Fall Film Club 2020

FIRST FILM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14th AT 7:30 PM

SPECIAL GUEST: Daniel Lombroso

Daniel Lombroso is a freelance director and journalist. For five years, he was a staff producer at The Atlantic, where he directed shorts exploring Russian espionage, the Israeli settlement movement, far-right Christian media, and more. Lombroso graduated from McGill University with a degree in political science and lives in New York City. 

His debut feature film, WHITE NOISE, based on his four years reporting inside the alt-right, premiered at AFI DOCS in June 2020 to critical acclaim. It is the first-ever feature film by The Atlantic.

View Q&A with Daniel Lombroso*

* Please check Film Club email from October 16th for password to view this exclusive Q&A.


SECOND FILM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST AT 7:30 PM

Please check Film Club email from October 16th for details on this week’s film. Zoom link for this week’s Q&A will be sent via email by noon on Wednesday, October 21st.

SPECIAL GUEST: Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna is an American actor with a strong background in both theater and film. He is also a producer, writer, and director, and is probably best known for his role as Joey Zasa in the Francis Ford Coppola epic The Godfather: Part III (1990), in which he stars alongside Al Pacino and Andy Garcia.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he obtained a degree in acting from the Goodman School of Drama and took to the stage early on in life. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz’s musical of Studs Terkel’s Working, Mantegna was awarded the Tony for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

Mantegna made his feature film debut in 1985 as the womanizing dentist in Frank Perry’s Compromising Positions, based on Susan Isaacs’ best-seller. His early films include co-starring roles in The Money Pit, Weeds, and Suspect. He also starred in the critically acclaimed David Mamet films House of Games and Things Change, for which he and co-star Don Ameche both received the coveted Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. 

Mantegna has also starred in Woody Allen’s Alice and Celebrity, Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights and Bugsy, Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Billy Crystal’s Forget Paris. Other stand-out roles include Up Close and Personal, Baby’s Day Out, Airheads, Queens Logic, Wait Until Spring Bandini, Eye for an Eye, The Runner, and Stephen King’s Thinner. 

Mantegna headlined a series of original films for the A&E Network, based on Robert Parker’s popular Spenser detective novels (Small Vices (1999), Thin Air (2000), and Walking Shadow (2001). He produced the SHOWTIME film Men Vs. Women! (2001), and starred in the CBS series First Monday. Mantegna also starred as police chief Will Girardi in the popular and critically acclaimed CBS series, Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005) which received several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He co-starred in Nine Lives (2005), The Starter Wife (2006), and lent his voice to the character of GREM in DisneyPixar’s CARS2(2011). 

Mantegna was a co-star of CBS’s Criminal Minds from 2007 until the hit show ended in February of 2020 with the 15th and final season. He continues hosting and producing duties on Midway USA’s, “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel as well as co-hosting the National Memorial Day Concert. Honoring a career filled with memorable performances in theater, movies, and television, Joe Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

View Q&A with Joe Mantegna*

* Please check Film Club email from October 22nd for password to view this exclusive Q&A.


THIRD FILM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH AT 7:30 PM

Please check Film Club email from October 22nd for details on this week’s film. Zoom link for this week’s Q&A will be sent via email by noon on Wednesday, October 28th.

SPECIAL GUEST: Joe Mantello

Joseph Mantello is an American actor and director best known for his work on Broadway productions of WickedTake Me Out, and Assassins, as well as being one of the original Broadway cast members of Angels in America. He directed the 2018 Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band as well as the 2020 film adaptation for Netflix. 

Mantello’s acting credits include: The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), and The Baltimore Waltz. Mantello was nominated for Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart. He has also received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway Awards.

Mantello was born in 1962 in Rockford, Illinois, studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and came to New York in 1984. He started the Edge Theater in New York City with actress Mary-Louise Parker and writer Peter Hedges. He is a member of the Naked Angels theater company and an associate artist at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Mantello is two-time Tony Award-winning director — his credits include The Humans (Tony nomination), Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last…, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, and Corpus Christi. 

SPECIAL GUEST: Robin de Jesús 

Robin de Jesús is an American film and theater actor known for playing the role of Sonny in the 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2010, he joined the revival cast of La Cage aux Folles as Jacob, the sassy housekeeper, which earned him his second Tony Award nomination in the featured category. De Jesús played the role of Boq in the Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. In 2019, he received a third Tony Award nomination, for Best Featured Actor in a Play, for his role of Emory in The Boys in the Band.

Robin de Jesús’s was born in 1984 in Norwalk, Connecticut. His first major role was as Michael in the independent film Camp (2003), where he plays a gay teen who gets beat up for wearing a dress to his prom. While the film (which also starred a young Anna Kendrick) went relatively unnoticed in the mainstream, it gained a cult following among musical theater fans and teens who connected to the outcast theme. In addition to Camp, his film credits include Pet the Goat (2004), Fat Girls (2006), How to Make It in America (2010), Gun Hill Road (2011), Elliot Loves (2012), HairBrained (2013), and Netflix’s 2020 adaptation of The Boys in The Band.

SPECIAL GUEST: Brian Hutchison

Brian Hutchison is an American actor based in New York City. He has appeared on such network shows as Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Chicago Med, Jessica Jones, Elementary, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Godfather of Harlem, The Sinner, FBI: Most Wanted, and Lisey’s Story.

He has appeared on and off Broadway in several shows including Exit the King with Geoffrey Rush and Looped opposite Valerie Harper, as well as in plays at major regional theaters throughout the Northeast and on the west coast.

On Broadway in 2018, Hutchison played the part of Alan in the Tony-winning revival of The Boys in the Band. He reprised his role for Netfix’s 2020 film adaptation. 

View Q&A from Week 3*

* Please check Film Club email from October 30th for password to view this exclusive Q&A.


FOURTH FILM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH AT 7:30 PM

Please check Film Club email from November 4th for details on this week’s film and the link to the virtual screening.

SPECIAL GUEST: George Gallo

George Gallo, Jr. is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer who is best known for writing Midnight Run. He was born in 1956 in Port Chester, NY.  After seeing Martin Scorcese’s Mean Streets (1973) Gallo decided to become a filmmaker and moved to Los Angeles in 1982 where he wrote his first film, Wise Guys (1986), which was produced with Danny Devito and Joe Piscopo. Midnight Run came next with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Then in 1990, he wrote and directed 29th Street with Danny Aiello and Anthony LaPaglia. Other filmmaking credits include Local Color, Bad Boys, The Whole Ten Yards, Homeland Security,and Columbus Circle, and Middle Men starring Luke Wilson His most recent film, tonight’s The Comeback Trail–starring Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Zach Braff — opens December 18, 2020.

In addition to filmmaking, Gallo is also an accomplished saxophone player and painter in the style of the Pennsylvania Impressionists. In 1990, he won the coveted Arts for the Parks award, and has had three one-man exhibitions in New York City. 

View Q&A From Week 4*

Please check Film Club email from November 6th for password to view this exclusive Q&A.


FIFTH FILM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th AT 7:30 PM

SPECIAL GUEST: Sam Bisbee

Sam Bisbee is a songwriter, record and film producer, and founding partner of Park Pictures Features, the feature film division of acclaimed commercial production company Park Pictures. The company has brought 13 films to the Sundance Film Festival over the past ten years.

In 2009, Bisbee produced The New Tenants which won the Academy Award in 2010 for best Live Action Short. He also produced 2012’s Sloan Award winner Robot and Frank, 2013’s Golden Globe nominated Infinitely Polar Bear and God’s Pocket, 2015’s Midnight selection Cop Car, 2016’s Independent Spirit Award winner Other People, 2017’s The Hero, 2018’s Hearts Beat LoudAn Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, and Rudy Valdez’s The Sentence for which Bisbee also composed the original score. The Sentence won the 2018 Audience Award for US Documentary Competition. His latest film – tonight’s Film Club selection – Farewell Amor, which centers on an Angolan immigrant separated from his wife and daughter for 17 years, opens in theaters and on demand on December 11, 2020.

View Q&A from Week Five*

*Please check Film Club email from November 13 for password to view this exclusive Q&A.


SIXTH FILM CLUB

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT 7:30 PM

SPECIAL GUEST: Dana Nachman

Dana Nachman is an award-winning filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. Her most recent documentary – tonight’s Film Club selection Dear Santa, shines a light on the United States Postal Service’s 100-year-old ‘Operation Santa’ Program and releases December 4th, 2020. Tonight marks Nachman’s third visit to The Picture House. She previously joined Marshall to discuss her films Pick of the Litter and Batkid Begins

Nachman’s 2019 narrative short Hook Up 2.0 premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now traveling the country and screening at dozens of virtual festivals. It is a part of a trilogy of shorts each featuring a female protagonist of a different generation.

Nachman’s 2018 feature documentary Pick of the Litter was sold within 48 hours of its premiere at the Slamdance festival and soon after was released theatrically by IFC Films. The Walt Disney Company hired Nachman and KTF films to remake Pick of the Litter as a limited original series for Disney+. Nachman served as one of the showrunners of the series. She also directed three of the episodes. In 2018 Nachman won best female director awards at both Cleveland International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.


Nachman’s 2015 film Batkid Begins was bought and distributed by Warner Bros./New Line Cinema. Previously she wrote, directed, and produced the documentaries Witch Hunt, which was executive produced by Sean Penn and premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; Love Hate Love, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and The Human Experiment, which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals. She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award, and dozens of Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals.


Nachman’s films have also been seen on various television networks, including MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Network and PBS.


In 2017 and 2018 Nachman was chosen to participate in the American Film Showcase where she traveled as a US envoy with the State Department as a part of this prestigious film diplomacy program.


Born and raised in New York, Nachman graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a dual degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. She went on to earn a Master’s degree from NYU in Broadcast Journalism.