Saturday, March 28, 2009


Opened Friday, March 27th in New York at the Landmark Sunshine Theater and in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. In Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5; in DC at Landmark E Street Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Mykelti Williamson, Beau Bridges, Miranda Richardson, James Rebhorn and Victor Rusuk Directed by Mark BrokawAdapted from the stage play by Rebecca Gilman
Set at a small, liberal arts college in Vermont, SPINNING INTO BUTTER is a powerful film about a series of racist incidents on campus that lead to surprising and insightful discoveries for the community as a whole.

Produced by Lou Pitt and Norman Twain, SPINNING INTO BUTTER was adapted by Rebecca Gilman from her stage play, screenplay co-written by Doug Atchison (writer/director of “Akeelah and the Bee”) and directed by theater director Mark Brokaw (“How I Learned to Drive,” “This Is Our Youth,” the upcoming “After Miss Julie” with Sienna Miller) making his feature film directorial debut. When a hate crime on the campus of Belmont College puts the school’s Dean of Students Sarah Daniels (Parker) in a position where she has to act as the college’s spokesperson on tolerance, it forces Daniels to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration’s politically correct policies.

The title “Spinning into Butter” comes from Little Black Sambo, the classic children’s story. In the tale, tigers steal Sambo’s clothes and then chase each other’s tail, trying to get the garments so each tiger can be the fairest. They spin so quickly that they liquefy into butter and Sambo scoops up the butter and eats it on his pancakes. Rebecca Gilman chose the title to speak on “the faculty passing blame from one person to another until the root of the problem is just a blur.”

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