FAIRFIELD, CT – From the Fairfield Public Library: Join us this fall when we examine the work of independent film director John Sayles. Sayles entered American filmmaking in 1979 with his debut, Return of the Secaucus Seven. During the 70’s, these films were dubbed Art House Cinema. Today they’re known as Independent Cinema or “Indie.” Named independent, the genre and specifically the filmmaker, refuses financial assistance, input, or control from Hollywood. Sayles writes, directs and edits all of his films. His partner in life and work, Maggie Renzi, produces. John has directed 18 films as well as hit music videos for Bruce Springsteen. The series examines Sayles’ career arc with three important films, one each from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The films will be screened by Philip Bahr, reference librarian and film expert, on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 pm in the Rotary Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is requested.
Here is the schedule:
Saturday, October 14 – Matewan (1987)
Saturday, October 28 – Lone Star (1996)
Saturday, November 11 – Sunshine State (2002)
Bahr will introduce each film with a short presentation on independent filmmaking and a brief introduction
to the movie. Afterwards attendees are welcome to stay and discuss the film.
Reference Librarian Philip Bahr develops the DVD collection for the Library and posts regularly on the
Library’s “What We’re Watching” blog, which reviews film and television.
All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and
other programs, visit us online at: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256- 3160. Follow the Fairfield Public
Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.
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Originally published Sep 29, 2017.