Film Society Announces an Evening with Monte Hellman

Posted by on 5.26.2011

 

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES

“TO HELLMAN AND BACK: AN EVENING WITH MONTE HELLMAN”

WALTER READE WILL PLAY HOST TO THE NEW YORK DEBUT OF “ROAD TO NOWHERE,” A RARE SCREENING OF “COCKFIGHTER,” AND A CELEBRATION OF A NEW EDITION OF CHARLES WILLEFORD’S LONG-OUT-OF-PRINT NOVEL, ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

EVENT WILL INCLUDE SCREENINGS, A BOOK PARTY, AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS AND A MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY MATT SWEENEY

NEW YORK, NY (May 25, 2011) - The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today, the special presentation of To Hellman and Back: An Evening with Monte Hellman on Wednesday, June 8. Featuring the New York City premiere of the iconoclastic filmmaker’s ROAD TO NOWHERE as well as a rare screening of his 1974 film COCKFIGHTER, the evening will include a book party to celebrate Charles Willeford’s classic novel, Cockfighter featuring a live musical performance by Matt Sweeney.

Presented in association with Monterey Media and Picture Box Books, the evening will include:

The New York premiere of ROAD TO NOWHERE.

Written by Steven Gaydos, and produced by Hellman, Gaydos and Melissa Hellman, the film stars Shannyn Sossamon (A KNIGHT’S TALE, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION), Dominique Swain (LOLITA, ALPHA DOG), Waylon Payne (WALK THE LINE), Cliff de Young, John Diehl and Tygh Runyan. Hellman’s first film behind the camera in more than two decades, the story focuses on the web of intrigue a filmmaker finds himself caught up in as he makes a film based upon a true crime. The director has cast an unknown mysterious young woman that bears a striking resemblance to the femme fatale in the story and becomes obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. ROAD TO NOWHERE will screen at 6:00PM and will be followed by a Q&A with Hellman and cast members TBD.

Screening of Monte Hellman’s COCKFIGHTER.

Celebrating the brand new Picture Box Books edition of Charles Willeford's classic. COCKFIGHTER (1974) has been described as "one of the most explicit studies of repression the American cinema has ever produced”. The film stars Warren Oates as a destitute individual who lays it all on the line for the sport of cockfighting. The film co-stars Harry Dean Stanton, Laurie Bird and Ed Begley Jr. COCKFIGHTER screens at 8:30PM.

A book party to celebrate the release of Picture Box Books’ new edition of Charles WIlleford’s Cockfighter.

A live music performance by Matt Sweeney.

Guitarist, vocalist and composer, Sweeney has performed and recorded with Neil Diamond, Kid Rock, Johnny Cash and Bonnie Prince Billy.

Film Comment Senior Editor Chris Chang said, “It’s extremely exciting to be able to not just host a filmmaker such as Monte Hellman, but to finally see Willeford’s classic novel back in circulation. For the price of one ticket it’s a triple threat evening.”

For the single admission price of $12.00 ($9 Students/ $8 Seniors/ $7 Members) filmgoers will receive access to both movies as well as the book party with musical performance.

Tickets are on sale both at the box office and on-line. Discounts are available for Film Society members. Read more about The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

To Hellman and Back: An Evening with Monte Hellman will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, located at 165 West 65th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

ROAD TO NOWHERE will open in NY on June 10 and in LA on June 17.

About the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, currently planning its 49th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award” —to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, opening June 2011. The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, 42BELOW, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, the National Endowment for the Arts, WNET New York Public Media and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit: www.FilmLinc.com

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