John Sayles

JOHN SAYLES PERSONAL APPEARANCE AT THE

MADISON ART CINEMAS, THURS. NOV. 21

John Sayles will present his iconic historical movie on the coal field wars of the 1920’s in Matewan, West Virginia on Thursday November 21st at 7:45 pm at the Madison Art Cinemas.  The Madison Art Cinemas will screen a beautifully remastered version for Digital Cinema Projection (DCP) of Matewan, originally made for 35 mm film in 1987.  Mr. Sayles will avail himself for a post-screening Q & A.  This is a rare event and opportunity to see one of America’s most iconic movie directors presenting one of film history’s most revered historical movies; a riveting heartfelt experience from the heart and mind of a true master. 

Bio

John Sayles is a storyteller of renown.  Beloved among his 18 films are Eight Men Out, The Secret Of Roan Inish and Lonestar.  His scripts for Matewan and Lonestar were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.  Sayles has been honored by the NAACP, Writers Guild of America (WGA), Modern Language Association (MLA), American Studies Association (ASA) and American Historical Association (AHA) for his authentic depiction of history and community.  He is considered one of the godfathers of the US Independent Film Movement. 

Synopsis:

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper), a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson (James Earl Jones) and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and Matewan's vested interests so that justice and workers' rights need not take a back seat to squalid working conditions, exploitation and the bottom line.

What: Special screening of John Sayles’ Matewan with personal appearance and post-screening Q & A by John Sayles.

Where: Madison Art Cinemas, 761 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT (www.madisonartcinemas.com)

When: Thursday, November 21st at 7:45 pm

Click on the link below for NY Times’ film critic Vincent Canby’s review.

https://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/28/movies/film-john-sayles-s-matewan.html

Click link below for Matewan trailer. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCIoiHf_Lt4
 

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