THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER AND AMC PARTNER TO PRESENT A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE EMMY® AWARD-WINNING BREAKING BAD IN ADVANCE OF THE SERIES’ FINAL 8 EPISODES
“LONG COOK: A BREAKING BAD MARATHON” WILL INCLUDE SCREENINGS OF ALL PREVIOUS SEASONS FOR FREE FROM JULY 26-30
“THE PERFECT BATCH: BREAKING BAD CAST FAVORITES”
TO FEATURE CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER VINCE GILLIGAN, BRYAN CRANSTON AND OTHER CAST MEMBERS SCREENING AND DISCUSSING THEIR FAVORITE EPISODES ON AUGUST 1 & 2
New York, NY (July 2, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and AMC announced today a first-of-its-kind collaboration to celebrate AMC’s heralded and Emmy® Award-winning show Breaking Bad, whose final episodes begin on August 11 at 9pm. The weeklong celebration begins on Friday, July 26 with “Long Cook: A Breaking Bad Marathon,” a free five-day marathon screening of all previous seasons (July 26-30) at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater. On Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2, FSLC and AMC present “The Perfect Batch: Breaking Bad Cast Favorites,” for which series Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan, will join stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk to present their favorite episodes and participate in Q&A sessions at the Walter Reade Theater. Additional participants will be announced at a later date in July, as well as a complete schedule and ticket information. The conversation portion of the evening will be live streamed through Filmlinc.com. Afterwards, fans may find the panel video in its entirety on amc.com.
“It is often said that television is in the midst of a golden age, and there is no greater proof of that than Breaking Bad,” said Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming. “As this most cinematic of shows draws to a close, it seemed more than appropriate for the Film Society to pay tribute to its achievements by presenting every episode to date on the big screen. We are also thrilled to welcome Vince Gilligan and his collaborators to the Walter Reade stage to share their personal highlights from the past five seasons.”
“Our goal is to appropriately commemorate the conclusion of the iconic and critically acclaimed series, Breaking Bad. We can't think of a better venue to do this than at Lincoln Center,” said Charlie Collier, President and GM of AMC. “The Film Society of Lincoln Center's week-long celebration is a fitting tribute to the show, its brilliant showrunner, Vince Gilligan, and a talented ensemble of writers and actors who have breathed life into some of the most complex and memorable characters on television.”
Admission for “Long Cook A Breaking Bad Marathon” will be free to the public. Entry to watch the marathon will be throughout the day, subject to seating availability in the amphitheater. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour prior to the start of the first episode showing each day. Throughout the day, tickets will be distributed as seating becomes available. Anyone attending the marathon will be eligible to participate in a raffle to win a pair of tickets for a special advance premiere screening of the first of the series’ final eight episodes. Five pairs of tickets will be given away.
“The Perfect Batch: Breaking Bad Cast Favorites” will take place on August 1 and 2 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Additional participants will be announced at a later date in July, as well as a complete schedule and ticket purchase information. Stay tuned to Filmlinc.com for updates.
Revolving around the great anti-hero Walter White (Cranston) and a vivid ensemble of family members, business associates, and threatening nemeses, Breaking Bad has garnered widespread critical acclaim through its five seasons and pushed the boundaries of episodic storytelling. The drama series that Entertainment Weekly hails “one of the great narratives in television history” is created by acclaimed writer, producer, and director Gilligan and produced by Sony Pictures Television. Over five seasons, the series has garnered seven Primetime Emmy® Award wins and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012).
DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE
Long Cook: A Breaking Bad Marathon
July 26 – July 30
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Friday, July 26
Season 1 (7 episodes), 5:00 pm
When straight-laced high school chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he forms a crystal methamphetamine cooking operation with his former student, Jesse Pinkman.
Saturday, July 27
Season 2 (13 episodes), 12:00pm
One step ahead of his DEA-agent brother-in-law Hank, Walter begins to capitalize on his life of crime as its insidious effects on his wife, Skyler, and his partner, Jesse, begin to reveal themselves.
Sunday, July 28
Season 3 (13 episodes), 12:00 pm
Joining a more advanced drug-dealing operation headed by the ruthless and enigmatic fast food entrepreneur Gustavo Fring pits Walter and Jesse against their most sophisticated enemy yet.
Monday, July 29
Season 4 (13 episodes), 12:00 pm
With Hank closing in on Gus, Walter does everything in his power to ensure not only his survival but also his ultimate victory.
Tuesday, July 30
Season 5A (8 episodes), 5:00 pm
As the Breaking Bad saga draws to a close, characters begin to reach the limits of their criminal morality.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” Its newest series, “Low Winter Sun,” premieres this summer. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Comic Book Men,” “Small Town Security,” “Talking Dead,” and “Freakshow.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.
ABOUT FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Among its yearly programming of film festivals, film series and special events, the Film Society presents two film festivals in particular that annually attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, which just celebrated its 50th 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, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, and most recently – Barbra Streisand. FSLC presents its year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational and transmedia programs and specialty film releases at the famous Walter Reade Theater and the state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
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