‘The Lennon Report’ to Open Beverly Hills Film Festival

The Beverly Hills Film Festival has set the world premiere of “The Lennon Report” as its opening film on April 6 at the TCL Chinese Theatres, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, produced by Gabriel and Rafael Francisco, is directed by Jeremy Profe from a script he co-wrote with Walter Vincent. It re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon as police officers, nurses and emergency doctors raced to save Lennon’s life at New York’s Roosevelt Hospital.

The film stars Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as Alan B. Weiss, the ABC news producer who broke the news about Lennon. Halleran and Weiss are expected to attend the premiere along with nurses Barbara Kammerer and Deartra Sato.

Lennon’s death, which caused a worldwide outpouring of grief, was the subject of 2007’s “The Killing of John Lennon” and 2008’s “Chapter 27,” starring Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman.

The festival will include the West Coast Premiere of romancer “Baby, Baby, Baby,” directed by Brian Klugman, and starring Jessica Alba, Michaela Conlin, Bradley Cooper, Kelsey Grammer, Greg Grunberg, Brian Klugman, Kelly Mccreary, Adrianne Palicki and James Roday.

Other titles include “Lost and Found,” starring Cary Elwes and Jason Patric; the drama “A Beautiful Now,” starring Abigail Spencer, Cheyenne Jackson, Collette Wolfe, Patrick Heusinger and Elena Satine; “A Punter’s Prayer,” directed by Savvas D. Michael and featuring Dexter Fletcher; the drama “Irrefutable Proof,” directed by Ziad Hamzeh and starring Sheena Collette; and “The Dog Lover,” directed by Alex Ranarivelo and featuring Lea Thompson, James Remar and Allison Paige.

Documentary features include “The C Word,” from executive producer Morgan Freeman; “The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Vote,” directed by Kyle McCachen; “Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown,”  featuring interviews with “Modern Family’s” Ed O’Neill (also producer), Congressman Tim Ryan, and boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini; and “Nathan East: For the Record,” featuring Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Nathan East, Vince Gill, Quincy Jones, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and Lionel Richie.

Independent filmmaker Nino Simone founded the festival in 2001.

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