An Eastern Washington journey unfolds in new film premiering soon

Eastern Washington

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Based on a 1999 novel by the same title, ‘East of the Mountains’ is a new independent film based in Eastern Washington that is set to premiere in September 2021. With close ties to the area, this film is being screened for local viewers at the Gesa Power House Theatre on October 2, 2021.

According to the theatre, the screening will be followed up with an in-person conversation between critically acclaimed director S.J. Chiro and the theatre’s Director of Film Programming, Warren Etheredge.

Gesa Power House Theatre offered the following synopsis of ‘East of the Mountains’:

Ben Givens (Tom Skerritt) is a retired heart surgeon and recent widower who learns he has terminal cancer. Determined to navigate his final days on his own terms, he shares the news with no one—not even his daughter (Mira Sorvino)—instead traveling back to his boyhood home in Eastern Washington with only his dog in tow. But the journey does not go as planned; the familiar landscape triggers memories and a connection with a kind stranger (Annie Gonzalez) inspires new insight.

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The film unfolds behind the gorgeous backdrop of the Columbia Basin.  Not only is ‘East of the Mountains’ meant to provide a compelling character study but also an insight into the beauty of the region.

This story is based on the tragic novel ‘East of the Mountains’ which was published by David Guterson over 20 years ago.

Tickets will go on sale starting on Thursday, September 2, and cost $15 for adults and $10 for students (click here to visit their website). You can also purchase tickets by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

Please be advised that COVID-19 precautions will be in effect at the screening. Visitors will be required to wear masks based on guidance from national, state, and county health leaders.


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