by putting his career first over anyone and anything – including Annalise. “How to Get Away with Murder” is set to premiere its final half of its farewell season, April 2nd on ABC.
  • Originally from Charlotte, NC, filmmaker Lovell Holder graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a degree in English Literature and a certificate in Theater. Holder then went on to receive his MFA at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Holder worked as a development assistant for film and TV producer Clark Peterson and TV showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. Lovell's work has been screened and garnered prizes at dozens of American and international film festivals, including Fantasia International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He has also directed for theater in Los Angeles at Echo Theater Company, LATC, Skylight Theater, Chalk Rep, and Son of Semele, and he has appeared onstage regionally at the McCarter Theater and Trinity Repertory Company.
  • Producer of the Academy Award-winning MONSTER starring Charlize Theron, Clark Peterson has produced and executive produced a wide array of award-winning films, documentaries, and television productions. He developed WORKING MAN with writer-director Robert Jury over a number of years. Other recent productions include IDEAL HOME starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan, RAMPART, starring Woody Harrelson, and animated Kahlil Gibran’s THE PROPHET, directed by Roger Allers (THE LION KING), and starring Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek. He also produced DEVIL’S KNOT, directed by Atom Egoyan. A graduate of Stanford University, Peterson began his career working in development and production for legendary producer Roger Corman. 

About the Director

Robert Jury has written feature film screenplays for Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and HBO Films. He was awarded an ABC/Disney Studios Writers Fellowship and was also selected for the Film Independent (FIND) Feature Screenwriters Lab as well as the FIND Feature Directors Lab in Los Angeles where he developed his script WORKING MAN. Earlier in his career, Jury worked in feature film development for production companies with deals at Touchstone Pictures and Warner Brothers. Raised on a farm in Iowa, he graduated from the University of Florida and worked television production jobs for ESPN, ABC Sports and Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. The independent feature film WORKING MAN is Jury’s first produced screenplay and marks his directorial debut.