Acclaimed filmmaker and activist Mira Nair is this year's honorary recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival’s 3rd annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award. The award honors a director, producer or actor who best delivers a message of social change and exhibits a strong compassion for philanthropy.
In addition to accepting the award, Nair will participate in the annual BMI-sponsored Music For Film chat at the festival along with Mychael Danna, the Academy-Award winning film composer who recently won Best Original Score for his work on Life of Pi.
After several years of making documentary films, Mira Nair made a stunning entry on the world stage with her first feature, Salaam Bombay! in 1988, the first Indian film to win the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Nair used the profits from the film's debut to create the Salaam Baalak Trust for India's street children. Her other films include Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, and most recently TheReluctant Fundamentalist.
Director, actor, producer, film historian, writer and Kingston native Peter Bogdanovich will receive the honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival. The festival takes place October 2-6. We speak with him about the award and his latest film, Cold Turkey.
John Badham has directed more than 39 feature-length productions and many television shows over a career that has earned him Academy Award nominations and helped launch John Travolta as a major star.
He has directed everything from action films (Point of No Return, Blue Thunder) to comedies (Short Circuit, WarGames) and dramas (Whose Life Is It Anyway?, American Flyers)—and of course, Saturday Night Fever.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA is directed by Matthew Penn (making his debut with the Company). It features the indomitable Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, long-time Company actor Elizabeth Aspenlieder, and newcomers Edmund Donovan and David Sedgwick.
Steeped with razor sharp wit, humor and humanity, The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs through September 15 in the Bernstein Theatre.
Set in the small village of Leenane, County Galway in Ireland, the play tracks the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter who are locked in a dance of mutual loathing, which may prove more durable than any love. Irish writer Martin McDonagh has become one of the most powerful voices writing for stage and screen, and his critically acclaimed career began with a Tony Award-winning debut, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
The film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, released last year, stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, a young girl living in a southern Louisiana bayou with her father and with the weight of the universe on her small determined shoulders. The film was directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious. The score is by Zeitlin and Dan Romer.
This gorgeous and fantastical film was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. The film’s aforementioned star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture. Zeitlin was nominated for Best Director - for this, his first full-length feature film; and he and Alibar were nominated for best adapted screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.
This Saturday, August 10th, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will present a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild with live score performed by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. This is one of only two scheduled live-score presentations of the film - the first occurring on the 8th at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park.
Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, Bridges will play the main stage through August 18th. The show then moves to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, with performances beginning January 13th and officially opening in late-February.
Based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. The musical tells the story of Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Pasquale) and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife, Francesca Johnson.
Sher’s Broadway credits include Golden Boy, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Steven Pasquale - a series regular on the seven-season FX hit Rescue Me - last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty and was here at Williamstown last season in Far From Heaven.
Oklahoma! is the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein – the original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943.
Featuring timeless songs such as "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin,'" "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," “I Cain't Say No," "People Will Say We're in Love," and of course "Oklahoma!," this landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning musical is currently enjoying the Berkshire Theatre Group treatment on stage at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA.
Eric Hill directs this American classic and he joins to tell us more.
On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant makes her way across the Brooklyn Bridge chasing memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows.
The play, by Mozhan Marnò is the second New York Stage and Film Mainstage show this Powerhouse season at Vassar College. Kate Whoriskey directs and Laura Innes stars. They joins us to discuss the piece.
Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.
The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.