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Center CEO Terri Trotter & Daughter Host First Virtual Discussion About Academy Award Nominated Film, Arrival

While we continue to gather around our televisions and electronic devices, binging the latest films and television series on the suite of online streaming services, Midland Center for the Arts announces an opportunity to participate in a social experience around the Academy Award nominated film, Arrival. President & CEO, Terri Trotter will lead the discussion alongside her daughter, Allie Trotter-Wright as the film explores the complexities and intersections of communication, trust and time with the overarching theme of a mother’s love for her daughter and the gift of life itself.

“When my family first saw this movie, we thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Terri Trotter. “I’m looking forward to starting a wider conversation around the themes in the film with friends and neighbors in our community, particularly alongside my daughter who brings me new perspectives continually!

The discussion, part of the MATRIX:MIDLAND Cinema series, is interactive, and seeks to enrich lives through the celebration of art, science and the humanities, presenting fresh ideas that are inspiring, thought provoking and uplifting. Individuals looking to participate in the post-show discussion should watch the film in advance and then register to attend the conversation taking place on June 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, the 2016 American science fiction film starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker is based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. The film follows a linguist enlisted by the United States Army to discover how to communicate with extraterrestrial aliens who have arrived on Earth, before tensions lead to war. The film received eight nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay and won for Best Sound Editing.

The film can be found on YouTube, Amazon Prime or Google Play, and individuals should watch the feature on their own. The conversation is free to attend and will host the opportunity to connect with people from around the region and enjoy the perspective of others. For more information, please visit

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Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday is the former Director of Communications at Midland Center for the Arts. Telling the stories of artists, innovators and modern day explorers!

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