Free Members-Only Screening: Stillwater


Free Members-Only Screening: Stillwater

Film Independent Members, you and a guest are invited to join us for a theatrical screening* of Stillwater, followed by a virtual conversation with writer/director/producer Tom McCarthy and actors Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin and Matt Damon, moderated by Jenn Wilson (Senior Programmer, Film Independent).

* Those attending this in-person event must wear a mask or face covering. For those who cannot attend, a recording of the virtual conversation will be available in the days following the event.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) comes a drama about family, forgiveness and unconditional love. Bill Baker (Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon) is an unemployed oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who has lived a hard life marred by drug and alcohol abuse. Intent on making up for his past mistakes, Bill makes periodic trips to Marseille, France, to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Academy Award®-nominee Abigail Breslin), who is serving a nine-year prison sentence for the murder of her girlfriend, Lena – a crime she insists she did not commit.

Allison seizes on a new tip that could exonerate her and presses Bill to engage their lawyer. But when their lawyer rebuffs them, Bill takes matters into his own hands and makes it his personal mission to find the real culprit – a man Allison has identified as Akim. Confronted with language barriers and cultural differences, Bill is outmatched until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with French theater actress Virginie (Camille Cottin) and her young daughter Maya (Lilou Siauvaud).

As he combs the streets of Marseille searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack, Bill finds himself on an unexpected path, growing ever closer to Virginie and Maya. It’s a journey of self-discovery and liberation from a life that long seemed preordained. Yet when his need to prove his daughter’s innocence collides with his commitment to Virginie and Maya, Bill is left with only difficult choices that not only threaten to destroy his new life, but also his last shot at redemption.

Participant and DreamWorks Pictures present a Slow Pony/Anonymous Content production, Stillwater. From Focus Features, Stillwater will be available in theaters July 30.

2021, 138 minutes, color | Directed by Tom McCarthy | Written by Tom McCarthy & Marcus Hinchey and Thomas Bidegain & Noé Debré | Starring Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin, Lilou Siauvaud, Idir Azougli | Produced by Tom McCarthy, Steve Golin, Jonathan King and Liza Chasin | Executive Produced by Jeff Skoll, David Linde, Robert Kessel and Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda with Co-Producer Melissa Wells

Registration Information

Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to, and receive priority entry at this event. Arts Circle Members are guaranteed access, and receive both priority entry and reserved seating. Email for more.

All Film Independent Members can register for this event starting at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 20. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.


On the day of the event, registered Members may pick up tickets as early as one hour prior to the scheduled start time – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are nontransferable and for general, unreserved theater seating only. Attendees must be in their seat(s) at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Entry/seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may not enter the venue without the Member who registered them present. Registration does not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand.

Masks are required. All guests and staff must wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within The Harmony Gold Theater. The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth and chin at all times.

Harmony Gold Preview House parking is complimentary. Underground parking is accessible via Sunset Boulevard. An overflow parking lot is located behind the building and can be accessed from Stanley Avenue.

Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. Limit one registration per Membership, per event.

Members are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.