Rooftop Cinema in LA, Special Edition Release for Chicago-Made MERCURY IN RETROGRADE, starring Roxane Mesquida
July 8, 2019 by Screenmag
Emphasis Entertainment announces today the August 30 release of a Special Edition Blu-ray of Michael Glover Smith’s award-winning relationship dramedy MERCURY IN RETROGRADE. This release will follow the film’s Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere at Rooftop Cinema Club Neuehouse Hollywood on August 7 where stars Roxane Mesquida (NOW APOCALYPSE) and Shane Simmons will be on hand alongside writer/director Smith and producer Kevin Wright for a post-screening Q&A.
MERCURY IN RETROGRADE had its World Premiere at the Full Bloom Film Festival in North Carolina, where it won the Best Narrative Feature award. The film’s sold-out Chicago Premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center prompted a rave review by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper who called it “Absolutely beautiful...a smart, funny, quietly effective and authentic slice of older millennial life.” Other screenings have included the Tallahassee Film Festival (Directors’ Choice award for Best Feature) and Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn as well as an International Premiere at the Wales International Film Festival in Swansea.
“I teach film history for a living and that always informs how I make movies, “ Michael Glover Smith said in a statement. “I’m a big fan of Emphasis Entertainment and the many classic films they’ve put out on Blu-ray over the years, and so it makes perfect sense to me that they should distribute MERCURY IN RETROGRADE.”
The Los Angeles audience at the Rooftop Cinema Club screening will have the chance to purchase pre-release copies of the Blu-ray signed by members of the cast and crew at the event. Special features on the Blu-ray will include:
***Feature-length audio commentary track (105 minutes) with writer/director Michael Glover Smith, producer/actor Shane Simmons and producer Kevin Wright
***How to Make Ratatouille with Roxane Mesquida (14 min) - Actress Mesquida hosts an impromptu cooking show in which she shows how to make authentic French ratatouille
***Behind the Scenes Featurette (3 min) - Writer/director Michael Glover Smith and cast members Jack C. Newell, Shane Simmons and Najarra Townsend discuss the plot and themes of MERCURY IN RETROGRADE from the set of the film