The Greatest Beer Run Ever is based on a true story of an Inwood resident and former Marine and Merchant Seaman named Chickie Donohue who goes to Vietnam in 1967-1968 to show support for his neighborhood buddies who are serving in the war by bringing them Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. After the film screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A featuring members of the film crew: director Peter Farrelly (a Columbia MFA graduate), producer Andrew Muscato, costume designer Bao Tranchi, and coauthor Chickie Donohue, and moderated by Jason Dempsey, Executive Director of the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration at Columbia. Columbia's Director of WEAI and the Dorothy Borg Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, Lien-Hang Nguyen, served as historical advisor on the film. Her role is highlighted in this article on the Columbia news site, and the film is discussed in this PBS news feature.
Cosponsored by WEAI, Teachers College, Military Veterans, and the CVTI at Columbia University; and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Please come early to register starting at 2:00PM. The film starts at 3:00PM!
Open to the public; non-Columbia University guests must present proof of vaccination status (a negative test result is not accepted).