”54: The Director’s Cut” with Intro by Director + Dinner
Aujourd'hui, 22 sept. à 23:00
Film: 54: The Director’s Cut Program begins at 5:30PM but let’s meet at 5PM in the screening room. This will be in a limited space screening room venue at Columbia University’s Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room at The Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W 129th St and tickets will probably not be available at the door so buy your tickets ASAP using this link: https://m.ovationtix.com/pe/10321196 After film we’ll go to dinner at a local eatery to be determined. Director & Screenwriter: Mark Christopher Cast: Ryan Philippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Breckin Meyer, Neve Campbell, Sela Ward, Sherry Stringfield, Heather Matarazzo Film introduced by the director, Mark Christopher. After graduating from the Columbia University graduate film program, Mark Christopher ’96 wrote a serio-comic screenplay about an ambitious young bisexual man who comes of age while working as a bartender at the legendary New York disco Studio 54. Ira Deutchman, Dolly Hall, and Richard Gladstein produced the film, starring Ryan Philippe, Salma Hayek, and Mike Myers, with financing from Miramax. However, after a test screening, Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein ordered Christopher to reshoot nearly half the movie, removing not only most of the gay content but also much of the story. Panned by critics and ignored by audiences, the film was largely forgotten until 2015, when Weinstein’s successors at Miramax finally allowed Christopher to reconstruct his original director’s cut. That cut premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where IndieWire’s Ryan Lattanzio hailed it as “a new gay cult classic, a glorious, hedonistic revelry that transports us to an underground utopia of sexually liberated freak flyers, only to plunge us into its inevitable ruination.” That’s the version we’ll be showing. This screening is part of NY Indie Guy: Ira Deutchman and the Rise of Independent Film On September 14-16 and September 20-23, 2018, Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts will host a retrospective exhibit honoring the career of Film Professor and Producing Concentration Supervisor Ira Deutchman. Since 1975, Deutchman has been a leader in distributing, marketing, and producing American independent films, international films, and arthouse films. He is perhaps best known for founding and running the distribution companies Cinecom, Fine Line Features, and Emerging Pictures. Deutchman has taught at Columbia since 1987. This retrospective will screen essential motion pictures from various points in Deutchman’s career, such as The Brother From Another Planet; Diva; Harlan County USA; sex, lies, & videotape; Swoon; and A Woman Under the Influence. Many showings will feature Q&A talkbacks with filmmakers or performers. The celebration will also include panel discussions and an extensive exhibit covering Deutchman’s impact on cinema.