MODERATED BY ROLLING STONE FILM CRITIC PETER TRAVERS
The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, have partnered with movie theater locations throughout the U.S. to present live, national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine, and ABC’s Popcorn, along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show. The series presents interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.
This is the first ever live national in-theater screening series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.
The November event featured a pre-release screening of Paramount Vantage’s NEBRASKA, with live appearances by the film’s stars Bruce Dern, Winner of Best Actor, 2013 International Cannes Film Festival, June Squibb (ABOUT SCHMIDT) and Will Forte (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and MACGRUBER). Nebraska is directed by Oscar® winner Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, SIDEWAYS). NYFCS® is never available on the internet or on TV.
The December screening will feature Columbia Picture’s AMERICAN HUSTLE with live appearances by the film’s Oscar® nominated Director David O. Russell (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE FIGHTER). The film stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. AMERICAN HUSTLE is directed by David O. Russell. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th and wide December 18th.
The live event will take place at the AMC EMPIRE 25 (234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036) on Monday December 9th at 1:15pm and throughout the country on Tuesday December 10th.
A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the screening series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast.
Producer Mark Ehrenkranz, who will continue to program the series, commented: “Exclusive New York screenings with Peter Travers and live stars will now be intimately shared and enjoyed by film lovers everywhere in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Unavailable in the past, filmgoers now have immediate access to personally chat with artisans to honestly discuss their work. The creators of the smaller, better films will now mutually interact with a nationwide audience to help spread the word and ensure that these films of high caliber continue to be made and distributed.”
The prestige movies in the Screening Series might be followed by a regular theatrical run, or be available thereafter on VOD, DVD and other home entertainment vehicles.