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A24 presents “The Spectacular Now” screening on downtown Athens billboard


Pack up your lawn chairs and beach towels — “The Spectacular Now,” an A24 film, is coming to an outside billboard near you next month.

The movie, filmed in Athens in 2012, is being projected onto a billboard across from Gigi’s Cupcakes on Pulaski Street. It is part of a “Public Access” series by the entertainment company in which a select few of its movies are shown for free in the towns where they were filmed.

Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Kyle Chandler, the 2013 romantic comedy explores the inexplicable connection between Teller’s Sutter Keeley, the borderline-alcoholic life of the party, and Woodley’s Aimee Finecky, the “nice girl” book-worm. Finecky is consumed by thoughts and plans for the future, while Keeley “lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now,” according to IMDb.

Director James Ponsoldt is an Athens native, having graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1997. Before filming in the summer of 2012, Ponsoldt held a casting session in his hometown to find local talent for the film. See more here.


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