Richard Linklater directs Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight.

What's better than a cool summer breeze? How about a bunch of film windbags sharing stories about some of the most exciting independent movies set to be released in the coming months!

As an extension of our NYFF Live events during the 50th New York Film Festival, Film Society is thrilled to announce a series of free Summer Talks in the Film Center Amphitheater featuring some of the most exciting filmmakers and actors working today. It all kicks off next Thursday, May 16 at 8:00pm with a conversation with the trio behind the highly anticipated Before Midnight, director Richard Linklater and stars/co-writers Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by Film Comment contributor Phillip Lopate.

In June, Sofia Coppola will be on hand to discuss her new film The Bling Ring, based on a tabloid tizzy of a true story about a group of teenagers whose obsession with celebrity and fashion leads them to rob the houses of some of Hollywood's most famous starlets. Later in the month, Jem Cohen will show one of his short films and talk about how he came to make Locarno favorite Museum Hours.

Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station was among the most buzzed-about movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience Award. In July, Coogler will share with Film Society audiences what lead him to become a filmmaker and why he decided to tell the story of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland man who was victim to excessive police violence, in his debut feature.

Though they don't have confirmed dates yet, we're also excited to announce three additional free talks coming up later this summer at Film Society: Joe Swanberg on Drinking Buddies, SebastiƔn Silva on Crystal Fairy, and David Lowery on Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

These Summer Talks are free and open to the public. Tickets will be available to the general public at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office beginning one hour before the start of the event, on a space available basis.