BSFC Press Release - January 23, 2009
BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS ANNOUNCES AWARDS CEREMONY
Loren King, President
Tom Meek, Event Coordinator
PRODUCER OF OSCAR-NOMINATED MAN ON WIRE FEATURED AT BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS CEREMONY
MAUREEN A. RYAN TO DISCUSS THE MAKING OF ACCLAIMED FILM FEBRUARY 8 AT THE BRATTLE THEATER
BOSTON — Maureen A. Ryan, a producer of the Oscar-nominated Man on Wire, which earned best documentary honors from the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC), will present the film and engage in a question-and-answer session with entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik and the audience at the BSFC’s second annual awards ceremony Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 7 p.m. the Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.
Tickets to the event are available to the public through the Brattle Theater. There will be a pre-event cocktail reception at 5 p.m. at Casablanca restaurant in Harvard Square.
Ryan’s appearance will be accompanied by a screening of Man on Wire, an award-winning documentary that weaves archival footage and interviews to recall how in 1974 a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. The documentary brings Petit’s extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.”
In addition to Man on Wire, Ryan’s producing credits include the feature documentary The Gates, about artists Christo and Jean-Claude as they created their installation piece in New York City’s Central Park. She also produced Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway and The Team, a feature documentary that follows the NYC-based U.S. homeless soccer team as they prepare to compete for the 1st Annual Homeless Soccer World Cup. Her other producing credits include the award-winning feature documentary Wisconsin Death Trip and the award-winning shorts Torte Bluma and Last Hand Standing. Her television credits include At the Ryman, The Road and Long Live the King: Country Salutes Elvis.
The ceremony will also honor several members of the Boston film community cited by BSFC for their contributions in 2008. Local awardees include Bo Smith,former film curator of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA); StefanieLubkowski, former MFA film program associate; Kelly Teer, outgoing manager of the MFA auditorium for film exhibition; Joe Zina, former executive director of the Coolidge Corner Theatre; Paul Sherman, author of “Big Screen Boston: From Mystery Street to the Departed and Beyond” and Steve Livernash, longtime projectionist for the Harvard Film Archive.
The BSFC’s first awards ceremony in 2008 featured Frank Langella, named best actor by BSFC for Starting Out in the Evening. This year, Langella has been nominated for an Oscar as best actor for Frost/Nixon. During his acceptance speech at the Brattle, Langella entertained an enthusiastic crowd with anecdotes about his career and introduced the film.
Formed in 1981, the BSFC is made up of 20 professional film critics working in the print and broadcast media in and around Boston. Besides Kulhawik, this year’s presenters include longtime BSFC member and Boston Phoenix writer Gerald Peary, who is celebrating his 30th year as a nationally recognized film scholar and critic. Visit the BSFC website at www.thebsfc.org for more information on the organization and for a complete list of winners.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit the Brattle Theatre website at www.brattlefilm.org.
Event sponsors are the Massachusetts Film Bureau, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix and The Weekly Dig.