Seeing The Light

by Eddie Roche

The South came to Ludlow Street for a night last week at the Cinema Society’s screening of I Saw The Light, the biopic of country singer Hank Williams Jr. and his tortured life as an artist. The film stars Thor’s Tom Hiddleston, who transforms himself into the singer with one critic already writing, “Not since Sissy Spacek portrayed Loretta Lynn has an actor inhabited a legend like Tom Hiddleston playing Hank Williams. He quite simply becomes Williams.”

The film was one of the first to premiere at Metrograph, which is Alexander Olch’s charming new theatre dubbed the “ultimate place for movie enthusiasts.” Metrograph will be showing a range of old and indie films, and the space includes a book store, candy shop, and soon-to-open restaurant. Put it on your LES to-do list.

A few of the names making up Thursday’s official Cinema Society at the screening: Alan Cumming, Matthew Broderick, John Corbett, Peter Facinelli, John Benjamin Hickey, Kathleen Turner, Frederic Fekkai, and Shirin von Wulffen, Carson Kressley, Jazmin Grimaldi, Amy Sacco, Sophie Sumner, Timo Weiland, Yigal Azrouel, and David Yurman. Bringing the night some official Southern cred was model and country singer Kerry Degman, who was in town for the week from Nashville and gave the film an enthusiastic thumbs up. (Look for our story on Degman later this week.) Post-screening, guests carried on to Jimmy at the James Hotel for Hestia cigs, and St-Germain cocktails, named—what else?—Nashville Nectar.

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