Kevin Spacey in NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage

“I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”

The Bard’s greatest villain might very well be Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, a morally bankrupt and loathsome wretch who rises to the throne through manipulation, cunning and a whole lot of treachery in “Richard III.” It’s one of the most violent and deliciously melodramatic of Shakespeare’s plays, and makes for one heck of a role for a great actor — one like, say, Kevin Spacey.

Spacey and his “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes reunited over a decade after collaborating on their Oscar-winning film to do a stage production of “Richard III.” Not just any stage production, mind you — 20 cast members of the Bridge Project Company traveled across three continents for over 200 performances, from London’s Old Vic Theatre, through the Arabian Desert, across the Great Wall of China, to the ancient Greek amphitheatre Epidavros and finally to Brooklyn, New York, where they performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage” gives a look behind the curtain (sometimes literally) of this huge, “all guns blazing” production, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the extensive rehearsal process and a chance to see Spacey and his cast members in action.

Kevin Spacey in 'Now: In the Wings on a World Stage'

Kevin Spacey in ‘Now: In the Wings on a World Stage’

While Spacey and Mendes first collaborated on the 5-time Oscar winner “American Beauty,” there’s actually very little Lester Burnham in Richard. The deformed king shares more in common with the star’s recent turn as Francis Underwood, the power-hungry Congressman who rises in the ranks at the White House through manipulation, lies and, yes, homicide on Netflix’s “House of Cards” (Richard even talks directly to the audience, too). Spacey also has Richard walk with a limp, something he utilized in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Roger “Verbal” Kint in “The Usual Suspects” (1995).

“NOW” — named after the first line of the play (“Now is the winter of our discontent”) and to emphasize the sense of immediacy that comes from live theater — showcases Spacey’s command of the stage as he flips over tables, seethes with anger and indignation and even engages in swordplay. The trailer also features him delivering one of Richard’s most famous lines as he starts to realize that he might very well be doomed: “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” (Act V, scene IV)

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Richard III.” Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since both won Academy Awards® for their work on American Beauty.

ABOUT MY NEW EXCLUSIVE FILM

I have quietly been working on this 90 minute feature for the last few years. The film chronicles my latest collaboration with Sam Mendes; a stage production of “Richard III.” It had been more than a decade since we worked together on American Beauty, when the opportunity arose for Sam and I to take this theatre production on tour to 12 cities around the world with him as director, and myself as the tyrannical Richard III.

NOW is a close, backstage look at the total experience of being an actor and what it takes to form a company – from rehearsing every day and beginning to create a role with your director, crew and fellow actors to going on tour and spending a year together on the road in many different cultures and countries.

There are a multitude of challenges that come with being in a new theatre in an unknown city every few weeks. There were some tears, but also a lot of laughs. Sharing these unforgettable moments as well as practicing our craft across three continents over ten months time brought us together as a family.

Our journey took us from London to the deserts of Doha, across the Great Wall of China, through Istanbul, Singapore, Sydney, Naples, San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong and ultimately brought us to New York City.

We called the film NOW not only because it is the first word of the first sentence of “Richard III” (“Now is the winter of our discontent”), but also because it illustrates how the film puts you in the present tense, into the live moment onstage and brings the audience on the journey alongside us.

This is the first feature film directed by my longstanding friend and collaborator, Jeremy Whelehan. Jeremy’s unique eye and background in theatre allowed him to blend into the company and because of this he was able deliver an intimate, honest and revealing film of our shared experiences.

Our production of “Richard III” was part of a larger endeavor called The Bridge Project which was born from mine and Sam’s love of the living theatre. As Sam puts it: “The idea behind The Bridge Project was born out of a simple desire: a wish for artists, collaborators, and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic to experience one another’s work, talent, and artistry in the theater.”

Our commitment to this 3-year project saw Sam direct five plays: Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” “As You Like It,” and “The Tempest,” as well as Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” What started out as our own passionate and idealistic project turned into a success beyond my highest hopes.

The artwork for NOW was kindly donated by a good friend of mine Jonathan Yeo (http://www.jonathanyeo.com) who is an incredible artist. He painted a portrait of me as Richard lll which hung at the National Gallery in London for a time.

I thank both Sam and the entire company of actors for giving Jeremy and his team such access to their experiences. I am also extremely grateful to all our partners throughout the world and to the audiences which came out and packed every theatre we played in for over ten months. I’ve made this film for my fans and for all those people who ask why the theatre means so much to me, and indeed to all actors. I hope this film might answer some of those questions.

NOW is in select USA theatres and available for download here May 2

Kevin

- See more at: http://www.kevinspacey.com/nowthefilm/#sthash.HRLIspyS.dpuf

Future Filmakers Festival

To highlight the diverse creative talent of Westchester’s teens, The Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, The Picture House and Westchester County are presenting the 2014 Future Filmmakers Film Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Picture House in Pelham. Drawing students from across the County, the Future Filmmakers Festival is a day-long event spotlighting short films from narrative, documentary, comedy, drama and musical categories, wholly created and produced by Westchester County high school students. The festival culminates with an awards ceremony when the “Chester” – Westchester’s Oscar – will be awarded to the top three film submissions. Festival submission guidelines require that students attend either an accredited Westchester County high school or bona fide County film program. Films cannot exceed 10 minutes and must be rated PG.

 

The Future Filmmakers Festival made its debut at The Picture House in 2009. After a short hiatus, while the historic theater underwent extensive renovations, the Festival returned with enthusiastic reception to The Picture House in 2013.

 

“We are so excited to be partnering with The Picture House and Westchester County for our third Future Filmmakers Festival,” said Dale Hisiger, Executive Director of the Matthew S. Hisiger Film Foundation and long-standing Board Member of The Picture House. “The Picture House’s strong education programs provide people of all ages with the opportunity to experience the art of cinema in a whole new way. And the Future Filmmakers Festival is yet another extension of this vibrant programming.”

 

Tickets will be available online at http://www.thepicturehouse.org/future-film-makers/ and at The Picture House box office on the day of the event; cost is $7/adults, $3/students, children under 5/free.

 

On Sunday, April 27, free parking is available on the street and at the Pelham Train station which is within walking distance of The Picture House.

Omar

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.

Omar (98 minutes)

Friday  6:30pm, 8:30pm

Saturday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm,  9:30pm

Sunday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm,  9:30pm

Monday  1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday- (plays in main hall at 8:30pm)

Thursday 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm

 

 

 

 

Gloria

Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair — until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever.

Friday 6:30, 9:00

Saturday 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Sunday 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Monday  8:00pm

Tuesday 2:30pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday  6:30pm

Thursday 6:00pm, 8:00pm

 

The Lego Movie

This original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Friday 12:15, 2:30pm, 4:30pm

Saturday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Sunday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Monday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Tuesday 5:00pm

Wednesday no showing

Thursday 1:00pm, 3:00pm

 

 

 

Earth Day Screening of Plastic Paradise

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

 

Please join us on Earth Day to watch and discuss this important film.

Plastic Paradise

April 22nd at 7:00pm
Special Event Earth Day Screening of
Plastic Paradise
In Conjunction with EcoPel

 

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The film is an award-winning one-hour documentary of Angela Sun’s journey to the Midway Atoll to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health. A brief audience discussion will follow. Appropriate for Middle School and older children. There will be a modest admission charge to benefit EcoPel and The Picture House.

The Wind Rises

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

Friday 6:30, 9:00

Saturday 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm

Sunday 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Tuesday 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

Wednesday 3:30pm, 6:00pm

Thursday 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm

 

 

Date Night

Back by popular demand, The Picture House, Meridian Risk Management and Joan Solimine Real Estate are pleased to present Date Night on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. As in the past, film-lovers throughout lower Westchester, the Bronx and surrounding communities were asked to vote for their favorite Date Night film at www.thepicturehouse.org/date-night from a ballot chosen by The Picture House’s Board of Directors. This year’s winner is the Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan classic When Harry Met Sally.

“The last Date Night at The Picture House was such a success that we knew we had to do it again,” said John Calvelli, Chair of the Board of Directors at The Picture House. “We encourage the community to go online and vote for their favorite films and look forward to a casual, fun-filled evening with friends, topped off with a champagne toast in the theater.”

To kick-off the evening, restaurants in lower Westchester and the Bronx will provide a 20 percent food discount to Date Night attendees.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS TO DATE (April 8, 2014)

PELHAM

Bistro Rollin and Caffe Regatta Oyster Bar and Grill

NEW ROCHELLE

Alvin & Friends, Modern Restaurant and Lounge and recologie

LARCHMONT

Palomino

YONKERS

Siena’s Trattoria located at 708 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers, NY (next to the Cross County Shopping Center)