Cinema St. Louis | Alice Upside Down

ls_alice.jpgCinema St. Louis hosts the local premiere of Alice Upside Down, from the same filmmaking team that produced the popular Shiloh trilogy.






This charming coming-of-age comedy tells the story of 11-year-old Alice McKinley (Alyson Stoner), who has just moved to a suburb of Washington, D.C., with her father (Luke Perry of Beverly Hills 90210) and 17-year-old brother (Lucas Grabeel of High School Musical). Alice was shot on location in St. Louis in 2006.

Still coping with the death of her mother six years ago, "new girl" Alice is full of anxiety, awkward moments, and overwhelming challenges. But Alice charges forward through chaos and embarrassment with the support of her father, her teachers (Ashley Drane and Penny Marshall), and her new friends.

Alice Upside Down is the first in a planned series of films based on the popular series of books by Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Both hilarious and poignant, the series follows Alice as she grows from tween to teen in an all-male household.

Attending the screenings and reception are Alice director Sandy Tung and actresses Alyson Stoner, featured on the Disney Channel’s Mike’s Super Short Show and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Ashley Drane, a regular on Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven (and wife of St. Louis Cardinal David Eckstein).

The cast of Alice Upside Down includes Lucas Grabeel, co-star of the wildly popular High School Musical films; Luke Perry, famous for his work on Beverly Hills 90210 and recently a regular on HBO’s John From Cincinnati; and Penny Marshall, acclaimed director of Big and A League of Their Own and star of Laverne and Shirley.

The screenings benefit the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis and the Missouri Film Commission.

The reception benefits Cinema St. Louis, which presents the St. Louis International Film Festival. The lineup for this year’s festival, held Nov. 8-18, will be officially unveiled at the event.

Alice Upside Down plays at noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for Cinema St. Louis members. Tickets are available in advance or day of screening at the Tivoli box office.

A post-screening reception with the filmmakers is held from 5-7 p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd. Cost is $35 (which includes a ticket to one of the screenings, beverages courtesy of Chaumette Winery and Anheuser-Busch, and appetizers from the Pasta House Co.). Tickets for the reception are available by phone only at 314-289-4153.

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