Film Society of Lincoln Center to Present 'Ben Stiller Directs', 12/6 - 8
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today Ben Stiller Directs, December 6-8, a complete survey of actor-director-producer-writer Ben Stiller's work behind the camera. Following the world premiere of his new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, at the 51st New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Stiller's body of work as a director - one that happens also to include several of his greatest performances. Tickets are now on sale, visit Filmlinc.com.
"It goes without saying that Ben Stiller is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, as well as a fearless performer with a gift for turning anxiety into comedy and back again," said Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming. "But what doesn't get said often enough-and what we wanted to acknowledge with this retrospective-is that he has also long been an inventive, risk-taking filmmaker."
From the Generation X totem Reality Bites (1994) to the dark cult comedy The Cable Guy (1996) to the wild satires Zoolander (2001) and Tropic Thunder (2008), Stiller's work as a director reveals a sharp and distinctive comic vision, not to mention an unparalleled eye for the giddy pleasures and dark absurdities of popular culture.
Ben Stiller's acting credits include There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, The Royal Tenenbaums, Flirting with Disaster, Night at the Museum, Greenberg, and Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, which he is currently filming opposite Naomi Watts. He also co-created, with Judd Apatow, the Emmy Award-winning series The Ben Stiller Show. Following his first visit to Haiti with Save the Children in 2009, Stiller has been committed to raising money for schools in the country through his StillerStrong campaign, and more recently with The Stiller Foundation. In 2010, Stiller was recognized by Time Magazine for his philanthropic work as one of the TIME 100.
Tickets are now on sale. For The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, tickets are $20; $15 for Film Society members. For the other films screening in Ben Stiller Directs tickets are $10 and only $7 Students, Seniors (62+) as well as Film Society members. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for additional information.
FILMS, DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE
The Cable Guy
Ben Stiller, 35mm, USA, 1996; 96m
Stiller showed his flair for dark material with this wily, disturbing psychodrama about the sinister relationship between a creepy cable installer (Jim Carrey at his greatest) and an unsuspecting customer (Matthew Broderick, in a terrific straight-man performance). Writing in 2011 in The New York Times, Dave Kehr called this "a seminal film...for the striking new tone it helped to establish."
Sunday, December 8, 9:15pm
Ben Stiller, 35mm, USA, 1994; 99m
Winona Ryder leads a cast of Generation X-ers in Stiller's era-defining debut, a tender romantic comedy and a self-aware portrait of youthful aimlessness in the pop-culture-saturated 1990s. Co-starring Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn, and Janeane Garofalo.
Friday, December 6, 9:45pm
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller, USA, 2013; 125m
Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a dutiful son, a loyal friend, and a man who takes pride in his work as the photo editor of Life Magazine. He is also a compulsive fantasist who gets lost in heroic scenarios in which he saves the life of the co-worker he adores (Kristen Wiig) but who he can barely manage to speak to in reality. When the publication is bought out and a team of corporate hacks elects to go all digital, a legendary photographer (Sean Penn) entrusts Walter with the negative of an image he considers to be perfect for the final cover... that he loses. Walter embarks on a worldwide search for the photographer, which becomes a journey of self-discovery and a recovery of his buried dreams. From James Thurber's extremely short 1939 story, Stiller has created a quintessential tale about the irresistible allure of fantasizing.
Saturday, Dec 7, 6:30pm
*Director Ben Stiller in attendance.
Ben Stiller, USA, 2008; 107m
In Stiller's merciless, high-concept spoof of Hollywood narcissism, self-centered movie stars find themselves in the midst of actual armed conflict while shooting a big-budget Vietnam War epic. The all-star supporting cast includes a scene-stealing Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise, unrecognizable as a vulgar studio boss.
Sunday, December 8, 1:00pm
Ben Stiller, USA, 2001; 89m
In this delirious fashionista farce-reportedly a favorite of Terrence Malick's-Stiller plays the male model Derek Zoolander, world-renowned for his inventory of facial expressions (not least the career-making Blue Steel). Co-starring Owen Wilson as rival model Hansel and Will Ferrell as the evil designer Mugatu, Zoolander effortlessly bridges the gap between the ridiculous and the sublime.
Saturday, December 7, 9:30pm
*Director Ben Stiller in attendance.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of the moving image. Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year's most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, LatinBeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-vous With French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious "Chaplin Award." The Film Society's state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year round programs and the New York City film community.
The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stonehenge Partners, Stella Artois, illy café, the Kobal Collection, Trump International Hotel and Tower, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
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