UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice.
Mary Harron, the School of Media Studies' 2020 Spring Hirshon Director-in-Residence, will present her film Charlie Says and discuss the film and her work in conversation with Vladan Nikolic, Dean of the School of Media Studies.
One of the most distinctive voices of the independent film movement of the last twenty years, Mary Harron made her debut as a feature-film writer / director in 1996 with I Shot Andy Warhol in 1996. The film won star Lili Taylor a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and garnered Independent Spirit Award and London Film Critic Circle nominations for best first feature. This was followed by American Psycho in 2000, starring Christian Bale, The Notorious Bettie Page in 2006 and The Moth Diaries in 2011. Her most recent film Charlie Says, debuted in September 2018 at the Venice film festival and was released in Spring 2019. Harron has also directed some highly distinguished TV dramas, including episodes of The L Word, Oz and Six Feet Under, as well as the entire award winning Netflix series Alias Grace.
Throughout her work, Harron has been investigating stories about women in history, particularly the twentieth century, and how their lives have changed dramatically, depending on which era they came of age.
Charlie Says shows how Kathleen Faith, a writer, feminist, scholar, and human rights activist, as a young graduate student in the 1970s, helped the Manson women Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten, incarcerated at the California Institution for Women, come to understand the magnitude of their crimes, and eventually renounce Charles Manson. The film is based on Ms. Faith’s book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Housen and The Family, by Ed Sanders.
The Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence program was established by the late New School trustee Dorothy Hirshon, to honor and promote excellence and education of the filmmaking arts at The New School. In addition to the public screening and talk, Mary Harron will also hold master classes for New School students.
The public screening is free and open to all. Registration required.