Studio Screenings Focus on Acclaimed Writers

May 18, 2018

In conjunction with The Great American Read, THIRTEEN will host four free screening days at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, home to the PBS NewsHour Weekend, MetroFocus, and NYC-ARTS in New York City. The film screenings take place monthly from July through October.

Screenings will feature documentaries from THIRTEEN’s acclaimed American Masters series focused on authors and novels from The Great American Read’s most-loved novels list. There will be two screenings each day, with lunchtime showings at 1pm and evening screenings at 7pm. American Masters filmmakers and producers will be present at some showings. Stop by for a viewing  and to cast your vote for your favorite book on the The Great American Read list. . . you may even end up on THIRTEEN! Doors open 20 minutes before the screening and seating is first-come, first-served.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018:
American Masters Harper Lee: Hey Boo
With Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy

Location: Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, 
130 West 66th Street, SW Corner of Broadway, 
New York, NY 10023
Times: 1 and 7pm

Enjoy a free screening of the American Masters film Harper Lee: Hey Boo, focused on the author of The Great American Read novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The documentary offers an unprecedented look at Lee’s life, illuminates the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the Oscar®-winning 1962 film adaptation, and discusses Nelle Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman. Director Mary McDonagh Murphy will be available for a talkback following the 1pm screening.

Revisit issues and themes in To Kill a Mockingbird with this reading guide. Learn more about Harper Lee, the filmmaker and fellow authors’ interpretation of her work on the American Masters site.

Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (left), with Harper Lee (center) and Lee’s friend Joy Brown (right) on June 30, 2015. Credit: 2015 Mary Murphy Company LLC

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018:
Conversations with Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
with American Masters film Excerpts ft. Amy Tan and Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Location: Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, 
130 West 66th Street, SW Corner of Broadway, 
New York, NY 10023
Times: 1 and 7pm

Join us in the afternoon or evening for special conversations with American Masters filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, featuring excerpts from past and future American Masters films The Boomers List and Toni Morrison: American Master, focused on Amy Tan and Toni Morrison, authors of The Great American Read novels The Joy Luck Club and Beloved. Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders will be available at both screenings to discuss his work on these iconic authors. Morrision is a legendary Nobel laureate whose career includes 11 novels, non-fiction books and plays, as well editing iconic African American figures.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018:
American Masters: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
With Filmmaker Karen Thorsen

Location: Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, 
130 West 66th Street, SW Corner of Broadway, 
New York, NY 10023
Times: 1 and 7pm

The American Masters film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket explores the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist, and asks what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted, and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Baldwin, author of The Great American Read novel Another Country, tells his own story in this emotional portrait. Director Karen Thorsen will be available for a talkback following both screenings. Learn more about Baldwin and the filmmaker on the American Masters site.

Friday, October 12, 2018:
American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
With Filmmakers Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen

Author Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888).

Author Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888).

Location: Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, 
130 West 66th Street, SW Corner of Broadway, 
New York, NY 10023
Times: 1 and 7pm

The American Masters film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women combines documentary and dramatic re-enactments focusing on the trailblazing author of The Great American Read novel Little Women. Alcott has a reputation as a morally upstanding New England writer, raised among reformers, iconoclasts, and Transcendentalists. The film also explores her democratic ideals and progressive values about women, and her secret career as author A.M. Barnard, writing pulp-fiction for years. Director Nancy Porter and Producer Harriet Reisen will be available for a talkback following both screenings. Learn more about the film and filmmakers on the American Masters site.