Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Dark Waters’

Submitted Photo. “Dark Waters” will be shown at the Fredonia Opera House Saturday.

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Dark Waters,” the shocking and heroic true story of an attorney who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations. It will be screened on Sat., Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The previously planned screening on Tues., Jan. 28, has been canceled to accommodate the Small Business Revolution Winner Reveal Rally.

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight – one that not only tests his relationship with his wife, but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls the film “a David and Goliath story with a central figure who knows what’s right and keeps chipping away, bit by bit, until he gets to the truth.” Rex Reed, in the Observer, calls it “a perfect movie, and not the least of its power is due to Ruffalo’s flawless performance.” Manohla Dargis, in the New York Times, calls it “exceedingly well executed and technically impeccable.” Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images, and strong language, “Dark Waters” runs two hour, six minutes.

Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Additional support comes from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness grant program.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.