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Power play at ‘Ball’

Pic's Q&A continues by flashlight after power outage

HOLLYWOOD — “Monster’s Ball” is a drama centering on the electric chair, but last week filmmakers were wondering: Who pulled the switch?

To honor composer Thad Spencer, the Society of Composers & Lyricists held a screening of the Lions Gate film Wednesday, featuring a Q&A session with director Marc Forster, editor Matt Chesse and Spencer.

But 15 minutes before the end of the movie, the power went out on the entire 7000 block of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood — which just happens to be the area that houses Harmony Gold, the site of the screening.

More than 300 people sat patiently in the dark; Spencer joked that he and Chesse would perform scenes from the final 15 minutes. However, no one wanted to know the ending, so they proceeded with the hourlong Q&A, illuminated by flashlight.

Power was restored two hours later. But in the meantime, SCL president Ray Colcord and the filmmakers came up with a solution.

Since “Ball” was one of several recent screenings SCL has held for composers — including Christopher Young (“The Shipping News”) and Hans Zimmer (“Black Hawk Down”) — they decided to show the final 15 minutes of “Ball” after the screening of “Focus” and the Q&A with that pic’s composer, Mark Adler.

Though the Friday screening was scheduled to be his party, Adler graciously agreed to share the flashlight — er, spotlight.

And that’s the way the “Ball” bounces.

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