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David Mamet on October 13th!

September 29, 2010

David MametAcclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and film and theatre director David Mamet will be making an appearance at the New School Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues) on Wednesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm to talk specifically about his life in film.

As a playwright, he is well known for the Pulitzer prize winning Glengarry Glen Ross (which has been adapted into a film), American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow. As a theatre director, he has recently directed Race and Life in the Theatre (which hits broadway in October and runs for 15 weeks) both written by himself. His plays are often trademarked with fast-paced, vulgar, and scathing dialogue which is now coined as “Mamet-speak.”

In film, he has written The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997), which were nominated for oscars, as well as The Untouchables (1987). He directed House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, Heist, and most recently, Redbelt. His directorial style is meticulously described in his book, On Directing Film, in which he states that filmmakers must be objective. He believes “meaning is found in juxtaposing cuts, and that when shooting a scene, the director should consistently follow the point of the scene. He doesn’t believe film should follow the protagonist or consist of visually beautiful or intriguing shots, but should be focused getting a point across in an essential and necessary way.” (David Mamet,

Being both a film and theatre major, I find this event personally exciting so I will be there. Hopefully, I’ll see some familiar faces! Tickets are $18 for the general audience and $12 if you are a member of the Museum of the Moving Image. Click HERE for more details on the event and to purchase tickets.

10/4 EDIT:

I was just informed that tickets will be $12 for Hunter students if you mention the school. Order tickets by calling 718.777.6800, or order online at Please mention your school name (or include in comments field, if online).

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