Release Date: May 22,2023
The Nightlight to Show Documentary About John Lennon’s Assistant-turned-girlfriend, May Pang
Akron, Oh 5/13/2023 - The Nightlight, downtown Akron's independent nonprofit cinema, is excited to announce two upcoming screenings of The Lost Weekend: A Love Story on Thursday, June 8, at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The 2022 biographical documentary film features John Lennon's former assistant-turned-lover, May Pang, who will join us at The Nightlight. Audience members will be able to engage with Pang following each screening with a Q&A hosted by Brad Savage, Program Director at 91.3 The Summit. Tickets for the film are $20 each, including a post-film Q+A with May Pang herself.
"The Lost Weekend: A Love Story" explores the 18-month relationship (1973-1975) that John Lennon spent with May Pang, his Chinese American assistant turned lover (on Yoko Ono's insistence). The film sheds new light on Lennon's post-Beatles life and career and Pang's side of the story as a young Chinese-American woman whose first relationship was with a Beatle. With May's help, Lennon reunited with his son Julian and had his most artistically and commercially productive period post-Beatles - with the albums "Mind Games," "Walls and Bridges," and saw him collaborating with Elton John, David Bowie, Harry Nilsson, Mick Jagger, and Ringo to name a few. Pang chronicles it all, revisiting her younger self, a naïve 22-year old experiencing her first unforgettable love.
"It is a joy to welcome May Pang to The Nightlight with us on the big screen and in person," said Jenn Kidd, Executive Director. "Like all of the films we try to show, The Lost Weekend reminds us of the power in hearing stories from more than one perspective."
About May Pang: May is best known for her 18-month relationship with John Lennon, often called 'The Lost Weekend' and her subsequent marriage to music producer Tony Visconti. May is also a successful photographer, author, and jewelry designer, with her work represented around the world. Her intimate and truthful portraits of John Lennon during their time together are of significant importance, with rare images of John and his first son Julian. In addition to working for Apple Records and Lennon, May also worked in music publishing / A&R for Island Records and United Artists.
* These screenings take place the night before "The Lost Weekend – The Photography of May Pang" exhibition opens at Up Front Art Space in Cuyahoga Falls. Please contact Scott Segelbaum at Scott@rockartshow.com for further details on the show.
To reserve tickets for The Lost Weekend: A Love Story screenings and Q&As, visit nightlightcinema.com or The Nightlight box office in advance. For more information about this screening and other upcoming events at The Nightlight, please visit our website or contact Jenn Kidd, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.