Category Archives: CONVERSATION

EMERALD FENNELL AND CAREY MULLIGAN IN CONVERSATION

It could only be her. Carey is… just famously good and she chooses so carefully and she’s really always kept to her own journey in terms of what she picks. She’s very private, which makes quite an enigmatic actress. I really wanted somebody who wasn’t going to come and make her a kick-ass superhero comic book character. I wanted her to be the stillness at the center of it all. She was my dream person. — Emerald Fennell

Film Independent Presents will host a members’ screening of Fennell ’s remarkable debut feature PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, as well as a Q & A with the writer-director joining the film’s star Carey Mulligan.

And the American Cinematheque has added an online Q & A as well, which Bo Burnham will join. A free PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN screener link is available now with this event, while supplies last.

For information on all the events, VOD streaming, and Film Independent membership, see the links below.

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Focus Features

Written and directed by Emerald Fennell.

Film Independent Presents

Wednesday and Thursday, January 13 and 14.

Streams for 48 hours.

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is streaming on demand from January 15.

EMERALD FENNELL and CAREY MULLIGAN Q & A

Film Independent Presents

Friday, January 15.

Noon on the West Coast; 3 pm East Coast; 8 pm London; 9 pm Paris.

EMERALD FENNELL, CAREY MULLIGAN and BO BURNHAM Q & A

American Cinematheque

Saturday, January 23.

1 pm on the West Coast; 4 pm East Coast; 9 pm London; 10 pm Paris.

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman (2020), from top: Carey Mulligan; Bo Burnham and Mulligan; Alison Brie and Mulligan; Laverne Cox; Mulligan (2); Sam Richardson and Mulligan; Molly Shannon and Mulligan; Adam Brody; Mulligan. Images courtesy and © Focus Features.

ROBERT JONES JR. AND BRIT BENNETT

I had read tons of literary works and yet could find none where Black queer love was front and center, or present in the cultural or historical landscape prior to the Harlem Renaissance of the 20th century. Where I did find references, it was only in the context of sexual assault or some other form of depravity. And my question was: What about love?Robert Jones, Jr.

Join Robert Jones, Jr., and Brit Bennett in conversation as they discuss Jones’ debut novel The Prophets.

This Crowdcast event is hosted by Charis Books & More, outside Atlanta. See link below to register.

ROBERT JONES, JR., IN CONVERSATION WITH BRIT BENNETT

A Charis Virtual Event

Tuesday, January 12.

4:30 pm on the West Coast; 7:30 pm East Coast.

From top: Robert Jones Jr., photograph by Alberto Vargas, courtesy and © the author, the photographer, and G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Brit Bennett, photograph by Emma Trim, courtesy and © the author and the photographer; Jones, The Prophets, cover image courtesy and © G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Bennett, The Vanishing Half, cover image courtesy and © Riverhead Books.

KATE WINSLET AND FRANCIS LEE IN CONVERSATION

It’s about how we choose to love and how that can end up defining who we are. Pushing romance is not a part of the narrative at all; it’s about subtlety and nuance. — Kate Winslet, on AMMONITE

Join Winslet and AMMONITE writer-director Francis Lee for a Q & A, moderated by Alex Cohen. Your RSVP confirmation will include a free screener link to the film. See link below for details.

AMMONITE—Q & A WITH KATE WINSLET and FRANCIS LEE

Neon and American Cinematheque

Saturday, January 9.

10 am on the West Coast; 1 pm East Coast; 6 pm London; 7 pm Paris.

Francis Lee, Ammonite (2020), from top: Saoirse Ronan (left) and Kate Winslet; Francis Lee with Winslet, photograph by Agatha A. Nitecka / RÅN Studio; Ammonite poster; Winslet and Ronan. Images courtesy and © Neon.

TANIA BRUGUERA PANEL

On the 27th of November, 2020, more than 300 artists, intellectuals, and Cuban citizens presented themselves at the Ministry of Culture to demand the government follow through on their supposed commitment to freedom and civil rights. This protest came as a result of police violence exerted the previous day against members of the San Isidro Movement—an activist group who over the course of the past few years has been vocal in demanding greater freedom of expression in Cuba. Using social media as a tool to bring awareness to their cause, they have sparked renewed attention and urgency in calling for an end to government censorship and repression against all artists, intellectuals, and activists in Cuba. This community adopted the name 27N and together have staged peaceful protests asking for freedom of artistic expression in the face of government repression.*

This week, MOCA Los Angeles will host a virtual panel with artist and activist Tania Bruguera and other members of the 27N. See link below to register.

PANEL WITH TANIA BRUGUERA

MOCA x 27N

Thursday, January 7.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

From top: Tania Bruguera poster image—with quote by José Martí—courtesy and © the artist; Bruguera, Poetic Justice, 2002–2003; Bruguera, The Francis Effect, 2014; Bruguera, Tatlin’s Whisper # 6, 2009; 27N in Havana, photograph by Reynier Leyva Novo, courtesy and © the photographer and 27N. Artwork images © Tania Bruguera, courtesy of the artist.

ELLIS HAIZLIP — MR. SOUL !

He did an entire show that was dedicated to Black women. It featured artists, like the dancer Carmen de Lavallade, and poets like Nikki Giovanni, Jackie Earley, Sonia Sanchez, and Mari Evans. It was unheard of to have a show dedicated to poets, let alone female poets. Carolyn Franklin, the sister of Aretha Franklin, was on the show. People who really know soul music are aware that she was one of the best singers of our time. Of course, rest in peace, Aretha, but she was not on the show, her sister was… [Ellis Haizlip] was an openly gay African American man who saw the struggle and wanted to make sure they had a voice. — Melissa Haizlip

To celebrate the ongoing success of her remarkable documentary MR. SOUL!—the story of producer and host Ellis Haizlip and his groundbreaking PBS television series Soul!—filmmaker Melissa Haizlip (Ellis’ niece) and the Museum of Tolerance present a watch party and post-screening discussion with Giovanni, Blair Underwood, and Doug Blush, moderated by Harvard professor Sarah Elizabeth Lewis.

See link below to register.

MR. SOUL WATCH PARTY and Q & A

Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles.

Tuesday, December 29.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

MR. SOUL!

Directed by Melissa Haizlip.

Now streaming.

Melissa Haizlip, Mr. Soul! (2020), from top: Ellis Haizlip, photograph by Ivan Curry; Nikki Giovanni on Soul!; Amiri Baraka (right) with Haizlip on the show, photograph by Chester Higgins; the J. C. White Choir with Haizlip, photograph by Alex Harsley; Mr. Soul! poster; Patti LaBelle performs on Soul!; the show’s director Stan Lathan (far left), cameraman, Haizlip, and Melvin Van Peebles (facing television camera), photograph by Higgins; Melissa Haizlip. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the photographers, and Shoes In the Bed Productions.