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“Queen of Versailles” screening w/ Lauren Greenfield & Tom Hurwitz, ASC

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Please join us on Thursday, February 21st at the SVA Theater (Beatrice) for a special screening of Queen of Versailles, followed by a discussion with the film’s director Lauren Greenfield and the cinematographer (and SocDoc professor) Tom Hurwitz, ASC.

This event is sponsored by Canon and the MFA SocDoc Department. It is free and open to the public (while tickets last).


Credit: Roxanne Lowit LAUREN GREENFIELD (Director/Photographer)Acclaimed documentary photographer/filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, as a result of her monographs “Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” “THIN” and other photographic works, which have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world.Her latest feature-length documentary film, “The Queen of Versailles” was selected as the Opening Night film of Sundance 2012 where it won the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

The Queen of Versailles was acquired by Magnolia Pictures on the first night of Sundance and went on to box office success and critical acclaim, winning the richest prize in Australia, the Brisbane International Film Festival BIFFDOC Prize, and garnering nominations for Best Documentary by the International Documentary Association, Critics Choice, and the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Most recently, The Directors Guild of America nominated “The Queen of Versailles” for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2012.  It was named on many Top Ten Films of the Year lists, including the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Art Forum, and New York Newsday.

In addition to “The Queen of Versailles,” Lauren has previously directed three award-winning documentary films – “THIN,” “kids + money,” and “Beauty CULTure.” “THIN” was selected for the Official Competition at Sundance in 2006, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Direction, and received the prestigious John Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival in 2006.  “kids + money,” also selected for the Official Shorts Program at Sundance 2008, won several Best Documentary Awards (AFI, Ann Arbor, Gold Hugo), and was selected as one of the top five nonfiction shorts by Cinema Eye Honors 2009.  “Beauty CULTure” was commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation and was the centerpiece of the record-setting exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in which she was a featured artist (Summer 2011), which received the Lucie Award for Exhibition of the Year (2011).  Greenfield’s THIN and Girl Culture museum exhibitions have been seen by a half million people in over thirty venues around the world. Since 2007, she has also directed commercials with Chelsea Pictures.

Greenfield has been named one of the 25 most influential photographers working today ((American Photo).  Her work appears regularly in the New York Times Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, and GQ, and was showcased in the Getty Museum’s historical exhibition, “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties” (2010).  In 2009, she and her husband, Frank Evers, founded the Institute for Artist Management, representing some of the world’s best documentary photographers from around the world.  Greenfield and Evers live in Venice, California with their two children.

TOM HURWITZ, ASC (Cinematographer)Tom Hurwitz, ASC is one of America’s most honored documentary cinematographers. Winner of two Emmy Awards, the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography, Hurwitz has photographed films that have won 4 academy awards and several more nominations (most recently for Dancemaker and Killing in the Name). His television programs have won literally dozens of awards, Emmy, Dupont, Peabody, Directors Guild and film festival awards for Best Documentary, over the last 25 years — most recently were Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Specials for the PBS show Jerome Robbins and the PBS series Franklin, on which Hurwitz directed the photography.

Other award-winning films and programs that he has photographed include: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Harlan County USA, Wild Man Blues, My Generation, Down and Out in America, The Turandot Project, Liberty, Dolley, Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, for PBS; and I Have a Dream, for ABC; and Killing in the Name, and Questioning Faith for HBO. In addition, films that he has directed have won the Cine Golden Eagle (for Bombs will Make the Rainbow Break) and have been shown in festivals around the world. He is also a founding member of the faculty of The MFA Program in the Social Documentary, at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Tom was born in 1947 and reared in New York City, attending private schools and then doing his undergraduate work at Columbia University with majors in English and Religion. With the exception of five years in California in the 1970′s, h

is base has been his beloved New York. He is married to Margaret Klenck, a Jungian psychoanalyst and president of the Jungian Psychoanalytical Association, with whom he has one son, Nicholas. He has two daughters, Mekea and Anya, from a previous marriage.

Apart from his film career and his time with family, Tom functions as a seminary-trained liturgist, and a verger at New York’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, helping to oversee weekly services and the great holiday liturgies of the world’s largest gothic church.

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