This week we’re excited to present a conversation with Film at Lincoln Center Assistant Programmer Madeline Whittle, as she discusses the films featured in FLC’s new series Angels and Puppets: The Stage on Screen with Annie Baker, now running through June 20.

The series includes 17 films that engage with theater as a cinematic theme, handpicked by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Annie Baker in anticipation of the release of her directorial debut, Janet Planet, on June 21.

Many films in the series will be shown on 35mm, and Baker will join us in-person for select introductions and Q&As, including a sneak preview of Janet Planet on June 20. Opening Night of the series will feature Louis Malle’s iconic collaboration with André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, My Dinner with André (1981), and Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), both presented on 35mm. Following My Dinner with André, Baker will engage in a discussion with Shawn about each film’s perspective on theater as an art form and its translation to the big screen.

The conversation with Whittle was moderated by Erik Luers, FLC’s Digital Marketing Manager.

Listen below: