STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford's Avon Theatre is working with Fairfield's Sacred Heart University to present a twice-monthly series of movies that include discussions afterward with professors from the school's film department.
The "Talk Back" series offers a selection of compelling and overlooked films based on relevant themes and is designed to engage the audience in discussion following each screening.
“Our new series will be much appreciated by many of our loyal members who especially enjoy the post-film dialogue during the Q & A sessions,” Louisa Greene, Avon director of development and marketing, said in a statement.
The theme of the upcoming films in February is "The Dark Side of Funny." Featured are "Lenny" on Feb. 5, about the iconic Lenny Bruce, and "Mr. Saturday Night" on Feb. 19, about the career of a fictional comedian, directed by Billy Crystal.
The films will be screened on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. twice a month. They are free and open to the public.
“I am very pleased that the Avon and Sacred Heart University have entered into this collaboration,” Michael Hveem, Avon executive director, said in a statement. “This new series fits squarely within the Avon's mission of providing educational access to the world of film”
The collection is curated by professors Justin Liberman and Damon Maulucci of the university's Film and Television Masters Program .
"It is crucial to have discussions and events where audience people can 'talk back.' Many of our great films are literary, they pose questions that reach far beyond the box office receipts,” Maulucci said in a statement.
For more information, visit the Avon Theatre website.