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The Shack Draws A-List Film and Music Crowd

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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On Tuesday, February 28, Lionsgate and The Cinema Society hosted the world premiere of The Shack.

The film was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, with Octavia Spencer, fresh off her Oscar-nominated role in Hidden Figure, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in the house. An after-party at Gabriel Kreuther followed.

McGraw and Hill held court at a corner table, with McGraw, who plays a supporting role as lead actor Sam Worthington’s best friend, entertaining guests all night. Regarding his upcoming Soul2Soul tour with Hill, he joked that “they should have it down,” by the time it reaches its final days.

The film is based on the faith-centric novel of the same name by William P Young, who also attended. Initially self-published, the book eventually hit No. 1 on the New York Time’s paperback fiction bestseller list, largely because of word-of-mouth. Hachette went on to publish it commercially. The film and book have sparked controversy for its non-religious portrayal of the Holy Trinity. Spencer, who plays God, has said that she was drawn to the unconventional description of her character. In her role, God takes on a motherly personification.

Other attendees from the film included Radha Mitchell, Avraham Aviv Alush, Megan Charpentier, Amelie Eve, Lane Edwards, Carson Reaume, Sumire Matsubara; director Stuart Hazeldine, screenwriters Andrew Lanham and John Fusco, producer Gil Netter, producer & book collaborator Brad Cummings, book collaborator Wayne Jacobsen and composer Aaron Zigman. Stephen Baldwin, Fern Mallis, Alex Lundqvist, Debbie Bancroft and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir also joined in the celebrations.


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