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Le Moyne College and Syracuse International Film Festival Host Charlie Kaufman Film Fest

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College and the Syracuse International Film Festival will host a mini film fest on the work of Charlie Kaufman in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne campus the weekend of May 4-6.

Screenwriter of the Academy Award-winning “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) and the Oscar-nominated “Adaptation” (2002) and “Being John Malkovich” (1999), Charlie Kaufman has won wide acclaim for creating inventive, elaborately surreal scenarios in which he composes unexpectedly nuanced portraits of the emotional lives of his characters -- people who are deeply flawed and also profoundly compelling.

The mini-fest, celebrating in part the recent publication of “The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman” edited by David LaRocca, will explore Kaufman's unique combination of fabulation and emotional realism. Each screening will be accompanied by a talk on an aspect of Kaufman’s work.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Grewen Auditorium, Grewen Hall
Screening of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)
"Remembering Remarriage in ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’"
William Day, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry's bittersweet, time-hopping romantic comedy stars Jim Carrey as a man who, upon learning that free-spirited girlfriend Kate Winslet has undergone an experimental procedure to have all memories of their time together erased from her mind, agrees to the same treatment . . . only to regret his decision. Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, and Elijah Wood also star. Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay (2005).

Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Grewen Auditorium
Screening of “Synecdoche, New York” (2008)
"The Anxiety of Autobiography: Names, Narratives, and the Invention of 'Something Big and True and Tough' in ‘Synecdoche, New York’"
David LaRocca, Writer-in-Residence, The New York Public Library and Fellow, The Moving Picture Institute of New York

Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut twists and subverts form and language as he delves into the mind of a man who, obsessed with his own mortality, sets out to construct a massive artistic enterprise that could give some meaning to his life. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, and Dianne Wiest. Nominated for Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival (2008).

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.
Grewen Auditorium, Grewen Hall
Screening of “Being John Malkovich” (1999)
"The Instructive Impossibility of Being John Malkovich"
Garry Hagberg, James H. Ottaway Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy, Bard College

In Charlie Kaufman's first full-length screenplay, puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a large office building. One day, while rummaging behind a cabinet, he finds a portal that leads literally into the head of the actor John Malkovich (played by, yes, John Malkovich). Also starring Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener. Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (2000).

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4514.

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posted on: 4/24/2012