The Sparks Brothers Virtual Screening Opportunity

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A Brief History

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, a limited number of you have a chance at watching a virtual screening of The Sparks Brothers at 7:00PM.  The film features many people praising Sparks for their influence, including Beck, Flea, Neil Gaiman, Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, Jane Wiedlin, and more.  The Sparks Brothers is entertaining and funny and serves as an anthology of contemporary music over the past 50 years.

Digging Deeper

To reserve a spot for the online screening you must click on the link below which takes you to the redeem pass page.  You then log in or sign up which takes a minute if you don’t have a Focus Features TicktBox account to reserve your virtual spot!  The day of the screening you get an email reminder from Focus Features TicktBox and then at 6:00pm, 1 hour before the screening you get the email to log into the movie.  You will be put into a virtual waiting room – so you can walk away from your screen for an hour and then the movie starts at 7:00pm.  It is easy and the system explains all the steps.

Your link plus code is:

Please note: your code is entirely unique and is only valid for one log-in.  It cannot be shared with friends or used on multiple devices.  When you get the email to watch the film use the device with which you intend to join the virtual screening.  You cannot log into the movie on your phone and then try to watch it on your computer.

The Sparks Brothers addresses the following question: “How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time?”  Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron and Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band.

Directed by Edgar Wright and produced by Edgar Wright, Nira Park, George Hencken, and Laura Richardson, the documentary film will be theatrically released in North America on June 18, 2021 by Focus Features.  It has a running time of 141 minutes an MPAA rating of R.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see the film’s official trailer:

The featured image in this article is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted.  It is believed that the use of scaled-down, low-resolution images of posters with the intention of promoting the film in question qualifies as fair use under the copyright law of the United States.


About Author

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.