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Release: April 10, 2000

UI to host Midwest preview for new film by Linda Yellen

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Midwest preview screening of the upcoming film "The Simian Line" will be held at the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. A question-and-answer session with the film's writer-director Linda Yellen and one of the film's producers, Judith Zarin will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

The filmmakers chose Hancher Auditorium for their Midwest screening following successful screenings at the University of California at Los Angeles and New York University because they wanted to see how the film would be received in "one of the cultural artistic centers of the Midwest."

"The University of Iowa seemed particularly appropriate because one of the characters in our story graduated from the University of Iowa," Yellen said. She would not reveal which actor plays the part of the UI graduate, saying those who are curious will have to come and watch "The Simian Line."

The film stars Harry Conick Jr., Cindy Crawford, Tyne Daly, William Hurt, Monica Keena, Samantha Mathis, Lynn Redgrave, Jamey Sheridan, and Eric Stoltz. "The Simian Line" was completed earlier this year and premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. After Iowa, the film will be shown at The Nashville Independent Film Festival, where it will be a closing night feature. The title is derived from a line in palmistry.

Variety says the film is "an absorbing portrait of four couples struggling to define their relationships…its glimmers of greatness are a testament to the talent involved." Hollywood Reporter calls it "…a likeable comedy about male-female relationships that even features a pair of ghosts…Yellen has assembled a stellar ensemble cast and taken an unusual approach." And Movieline praises "…a marvelous cast in a perceptive movie about the perils and rewards of romantic connections."