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Rooftop Films, in partnership with Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), today announced upcoming programming for August as part of their summer drive-in festival at the Queens Drive-In location in New York City. As Rooftop Films continues to shift programming to the drive-in experience in light of the pandemic, they are proud to be able to continue providing jobs to the Queens and Brooklyn communities, while also providing entertainment and a safe gathering place for as many New Yorkers as possible.

The Queens Drive-In will kick off August 13th with a screening of IFC Films’ Tesla, directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Ethan Hawke; the documentary thriller The Last Out, directed by Sami Khan; the classic family favorite The Muppet Movie; the New York premiere of Summer White (Blanco de Verano), directed by Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson; the Academy Award-winning feature film Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller; David Osit’s documentary feature Mayor; and Stanley Kubrick’s enduring and visionary sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Free film screenings presented by Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will be held at the Queens Drive-In beginning in mid-August. The full schedule of Borough President Lee’s free screenings, and other details, will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets are now on sale for select upcoming screenings at the Queens and Brooklyn Drive-Ins on the Rooftop Films website. Tickets will be priced starting at $35 per car (up to 5 passengers per car). Members of the presenting organizations will receive a 15% discount. Doors will open each night around 7:30pm, events will begin at 8:30pm and end by 11:00pm.

Queens Drive-In, on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science; 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368
Brooklyn Drive-In, on the pier of The Brooklyn Army Terminal; 80 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220


Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Submissions open for 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the world’s most lucrative and prestigious literary prizes
Closing date 1 October

Each winner receives a career-changing prize of AED 750,000 (USD 204,000)

Submissions open across nine categories including Literature, Translation and Arab Culture in Other Languages

Authors, translators, publishers and universities may all nominate works

Previous winners include Dame Marina Warner (UK), Amin Maalouf (France), Banipal Magazine (UK), Professor Philip Kennedy (US), Institut du Monde Arab (France)

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes is now open for submissions. The award, which has been described as the “ the Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel prize ”, has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging
work from and about the Arab world.

Theater Resources Unlimited
August Panel via Zoom
Free Introduction to the
TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 5:00pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the August Panel, a free Introduction to the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program (PDMP) onThursday, August 20, 2020 via Zoom. The panel will be led by instructors Erin Craig of La Vie Productions; and Broadway producers Jane Dubin and Jennifer Isaacson. Reserve a spot on the event page at or by emailing - you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

From Bob Ost, executive director of TRU:"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being rescheduled while we wait for the all clear. To help bridge the gap of social distancing, this panel as well as the program itself, will be held virtually via Zoom. Email or reserve on our event page to be added to the invitation list and join our community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"
This free meet-and-greet info session is an opportunity to learn about TRU's premiere educational program, the Producer Development and Mentorship Program, the only ongoing theater production course to offer in-depth instruction from accomplished producers at an affordable price. Due to COVID, the entire course will be given virtually, and compressed into an every other week schedule starting end of September and running through early February. At this introductory evening, prospective applicants will have the opportunity to learn from and network with our commercial producer instructors, as well as meet and hear from successful program graduates.
Our basic Foundations Class will be taughtby R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions LLC (Austen's Pride, Mr Rickey Calls A Meeting, Into The Wild, In The Heights, Irena's Vow, Velocity of Autumn, High Fidelity, Stalking the Bogeyman, Beatsville, Right Before I Go ), and is open to all aspiring producers, artistic directors and self-producing artists. Our advanced Master Class will be taught by Broadway producers Jane Dubin (The Prom, Tony winning The Norman Conquests, Farinelli and the King, Bandstand, Peter and the Starcatcher and An American in Paris; plus
Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann) and Jennifer Isaacson (Moulin Rouge!, An American in Paris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris, ANN, The Norman Conquests; off-Broadway The 39 Steps, Beebo Brinker Chronicles). Master Class is open to graduates of Foundations Class, and a limited number of producers with a high level of experience and a specific project they are working on.

PDMP's purpose is to give members the knowledge and resources to become commercial theater producers, non-profit theater producers and/or self-producing artists. There may come a time in every theater artist's life when you need to self-produce a show and create your own opportunities, and PDMP aims to provide the tools for that occasion. The program teaches necessary skills such as developing a business plan, raising money, marketing and putting together creative production teams. For more information, here is the link to the full program description, and application.
For the upcoming term, and due to COVID isolation, both classes will meet virtually via Zoom, two nights every month for 5 months. The cost for Foundations is $295 for 10 sessions; Master Class costs $425 for 9 sessions, and has a highly competitive submission process. Inquire about discounts for college students and as well as financial aid for anyone in need of help. The informational session on August 20th is completely free. Reserve using the red ticketing box on the event page.

About the Panelists

R. ERIN CRAIG/La Vie Productions LLC | Since 1997, Erin and her company, La Vie Productions LLC, have helped to nurture and build new artists and new projects in theatre, film and music through their work as a General Manager, Production Manager, Marketing / Branding Consultant, Executive Producer and Producer. Current projects include: Austen's Pride: A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting, Academy, Village of Vale, Into The Wild, Right Before I Go. Previous projects include: The Exonerated, In The Heights, High Fidelity, Irena's Vow, Easter Mysteries (live film), Himself and Nora, Liberty: A Monumental Musical, Stalking the Bogeyman, Velocity of Autumn, How We Got Away With It (film); and with Houses On The Moon Theatre Company,The Assignment, DeNovo, The Santa Closet and gUN COUNTRY. Erin is a member of The Broadway League, The Off-Broadway League, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU).

JANE DUBIN is a Tony Award-winning producer and the President of Double Play Connections, a theatrical production and management company committed to supporting emerging artists and playwrights in the creation and development of new works. Jane is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute's 14-week (NYC) and O'Neill Center Intensive (CT) Producing Workshops and past Director of Theater Resources Unlimited's Producer Development Program, and current Director of the program's Master Class. Broadway/OB: The Prom (Best Musical - Drama Desk Award), Farinelli and the King (5 Tony nominations), starring Mark Rylance, Bandstand, An American in Paris on Broadway (4 TONY Awards), National Tour and in London, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Off Broadway and on Tour), Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour), winner of 5 TONY Awards; Ann, starring Holland Taylor (Lincoln Center); The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (London); The 39 Steps (OB, Tour); The Norman Conquests (TONY Award, Best Play Revival), Groundswell (the New Group), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (2008 GLAAD Media Award for Theatre). Other: OPA! at TBG Theatre (Best Commercial Production, MITF 2008), Take Me America (Best Musical, MITF 2007), Count Down, (Bank Street Theatre) and the one-woman show that started it all, MentalPause by Margaret Liston. Ms. Dubin is a full voting member of the Broadway League. She is co-President of the Board of Directors of Houses on the Moon Theater Company and a prior Board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. For two years she was co-curator of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center New Play Reading Series. She co-produced Hudson River Rising, presenting events for One Billion Rising (V-Day) 2013 and 2014 and was a member of the Grand Jury for New York Musical Festival's 2015 - 2019 seasons.

JENNIFER ISAACSON is a two-time Tony Award winning producer. She is currently the Executive Producer for WalkRunFly, a production company co-founded by Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon. WalkRunFly has several new musicals and a TV series in development. WalkRunFly is also partnered with International Theatre Fund as a co-producer on Moulin Rouge! on Broadway. Broadway producing credits include: An American in Paris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris, Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, ANN: The Ann Richards Play starring Holland Taylor, and The Norman Conquests. Off-Broadway producing credits include: The 39 Steps and Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Prior to joining WalkRunFly, Jennifer was a producer with Harriet Leve Productions where she was part of many critically acclaimed productions including The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, La Cage Aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer, and A Little Night Music starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury. Jennifer co-founded the Broadway Women's Alliance, a community supporting, connecting, and empowering women on the business side of Broadway. Jennifer also serves as a board member of Houses on the Moon, a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to amplifying unheard voices. Jennifer is a member of the steering committee for Maestra, a not-for-profit community providing support and visibility for the women who make the music in the musical theater industry.

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A film by Justine Triet (In Bed with Victoria)
Opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, September 11 at Film at Lincoln Center and Laemmle's Virtual Cinemas

Starring Virginie Efira (In Bed with Victoria, Elle), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent),
Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann), Laure Calamy (Call My Agent), and Niels Schneider (Heartbeats)

Official selection: 2019 New York Film Festival’s Main Slate
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Official selection: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Director Justine Triet and cast are available for select interviews

Music Box Films is proud to announce that French director Justine Triet’s darkly comic psychodrama SIBYL, a selection of the Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, September 11 at Film at Lincoln Center and Laemmle's Virtual Cinemas, followed by other top markets throughout the US.

Sibyl (Virginie Efira), a jaded psychotherapist, abruptly decides to leave her practice to return to her first passion: writing. But her newest patient Margot (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be a source of inspiration that is far too tempting. Fascinated to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes increasingly involved in Margot’s tumultuous life while negotiating her own demons.

In her second collaboration with rising star Virginie Efira, writer-director Justine Triet has created heroines of intense complexity, seamlessly intertwining past and present while maintaining a delicate balance between drama and acidic farce.

Justine Triet graduated from Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Following documentary and narrative short films, she made her debut feature with La Bataille de Solférino (Age of Panic), which earned her a César nomination for Best First Film. Her second feature, In Bed with Victoria, starring Virginie Efira, opened the 2016 Cannes Critics’ Week and received five César nominations including Best Film and Best Actress. SIBYL is her third feature.

"Justine Triet's second highly pleasurable collaboration with actress Virginie Efira is a witty, slinky psychodrama… Seals the arrival of Efira … A first-class leading lady of consistently expanding range and élan — with the emotional honesty and deadpan pluck to pull off the more outrageous character turns." - Guy Lodge, Variety

Running time: 101 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Not rated.

Directed by Justine Triet. Written by Justine Triet and Arthur Harari. Cinematography by Simon Beaufils. Edited by Laurent Sénéchal. Produced by David Thion and Philippe Martin. A Music Box Films release.






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