Opening-Night Reception with Bad Grandmas
SLIFF’s opening night features the world premiere of “Bad Grandmas,” a St. Louis-shot comedy by co-writer/director Srikant Chellappa and co-writer Jack Snyder, the team behind such polished productions as “Ghost Image” and “Fatal Call,” which were based locally but played nationally and internationally. Starring the legendary Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”) and the late Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”) in her final role, “Bad Grandmas” recounts the felonious misadventures of senior citizens Mimi (Henderson), Coralee (Grier), Bobbi (Susie Wall), and Virginia (Sally Eaton). With both a police detective (Randall Batinkoff) and a criminal (Judge Reinhold of “Beverly Hills Cop”) in pursuit of the quartet, the situation appears grim, but these bad grandmas are no ordinary women. The film screens at 8 PM, but the festivities kick off with a 6:30 PM reception featuring complimentary Urban Chestnut beers, Broadside Winery wines, and Mastermind Vodka cocktails. Three of the lead actresses — including Pam Grier — will attend the screening. SLIFF also hosts Ms. Grier on Friday with a tribute that includes a career-spanning interview.