By Page Forrest
In 2011, Sewanee’s own Professor Kevin Wilson published The Family Fang, a novel about a semi-dysfunctional family torn apart by the parents’ career as performance artists. Shortly after its publication and rise to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, actress Nicole Kidman approached Wilson to discuss adapting the book into a film. Jason Bateman directed the film and both Bateman and Kidman star as the now-grown Fang siblings who lie at the heart of the plot. The movie had its worldwide premiere on September 14, 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Early reviews from the festival praised the movie, with Justin Chang of Vanity Fair noting, “With its rich vein of melancholy and intricate but entirely accessible narrative layers, “Fang” will require shrewd distributor positioning to sink its teeth into the arthouse market; solid critical response and cast names should help.” Starz Digital Media will release the film for distribution on April 29. The Family Fang will premiere at Sewanee on Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sewanee Union Theatre. Wilson will answer questions after the screening, and there will be a second screening on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased here: http://thefamilyfangsewanee.eventbrite.com.