Derek Cianfrance Returns to Schenectady

Saturday, May 05, 2018

May 5, 2018
1:30 pm VIP mixer
3 p.m. Screening in GE Theatre

American director, Derek Cianofrance returns to The Capital Region to screen his film THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES at Proctors GE Theatre 3pm Saturday, May 5th. Cianfrance will spend the afternoon mingling with guests attending the VIP mixer and speaking about his experience filming in Schenectady during the film’s Q&A. Doors open for general admission approximately 30 minutes prior to screening. The afternoon event will also include raffles to win autographed DVDs, movie posters and more. Reservations are recommended. General Admission and VIP Mixer tickets available here.

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first feature BROTHER TIED (1998) was filmed at the age of 23. The movie made its American premiere at The Sundance film festival and hailed a work of “visual genius,” by New York Newsday. The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at 6, including The Orson Welles First Feature Film Award at Huntington. His second feature, BLUE VALENTINE, starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Cianfrance relocated the project to Brooklyn so that Williams could be with her daughter. There were no rehearsals and Cianfrance rarely shot more than one take per shot. Gosling worked with Cianfrance again on THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2013), which follows a motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) who becomes a bank robber to support his newborn son. Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes also stars in the film. Principal photography was completed in 2011 in upstate New York in Schenectady, Niskayuna, Glenville and the closing scene in Vermontville, NY.

This special event screening benefits the Northeast Filmmakers Lab hosted annually by Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that empowers emerging filmmakers to complete and present their projects in a rapidly changing media landscape by leveraging world-class industry expertise through a lab process. Filmmakers of The Neighborhood That Disappeared, Lee’s 88 Keys, Ghost Town: The Hebron Story, Ice Eagles and dozens of others have benefited from participating in the annual lab. Through interaction with audiences, industry experts and peers, filmmakers can acquire a greater understanding of the language and best practices needed to navigate the creative and business paths from development to marketing, from financing to completion.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available through

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