Jewison to appear in-person along with Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Lee Grant

New York, NY, March 30, 2011 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the details today for the upcoming film series, Relentless Renegade: The Films of Norman Jewison which will screen at the Walter Reade Theater May 25-30. The series will mark the first major retrospective of the director’s work in New York featuring appearances by Jewison, along with Academy Award-winners Olympia Dukakis and Lee Grant and others participating in Q&As and discussing several of the classic films helmed by the great director.

Special guest appearances include:

Olympia Dukakis  – who will join Jewison to discuss the film MOONSTRUCK (Saturday, May 28 at 5:45PM)
Lee Grant  – who will attend screenings of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (Friday, May 27 at 6:00PM) and THE LANDLORD (Monday, May 30 at 6:00PM)
Lyricist Sheldon Harnick  – who will be on hand to talk about FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Sunday, May 29 at 2:15PM
Sony Pictures Classics Co-President and Co-Founder Michael Barker  – who will attend a screening of ROLLERBALL (Saturday, May 28 at 8:30PM) to discussUnited Artists and Arthur Krim, who was Chairman of United Artists from 1951 to 1978. 
Jewison will also attend screenings of GAILY, GAILY (Wednesday, May 25 at 8:15PM), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Thursday, May 26 at 6:00PM), THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (Thursday, May 26 at 8:45PM), AGNES OF GOD (Friday, May 27 at 8:45PM), THE CINCINNATI KID (Saturday, May 28 at 3:00PM), THE HURRICANE (Sunday, May 29 at 6:00PM), and A SOLDIER’S STORY (Sunday, May 29 at 9:15PM).
Programming Associate Josh Strauss said, “In American mainstream movie history there is a small handful of producer/directors that can lay claim to an extraordinarily immense, eclectic, and successful body of work. There is no doubt that Norman Jewison is a prominent member of that club. We are delighted to present this wonderful series of films and even more thrilled to have the man himself here, in person, to talk about them.”
A vibrant force in the motion picture industry for four decades, Norman Jewison has been nominated for seven Oscars. Those nominations included three for Best Director (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MOONSTRUCK) and four for Best Picture (THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING; FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; A SOLDIER’S STORY; MOONSTRUCK). His films have received a total of 46 nominations and 12 Academy Awards. In 1999, Jewison received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award at the 71st Academy Awards and last year, he received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America.
Additional honors include Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, the Moscow Film Festival and Camerimage from Poland. In 1992, Jewison was decorated a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award. He also received the Donatello Award from Italy and the Genie Award from the Canadian Academy. In the past four years he has received a lifetime Achievement Award from the Eurasia Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival, the Argentina Film Festival and The King Vidor Award at San Luis Obispo Film Festival.
Jewison’s career as a filmmaker began with his directing and producing for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1958, Jewison accepted an invitation from CBS in New York to direct the memorable series “Your Hit Parade.”  He followed this with “The Andy Williams Show,” two Harry Belafonte specials, “The Fabulous Fifties,” Danny Kaye’s television debut, “The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe” and the award-winning Judy Garland specials.  Along the way, he collected three Emmy Awards.
His film debut as a director came with the 1962 comedy 40 POUNDS OF TROUBLE starring Tony Curtis. After THE THRILL OF IT ALL, SEND ME NO FLOWERS and THE ART OF LOVE for Universal, Jewison went the independent route and directed THE CINCINNATI KID starring Steve McQueen. Since then, Jewison’s films have covered a wide range of subjects and styles, from the sharp pre-glasnost (by 20 years) political satire of THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING and the stylish gamesmanship of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR to the sultry mystery of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1967) and the angry irony of …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
Other highlights include the hit screen versions of Broadway musicals, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and the futuristic ROLLERBALL. In 1984, Jewison directed and co-produced the critically acclaimed A SOLDIER’S STORY, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. The following year, AGNES OF GOD marked the first feature he filmed in his native country of Canada. The film was honored with three Oscar nominations, including Best Supporting Actress nominations for Meg Tilly and Anne Bancroft.
MOONSTRUCK, released in 1987, was a smash success and another multiple Oscar-winner, with star Cher winning Best Actress, Olympia Dukakis for Best Supporting Actress and John Patrick Shanley for Best Original Screenplay. Additional notable films included the Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd starrer, IN COUNTRY; OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, starring Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck and Penelope Ann Miller; the acclaimed drama THE HURRICANE, based on the life of prizefighter Rubin “Hurricane” Carter starring Denzel Washington; the Sundance favorite DANCE ME OUTSIDE (which he executive produced); and the Emmy nominated HBO movie, DINNER WITH FRIENDS starring Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear.
Jewison’s most recent big screen outing was THE STATEMENT (2003) starring Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and John Neville. He is currently at work withAcademy Award winning writer, John Patrick Shanley, on a project based on the Italian film, BREAD AND TULIPS.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 21 both at the box office and on-line. Discounts are available for Film Society members. Read more about The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, located at 165 West 65th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.
Screening Venue:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65 Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam (upper level)
Wednesday, May 25
1:45PM          A SOLDIER’S STORY (101min)                          
3:45PM          AGNES OF GOD (98min)                  
6:00PM          THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (102min)
8:15PM          GAILY, GAILY (107min)
                       (Q&A with Norman Jewison)          
Thursday, May 26
3:50PM          MOONSTRUCK (102min)                   
6:00PM          JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (108min)