Screening – “The Spectacular Now” Presented by James Ponsoldt

Filmmaker James Ponsoldt will introduce a special screening of his critically acclaimed 2013 film The Spectacular Now, which was filmed in Athens, as part of a day of events at Ciné in celebration of the Willson Center’s 30th anniversary.The Spectacular Now is based on the novel by Tim Tharp, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. The film stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larsen, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, and Kyle Chandler. Woodley and Teller were awarded a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival for theirperformances as teens edging toward adult love in what Variety’s Rob Nelson called a “bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood’s end.”Ponsoldt will also introduce a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show at 3 p.m. A public reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the CinéLab, followed by Ponsoldt’s public conversationabout a life and career in the arts and humanities with Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center, at 5:30. All events are free and open to the public.Books by Tharp, McMurtry,Bogdanovich and more will be available from Avid Bookshop.James Ponsoldt was raised in Athens, and received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University as well as an M.F.A. in directing from Columbia University. His films include The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour, The Circle, Smashed, and Off the Black. Films that James has written and/or directed have won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival, been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards, and been honored by the National Board of Review. James directed the pilot for the Netflix series “Master of None,” co-wrote the graphic novel Refresh, Refresh (selected by Alison Bechdel for BestAmerican Comics), and is developing films with Disney, A24, Fox, and Plan B.

Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:00am

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