MUSKEGON — West Michigan actor and playwright Bill Iddings, the only local film critic in the 159-year history of the Muskegon Chronicle newspaper, on Sunday, Oct. 9 will lead a discussion of the 2013 independent movie “At Middleton.”
The 6 p.m. event will be held at the historic Harbor Cinema, 1937 Lakeshore Drive, in the business district of the city’s Lakeside neighborhood.
“At Middleton” is a presentation of the Heartland Independent Film Forum.
The film directed and cowritten (with Glenn German) by Adam Rogers stars Andy Garcia and Vera Fermiga as two parents, married to others, who meet while escorting their children (Spencer Lofranco and Taissa Farmiga) on a tour of a small college.
Garcia co-produced the movie, along with Rogers and German.
“At Middleton” also features actors Peter Riegert as a radio disc jockey and Tom Skerritt as a noted academic.
With music by Arturo Sandoval and cinematography by Emmanuel Kadosh, “At Middleton” did not fare well at the box office upon its release.
It received mixed reviews from critics, although Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called it a “ … delicate, restrained movie” with “droll humor,” and “a bittersweet portrait of two people who, in the process of helping their children choose a college, confront the emptiness of their respective marriages.”
Iddings will introduce the film, and lead a post-screening discussion.
He was The Chronicle’s film critic from 1976 until his retirement in 2009.
For 27 years he was the basis for the paper’s popular Beat Bill Academy Awards Contest.