The Coronado Island Film Festival, along with the Coronado Historical Association, will host a special screening event of the dramatic feature film Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks Pictures, 2015) including an intimate conversation with Francis Gary Powers, Jr., son of U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose capture after the Soviet Union shot down his U-2 spy plane during the Cold War set in motion the events of the film.
On May 1, 1960, Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and sentenced to ten years in prison. Powers’ only hope was New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance. A limited number of VIP tickets will include a pre-screening reception with Powers, Jr.