Writing a Life in Film with A.O. Scott, Mark Harris, and Annette Insdorf- Livestream


Sunday December 11

Time (Eastern Time)

2:30 PM  –  3:30 PM

A.O. Scott, Mark Harris, and Annette Insdorf have spent their careers dedicated to writing about films that often engage with Jewish topics, including the Holocaust. Their criticism and writing help shape our understanding of these Jewish contributions to film and movies. In this roundtable discussion, the panelists will discuss their life's work including Harris's new biography Mike Nichols: A Life, Insdorf's book Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust and Scott's Better Living Through Criticism. 

A.O. Scott has been a film critic at The New York Times for more than twenty years, reviewing thousands of movies and writing essays on cinema, literature, and many other subjects. His book, Better Living Through Criticism, was published by Penguin in 2015. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. 

Mark Harris is the author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, and Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. A graduate of Yale University, Harris lives in New York City with his husband Tony Kushner. 

Annette Insdorf is a Professor of Film at Columbia University's School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular "Reel Pieces" series at Manhattan's 92Y, where she has interviewed almost 300 film celebrities. She is the author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francis Truffant, a study of the French director's work; Philip Kaufman; and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, currently in its fourth printing.