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THE REEL WOMEN IN FILM SERIES
September 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The REEL WOMEN IN FILM series
Presents the film Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray and a conversation with director KRISTI ZEA
The upstate New York chapter of Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) & The Berkshire International Film Festival (The BIFF) in partnership with The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio presents The Reel Women in Film series focusing the spotlight on women filmmakers and their films. Each evening presents a feature length film followed by a conversation with the women instrumental in its creation.
Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray. This film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Verité footage, home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, tell of Murray’s internal struggles and incredible ambition. Exclusive interviews with art world luminaries provide the historical backdrop for the New York art scene.
Elizabeth Murray moved to New York City in 1967. In 2005, almost forty years later, Murray was the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray traces Murray’s life, from years as a struggling single mother to having a bustling, growing family and thriving career. From her early 1960’s “funk-inflected pop” to her painterly minimalism in the 70’s, and on to her dynamic fractured canvases of the 1990s and 2000s, Murray worked without hesitation through – and often in spite of – market trends, historical movements and her failing health.
Murray’s paintings defy efforts at categorization. She broke convention, and made an indelible imprint on contemporary art. This film chronicles her remarkable journey from an impoverished childhood to artistic maverick, before she lost her life to cancer in 2007. Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray cements Murray’s legacy as one of the great painters of our time.
KRISTI ZEA (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER)
Kristi Zea has been in the contemporary film scene for three decades. Zea has been acclaimed for her work as a production designer, costume designer and producer of major feature films. She production designed Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (Academy Award Winner 1990), New York Stories (1989) and The Departed (Academy Award Winner 2006); Jonathan Demme’s Manchurian Candidate (2004), Beloved (1998), Philadelphia (Academy Award Winner 1993), Married to the Mob (1988) and Silence of the Lambs (Academy Award Winner 1991), as well as Neil Jordan’s The Brave One (2007); Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon (2002); Roger Michelle’s Changing Lanes (2002); Barry Levinson’s Sleepers (1996); and James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News (1987).
Zea costume designed Fame (1980), Shoot the Moon (1982), and Terms of Endearment (1983). She was nominated for an OSCAR and a BAFTA for her production design work on Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road (2008). Zea produced As Good As It Gets (1997) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the independent film The Joneses (2009) starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny. In 1997, she was nominated for an Ace Award as director of Domestic Dilemma (1990), part of the HBO series Women and Men 2. Most recently Zea production designed the series American Odyssey for NBC and Nancy Meyer’s The Intern.
Upstate Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media, energizing the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. UPWIFT is a volunteer based organization, reaching from the base of the Hudson Valley to the crown of the Capital District Region, and joining over 40 other Women in Film & Television chapters with 10,000 global members.
The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFFMA or “The BIFF”) is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires. BIFF showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films but also lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera.