On Nov. 11, atombash.com was on the scene for the New York premiere of Screen Media Films’ “Shelter.” The evening was presented by fashion house Louis Vuitton. Writer/director Paul Bettany, stars Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Mackie were all dressed in Louis Vuitton. Connelly looked lovely in a pink and black number with floral details. She commented that she fell in love with the look when she saw it on the runway recently. The screening was held at the new Whitney Museum in the meatpacking district. The evening was also presented by Coalition for the Homeless. The unsparing love story was inspired by the homeless couple who used to live outside of Paul’s building.
Other cast in attendance included Bruce Altman, Kevin Geer and Babs Olusanmokun. Additional celebrity guests included Sandra Brant, Jim Norton, Amy Heckerling, Victor Demarchelier, Heloise Guerin, Olympia Scarry, Kevin Kane, J. Smith-Cameron, Jodi Long, Guillermo Pfenig, Sofia Sanchez De Betak and Rachel Chandler. In the film Hannah (Connelly) and Tahir (Mackie) come from two different worlds. When their lives intersect, they’re at the same place: homeless on the streets of New York. “Shelter” is a story of loss, love, sacrifice, redemption and, ultimately, hope. The film’s runtime is 105 minutes. It will be released in theaters and on demand this Friday, Nov. 13.
When asked about starring in an unconventional and raw love story, Mackie reflected, “For me I come from a very different place. I was asked recently about a good friend of mine and the type of girl he was interested in, and I said I wanted a girl who would take care of him and I got all this feedback like ‘oh take care of you.’ But the reality of it is that’s the truest essence of love. Like I’m in a relationship with you because I want to take care of you. Like I married my wife because when she goes to bed she knows she’s safe until she wakes up in the morning because that’s my job. I feel like that’s the truest essence of being in a relationship is taking care of the person you love. I feel like this movie one hundred percent about the two of them taking care of each other and making sure that each other is safe and provided for, and I feel that is something that is kind of lost in swiping left and swiping right.”
Jennifer added “I thought Paul had written a really beautiful script, and I thought it’s just a beautiful story and he’s talked about it … but I feel like he said something the other day that was very moving it was really appropriate. Tahir is like this ghost walking around and he wants to get back to his family, but he can’t he can’t quite forgive himself and he meets this woman who he falls in love with who thinks she is a ghost, but he recognizes that she’s still alive and he knows that if he can help her find her way back home he can go back to his own home and be reunited with his family. I think that’s something true. These two people they help each other find their way back home and it’s a story of judgment and ultimately forgiveness and redemption.”
Bruce Altman spoke about working on the project. “It’s very powerful dealing with the issues of drug addiction, homelessness, mental illness, having a child as a parent who you love, who is not capable of taking care of themselves in a way that you think they should and the pain of that was enormous. Then it’s like rolling down a hill, when those given circumstances are so clear, then you just hope the words make sense and you say them.”