Taika joined the cast of “Breaking Away” Live Read

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 25: Skyler Gisondo, Taika Waititi and Michael Covino at the Film Independent Screening Series Presents Live Read Of “Breaking Away” at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

Live Read: Breaking Away

With Michael Covino and Kyle Marvin
2020 Spirit Award nominees, Best First Feature – The Climb

The second season of Film Independent Presents at The Wallis continues with a signature Live Read event featuring the 1979 classic Breaking Away. The film, based on screenwriter (and avid cyclist) Steve Tesich’s own experiences as a student at Indiana University, is directed by Peter Yates, and won both the Golden Globe for Best Picture and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Live Read of this definitive coming-of-age dramedy will be directed by Michael Angelo Covino and produced by Kyle Marvin, who were nominated for Best First Feature at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards for their film The Climb. This special evening presented at The Wallis will also include a live orchestra, stationary bicycles (a Live Read first!) and a fantastic cast including Skyler Gisondo, Paul Dooley, Dennis Christopher, Gayle Rankin, Andre Royo, K Callan and Taika Waititi.

In Breaking Away, Dave and his working-class friends Cyril, Moocher and Mike spend their post-high school days in Bloomington, Indiana, sparring with snooty students from the local university, chasing girls and – in Dave’s case – dreaming of competitive bicycle racing. The four friends face opposition from all corners as they decide to make Dave’s dreams come true in the university’s annual bicycle endurance race.

1979, 101 minutes, script from Twentieth Century Fox

source: Film Independent

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