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CinemaLit Special Event - The Shining: From Source to Screen and Stage
CinemaLit Special Event

May 26 – The Shining (1980), 146 minutes, directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

6pm discussion, 7pm film screening

In 1977, Stephen King published The Shining, one of the greatest "haunted house" novels ever written. His story of a troubled family immured for the winter in the empty, ghost-ridden Overlook Hotel blurred the lines between fantasy and reality and captured the imagination of a generation of readers. Stanley Kubrick's 1980 filmed adaptation was every bit as iconic, with unforgettable performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall, and images that have become part of the lexicon of American Horror. Both the writer and the filmmaker were less than satisfied with the other's work. Kubrick felt King's writing was "weak," while Stephen King was famously unhappy with Kubrick's version, objecting in particular to its altered, more downbeat ending.

Join Mechanics' Institute for a CinemaLit Special Event - The Shining: From Source to Screen and Stage. Guest experts include Opera Parallèle's Artistic and Community Manager Daniel Harvey and ABC's Simone Chavoor discussing how the story translated to opera and cinema, followed by a screening of Kubrick's classic film.

This June, Opera Parallèle will stage Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell's opera based on The Shining, which combines elements of both the film and the novel. A fitting tribute to the enduring significance and influence of Stephen King's original novel.



Daniel Harvey is an experienced creative professional with 13+ years experience in artistic, administrative, and production roles across the creative sector. Currently as Artistic & Community Manager for Opera Parallèle in San Francisco, he works as a key member of the artistic team producing all of the company’s main stage productions, as well as overseeing all community programming and partnerships. Daniel is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia and moved to San Francisco in 2017. In the Bay Area, Daniel has also previously worked as a program director for Intersection for the Arts and served on the board for contemporary dance company LEVYdance. His costume designs can also be seen occasionally on stages around San Francisco.


Simone Chavoor is a Bay Area native who, like any good film school graduate, did her time in Los Angeles working in the film and television industry before moving back to her beloved home. An action and horror film obsessive, Simone hosted "Die Hard With a Podcast" and currently co-hosts the more diabolical "Black Mass Appeal" podcast. She is the unit coordinator for ABC7-KGO's 7 On Your Side team, and has an Emmy for research in the Consumer / Business category. When not working, she enjoys playing bass, relaxing with her partner and their three cats, and competing on her bar trivia team. She was on Jeopardy! in 2015. It went okay.



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