Film Society Free Talks

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Our free Amphitheater talks continue with directors and actors discussing their new work and reflecting on their career, influences, and approach to filmmaking.

Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the box office one hour prior to each event on a first come, first served basis.

Past Films

Free Talks: Azazel Jacobs (Doll & Em)

Free Talks: Azazel Jacobs (Doll & Em)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Filmmaker Azazel Jacobs will join us to screen and discuss three episodes of the HBO comedy Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells.

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Free Talks: Elijah Wood (Grand Piano)

Free Talks: Elijah Wood (Grand Piano)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Now in his early 30s, Elijah Wood is one of few actors to have already appeared in a role (Frodo in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy) that will live on well beyond his time as an actor. Wood and director Eugenio Mira will be on hand to discuss their new thriller Grand Piano, opening in theaters next month.

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Free Talks: Ira Sachs, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange)

Free Talks: Ira Sachs, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange)

| 60 mins

Director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue) will be joined by co-screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias and actors John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei to discuss their latest project. Love Is Strange blends the romance of New York City's streets and skyline with a delicate Chopin piano score to poignantly capture both the lightness and sorrows of this modern-day love story.

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Free Talks: James Gray (The Immigrant)

Free Talks: James Gray (The Immigrant)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Director James Gray will discuss his richly detailed period tragedy, The Immigrant (NYFF51), which stars Marion Cotillard in a thrilling performance as a young Polish immigrant in 1920s Manhattan.

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Free Talks: James McAvoy (Filth)

Free Talks: James McAvoy (Filth)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Actor James McAvoy will sit down to discuss his latest role in Filth, based on the acclaimed novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and directed by Jon S. Baird.

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Free Talks: Jay and Mark Duplass (Togetherness)

Free Talks: Jay and Mark Duplass (Togetherness)

Jay and Mark Duplass | 2015 | 105 mins

Free event!

Jay and Mark Duplass will screen and discuss the first two episode of their new comedy series Togetherness, which debuts Sunday, January 11 exclusively on HBO.

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Free Talks: Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves)

Free Talks: Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves)

| 60 mins

Free and open to public!

Director Kelly Reichardt will discuss her new film Night Moves, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard in a thriller set against the ravishing, threatened natural beauty of Oregon.

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Free Talks: Liv Ullmann (Miss Julie)

Free Talks: Liv Ullmann (Miss Julie)

| 60 mins

Free event!

Filmmaker and Academy Award-nominated actess Liv Ullmann will discuss her new film Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.

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Free Talks: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Free Talks: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Matthew McConaughey will be on hand to discuss Dallas Buyers Club, which is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (for McConaughey).

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Free Talks: Mike Cahill & Brit Marling (I Origins)

Free Talks: Mike Cahill & Brit Marling (I Origins)

On the occasion of the theatrical opening of the latest film from director Mike Cahill, I Origins, the Film Society sits down with Cahill and actress Brit Marling to discuss their recent collaboration and reflect back on their earlier work together on Another Earth and the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas.

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Free Talks: Stephen Frears & Steve Coogan (Philomena)

Free Talks: Stephen Frears & Steve Coogan (Philomena)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Director Stephen Frears and co-writer/co-star Steve Coogan will be on hand to discuss their four-time Academy Award-nominated film, which stars Judi Dench.

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Free Talks: Takashi Murakami (Jellyfish Eyes)

Free Talks: Takashi Murakami (Jellyfish Eyes)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the pubic!

In conjunction with the New York premiere of his first feature film, Jellyfish Eyes, renowned Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami will present a collection of his animated works and discuss his signature artistic style.

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Free Talks: Xavier Dolan (Mommy)

Free Talks: Xavier Dolan (Mommy)

| 60 mins

Free event!

Xavier Dolan will discuss his electric new film Mommy, which won the Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival and opens at the Film Society on January 23.

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