Screening followed by Q&A with Benny Safdie, co-director
with Benny Safdie
Thursday, July 16, 2020
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Uncut Gems was a critical favorite last year and Adam Sandler’s standout performance as a fast-talking, Jewish-American gambling addict who runs a jewelry store in the city’s Diamond District, won raves. Following a screening of this award-winning film, Benny Safdie, who directed this film with his brother Josh, will join Academy Fellows and other teachers for a Q&A.
Benny Safdie produces and writes films with his brother Joshua that have premiered at renowned international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, New York Film Festival and Sundance, and exhibited at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His films include Uncut Gems, Good Time, Heaven Knows What, Lenny Cooke, and Daddy Longlegs. The Safdie brothers have diverse practices that extend beyond time-based media. Safdie co-founded Mmuseumm with Joshua Safdie and Alex Kalman, a modern natural history museum situated in an elevator shaft in Cortlandt Alley that showcases contemporary artifacts.