Kevin Costner Visits St. Louis Theater for 'Black or White' Screening

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Academy Award winner Kevin Costner spent Monday evening in St. Louis for a screening of his newest film, “Black or White,” at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine in South County.

The star-studded film follows a grandfather (Costner) after he is suddenly left to care for his granddaughter. The girl is put into a tough situation after her paternal grandmother—played by Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer—brings a custody battle into the picture with the help of her lawyer brother (Anthony Mackie).  Inspired by true events, the film hones in on some deep feelings on racial issues, family, forgiveness and addiction.

After the screening—which was attended by local Hall of Famers such as Ozzie Smith and Aeneas Williams—Costner stuck around for a Q-and-A session with the audience talking about everything from experiences in past films important to him, such as “Dances With Wolves,” to funding this film in order to tell the story he became passionate about and the impact it could make on viewers.

“I totally do believe in this movie, in its value,” Costner said. “I value movies by the ones that will travel through time, and I think ‘Black or White’ will take its place alongside some of the other movies I’ve mentioned in my career.”

“Black or White” will premiere in theaters nationwide on Jan. 30.

All images by Katlyn Moncada

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