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BOISE STATE NEWS / April 29, 2009

Boise State Presents Screening of 'My Life in Ruins'; Director Petrie in Boise on May 21 at Egyptian

Hollywood director Donald Petrie will be in Boise on May 21 for an advanced screening of his movie, “My Life in Ruins,” at the Egyptian Theatre. Petrie will talk about his new romantic comedy and share his moviemaking knowledge to benefit The Story Initiative, a new project of Boise State University.

"My Life in Ruins"
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“My Life in Ruins” features Nia Vardalos, the star of the hit movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss. In the film, Vardalos plays a novice tour guide in Greece, shepherding a group of American tourists, including a capricious Dreyfuss. Fox Searchlight Pictures is making the film available to Boise State. Producers include Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks. “My Life in Ruins” already has opened in Europe; it will open in North America on June 5; and it is the closing night film for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next week.

Tickets for the Boise event are available at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main Street, (208) 387-1273. Showtime is 7 p.m. Petrie will participate in a question and answer session after the movie. A pre-screening reception for Petrie will begin at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10. Reserved seating and reception tickets are $20.

Petrie’s films include the hits, “Mystic Pizza,” “Grumpy Old Men,” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” He has directed Julia Roberts, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Gene Hackman, Lindsay Lohan and Matt Damon.

“Boise is vibrant,” said Petrie of his support for the city, Boise State and The Story Initiative. “It has the arts and nature, and people who care about both. The Story Initiative will increase people’s awareness of how stories work, and what we try to do in our movies.”

Boise State writing professor Clay Morgan directs The Story Initiative. Morgan is best known for his novels “Santiago and the Drinking Party” and “The Boy Who Spoke Dog.” He is the husband of astronaut and Boise State Distinguished Educator in Residence Barbara Morgan. Future programs for The Story Initiative include an advance screening of director Michael Hoffman’s next movie, “The Last Station,” scheduled for this fall.

The movie screening is co-sponsored by The Cabin, Idaho Writers Guild, Idaho Media Professionals, Idaho Screenwriters and SilverDraft Studios.


Media Contact: Frank Zang, University Communications, at (208) 426-5391 or or Clay Morgan, The Story Initiative, at (208) 426-4874 or 

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Last reviewed on Wednesday, April 29, 2009