Fall 2018

Past Events

September 15, 2018


Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027


Image courtesy of Park Circus/MGM Studios

1979/1982 / 92 min

Director & Screenwriter: Joan Micklin Silver, based on the novel by Ann Beattie

Cast:  John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Riegert, Kenneth McMillan, Gloria Grahame


Screening followed by Q&A with director Joan Micklin Silver; producers Griffin Dunne, Mark Metcalf, and Amy Robinson; and actors Mary Beth Hurt and Peter Riegert.


One of independent cinema’s greatest comebacks, this off-beat romantic comedy-drama was originally distributed by United Artists with a different ending under the more “commercial” title Head Over Heels, and then promptly forgotten. But the acting-producing troika of Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, and Mark Metcalf — who had developed the film with writer-director Joan Micklin Silver from Ann Beattie’s novel — refused to give up on it. When the movie performed well in exactly one market, Boston, they parlayed that extended run into a campaign to get UA to re-release the film properly. Ira Deutchman and his colleagues at United Artists Classics took up the cause, and three years after its initial release, with its original title and its original (less upbeat) ending, the film went on to find its true audience.  


This screening is part of NY Indie Guy: Ira Deutchman and the Rise of Independent Film


On September 14-16 and September 20-23, 2018, Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts will host a retrospective exhibit honoring the career of Film Professor and Producing Concentration Supervisor Ira Deutchman. Since 1975, Deutchman has been a leader in distributing, marketing, and producing American independent films, international films, and arthouse films. He is perhaps best known for founding and running the distribution companies Cinecom, Fine Line Features, and Emerging Pictures. Deutchman has taught at Columbia since 1987.  


This retrospective will screen essential motion pictures from various points in Deutchman’s career, such as The Brother From Another PlanetDivaHarlan County USA; sex, lies, & videotapeSwoon; and A Woman Under the Influence. Many showings will feature Q&A talkbacks with filmmakers or performers. The celebration will also include panel discussions and an extensive exhibit covering Deutchman’s impact on cinema.  


All screenings and panels will take place in the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129th St., New York.  All films will be accompanied by either an introduction or a Q&A session.


Tickets:  $12 General Admission / $10 Seniors (65 and older) / $8 Students

Package:  $40 for five films

Advance ticket sales available online only

Day-of-screening ticket sales available on-site, pending availability

All panels are ticketed, but free of charge

There will be a student rush line for all screenings*




The Art House Convergence

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

Film and Media Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University

The University of Michigan Library


*FREE CU Student Rush for students with a current CUID: A Student Rush Line will form 30 minutes prior to each screening in the Lenfest lobby, and valid student CUID holders will be admitted beginning 10 minutes prior to each screening, pending availability. The number of available student rush seats will vary for each screening and are not guaranteed. To secure a guaranteed seat for any screening, discounted $8 student tickets are available in advance.
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