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Meet the Filmmaker: Aviva Slesin

Meet the Filmmaker: Aviva Slesin
“Directed by William Wyler”
Date: Monday, March 22, 2010
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current membership
Directed by William Wyler is an intimate film portrait of the life and career of one of Hollywood's most skilled and renowned directors. From silent pictures to talkies, from westerns to adaptations of classic novels and Broadway plays, William Wyler left a body of work that documents Hollywood's coming of age. Over a span of 50 years, he made some of the best loved movies of all time, including Dodsworth, Jezebel, Wuthering Heights, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, Ben Hur and Funny Girl. Currently, he has more films (9) in the National Film Registry than any other director. This 58-minute documentary is both a tribute and a memoir. It was initiated and produced by Catherine Wyler, one of the director's daughters, and directed and edited by Aviva Slesin, Supplementing Wyler's own reminiscences (he was interviewed just a week before he died) are recollections by Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier, Billy Wilder, Ralph Richardson, Audrey Hepburn, John Huston, Greer Garson, Barbra Streisand and Lillian Hellman, among others.
Aviva Slesin is an accomplished, award-winning documentary filmmaker. She directed and edited Directed by William Wyler, a biography of the late Hollywood director, which aired on PBS on American Masters and was shown at the London, Venice, Sundance and New York Film Festivals in 1986. She won an Academy Award in 1988 for The Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table, and has also produced and directed many other documentaries that have all aired on PBS, TBS, or HBO. More recently Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During World War II was nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form in 2004. It tells the complex and emotional story of a small number of Jewish children who were saved from the Nazis by non-Jews who, at great personal risk, took them into their homes as an extraordinary act of human decency. Herself a former hidden child, Aviva was born in Lithuania and was hidden as a baby by a Lithuanian family during World War II. Currently Aviva is on the faculty at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches such courses as Master Class: Documentary Directors, Human Rights Through the Documentary Lens and Civil Rights Through the Documentary Lens.

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Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher


Mon, March 22, 2010
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10018