Remembering Gene Wilder

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Remembering Gene Wilder

Remembering Gene Wilder is a heartfelt tribute to the beloved star of such movie classics as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

This multi-talented performer is dramatically brought to life through never-before-seen home movies and photographs, as well as the intimate insights of friends and colleagues, including Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Carol Kane, Harry Connick Jr., Rain Pryor, Gene’s wife Karen Wilder, and Peter Ostrum, who portrayed “Charlie” in one of Gene’s most memorable films, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

“I love this film! It’s a warm and wonderful tribute to my dear friend, Gene. Don’t miss it!”
Mel Brooks


Pre-Recorded Q&A with director Ron Frank, moderated by Bruni Burres
Thursday, Feb. 15 2024, 7:00
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  • Ron Frank directed and edited Remembering Gene Wilder, which premiered at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills and won the Best Picture Award at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. It is slated for a nationwide release later this year. In the documentary realm, Ron produced and edited MLK: The Assassination Tapes, earning a Peabody Award. His work on the National Geographic channel special, The Lost JFK Tapes, garnered a 2010 Emmy nomination and received praise for its unique perspective on the JFK assassination. Ron also served as the director and editor of the Starz talk show series, In the House, featuring interviews with Hollywood's A-list figures conducted by Peter Bart and Peter Guber. With a background in teaching documentary filmmaking at UCLA and holding a BFA from New York University's film program, Ron has interviewed notable figures such as Gregory Peck, John McCain, Larry King, Robert Klein, Louis Gossett Jr., Mort Sahl, Hugh Hefner, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller, Jackie Mason, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, and Deepak Chopra.

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