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Virtual Cocktails with Mary Harron
4-18-20 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Join acclaimed writer/director Mary Harron and WIM Executive Director Tema Staig as they talk American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol, the punk rock movement, upcoming horror series The Expecting for Quibi, and so much more. Pajamas to punk rock… any garb is acceptable as long as you can hang.
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One of the most distinctive voices of the independent film movement of the last twenty years, Mary Harron made her debut as a feature-film writer / director in 1996 with I Shot Andy Warhol in 1996. The film won star Lili Taylor a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and garnered Independent Spirit Award and London Film Critic Circle nominations for best first feature. This was followed by American Psycho in 2000, starring Christian Bale, The Notorious Bettie Page in 2006 and The Moth Diaries in 2011. Her most recent film Charlie Says, debuted in September 2018 at the Venice film festival and was released in Spring 2019.
Harron was born in Bracebridge, Ontario and grew up in Canada, the US, Italy and England. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University. Before working in film, Harron was a rock journalist. In New York in the late1970s she helped start PunkMagazine, was the first to interview the Ramones and Talking Heads and was the first writer from an American publication to interview the Sex Pistols. Back in the UK she was a rock music critic for The Guardian, a theatre critic for The Observer and a television and rock critic for The New Statesman.
She began directing short films and documentaries in the UK for the BBC and Channel Four in the late 1980s. In the US she has directed episodes of many acclaimed television series including Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, The L Word, Six Feet Under and Big Love, as well as the TV movie Anna Nicole. In 2017 she directed all six episodes of the award winning Netflix series Alias Grace, adapted by Sarah Polley from the novel by Margaret Atwood.
Mary has just directed a psychological horror series The Expecting for the Quibi streaming service, to be released in Spring 2020.
Her next project is a film on the last years of Salvador Dali, written with her husband, writer/director John C. Walsh.
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