GAME CHANGE throughout August

Plus: TWO FREE SUMMER TALKS added to July and
August lineup, LOVELACE directors ROB EPSTEIN and

New York, NY (July 24, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today additions to their popular series of free summer programming highlighted by Friday screenings throughout August of critically acclaimed HBO FILMS titles Behind the Candelabra, Cinema Verite, Too Big To Fail and Game Change. Each film will screen twice each Friday, 4:00PM and 7:30PM, in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The on-going free-to-the-public Summer Talks series has also added Lovelace directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman on July 31 at 7PM, and director Lee Daniels on August 15 at 7PM for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

As an extension of the on-going Free Summer Talks, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has now added Free Friday Screenings, throughout the month of August, of titles from HBO – a recent 2013 recipient of 108 Emmy® nominations. HBO FILMS’ Behind the Candelabra received 15 noms, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor (Michael Douglas, Matt Damon), Outstanding Directing (Steven Soderbergh), Outstanding Writing (Richard LaGravenese), and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Scott Bakula), among others. Last year’s Emmy winners included HBO FILMS’ Game Change for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress (Julianne Moore), Outstanding Directing (Jay Roach), Outstanding Writing (Danny Strong), and Outstanding Casting. Cinema Verite and Too Big To Fail also received multiple Emmy nominations. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and HBO also partner annually on HBO Director’s Dialogues, during the New York Film Festival (September 27-October 13). A complete schedule for the Free Friday Screenings can be found online,

The Film Society of Lincoln Center began hosting live, free talks in May and will continue throughout the Summer. The series kicked off with Before Midnight director Richard Linklater, actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke and has since welcomed Sofia Coppola for The Bling Ring, Jem Cohen for Museum Hours, Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station, and Nicolas Winding Refn for Only God Forgives. On July 31 at 7PM, the Film Society will host Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman to discuss their highly anticipated film, Lovelace (which opens at the Film Center on Friday, August 9), with Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels coming on August 15 at 7PM to discuss his latest, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. 

Previously announced directors still to participate in the Film Society Summer Talks throughout the Summer include; Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery, Passion director Brian De Palma and Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg. A complete schedule can be found below, and online, For those unable to attend the Summer Talks in person, video from the event will be available online at

Free tickets for Free Friday Screenings and the Summer Talks will be available at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) box office on a first-come, first-served basis one hour prior to the conversations and screenings. Limit one complimentary ticket per person, subject to availability.

Films, Schedule & Descriptions

Behind the Candelabra
Steven Soderbergh, U.S., 2013, 118m
Michael Douglas is Liberace! This biopic of the Las Vegas performer and his relationship with Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) is an utterly fascinating portrait of a love affair that unravels over the course of six years, with incredible supporting performances by Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, and Rob Lowe.
*Friday, August 2 at 4PM and 7:30PM

Cinema Verite
Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, U.S., 2011, 86m
A dramatization of the making of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins as Pat and Bill Loud; and James Gandolfini as producer Craig Gilbert.
*Friday, August 9 at 4PM and 7:30PM

Too Big to Fail
Curtis Hanson, 2011, 99m
A riveting, pull-no-punches account of the 2008 financial crisis and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s efforts to avert the meltdown – with amazing performances from William Hurt (as Paulson) and James Woods (as Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld), plus Paul Giamatti (as Ben Bernanke) and Billy Crudup (as Timothy Geithner).
*Friday, August 16 at 4PM and 7:30PM

Game Change
Jay Roach, 2012, 118m
The fearless Julianne Moore gives an uncanny performance as Sarah Palin in this compelling drama about the 2008 presidential race and the arrival of the Alaskan grizzly momma Governor in the national spotlight. Woody Harrelson stars as senior campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, along with Ed Harris as Senator John McCain.
*Friday, August 23 at 4PM and 7:30PM

Schedule & Descriptions

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Landmark queer filmmakers Epstein and Friedman have individually and collectively made numerous acclaimed films, among them The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt and The Celluloid Closet. In recent years as co-directors they've gained attention for their crossover from documentary to narrative filmmaking with Howl about Allen Ginsberg three years ago and now with their latest narrative film about a non fiction character, Lovelace. Amanda Seyfried stars as infamous American porn star Linda Lovelace in a bio pic with an all-star cast that includes Sharon Stone as Lovelace's mom and James Franco as Hugh Hefner, among others. The film opens on August 9th.
*Wednesday, July 31: 7PM
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Managing Editor of FilmLinc Daily, Brian Brooks

Director: David Gordon Green
Director David Gordon Green first came to the Film Society very early on in his career. His first feature, George Washington, screened at the 38th New York Film Festival in 2000. His latest movie, Prince Avalanche — starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch — debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Rudd and Hirsch portray brothers in Green's indie feature. The movie — conceived, filmed and finished in just a few months last year — is apparently a remake of Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's Icelandic film, Either Way. Green is an always engaging, conversation guest and with eight movies under his belt since his first trip to the Film Society, he'll surely have a lot to talk about.
*Thursday, August 1: 6:30PM
Summer Talk with director David Gordon Green.
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Digital Strategy, Eugene Hernandez.

Director Lee Daniels
The casting director and talent manager who later became a film producer and then a director is about to unveil his latest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The story of an African American man who served eight presidents as a butler in the White House from the 1950s through the 80s, stars Forest Whitaker in the title role and features a cast the includes Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Jane Fonda and more. At the New York Film Festival with his past two films, Precious and The Paperboy, Daniels is finding a new path with the summer release of his new movie. Always an outspoken and entertaining interview subject, Daniels will surely share stories from the set of his latest feature and offer candid insights on his eclectic career.
*Thursday, August 15: 7PM
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Digital Strategy, Eugene Hernandez.

Director: David Lowery
An exciting discovery at this year's Sundance Film Festival, David Lowery is no stranger within American indie circles. Not only did he write and direct the upcoming Ain't Them Bodies Saints, but he edited Shane Carruth's recent Upstream Color and co-wrote Yen Tan's Pit Stop. Lowery's Texas drama, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, stars Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck in a story of outlaws set in Texas. Opens theatrically at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on August 16.
*Wednesday, August 14: 7PM
Summer Talk with David Lowery.
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Film Booker, Matt Kaszanek

Director: Brian De Palma
A hit from the 50th New York Film Festival, Brian DePalma's Passion is a film that is sure to have people talking. De Palma exhibits great panache and a diabolical mastery of frequent, small surprises in his cinematically most ingenious movie since his magical comedy-of-coincidences, Femme Fatale. With tongue planted in cheek, or maybe not — it’s up to you to decide — De Palma turns French director Alain Corneau’s 2010 Love Crime into a droll, erotic tale of female competition. Noomi Rapace more than matches her performance in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the assistant to an unscrupulous advertising honcho (Rachel McAdams), who steals her ideas and acts as if it’s all good sport. It’s great fun until De Palma zeros in on the fury in Rapace’s eyes. The De Palma trademarks are all present and deployed with coolly calculated abandon: a brilliant use of split screen; a confusion of identical twins; dreams within dreams; and shoes to die for. Opens theatrically at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on August 30.
* Monday, August 19: 7PM
Summer Talk with director Brian De Palma.
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Managing Editor of FilmLinc Daily, Brian Brooks

Director: Joe Swanberg
Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend. Drinking Buddies is written and directed by Joe Swanberg and stars Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston.
*Wednesday, August 21: 7PM
Summer Talk with Joe Swanberg.
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Digital Strategy, Eugene Hernandez.

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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