PJFF Film: “By Sidney Lumet”

Film legend Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) reveals his life story in this never-before-seen interview shot in 2008. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet divulges what matters most to him as an artist and as a human being.

This fascinating documentary features compelling clips from Lumet’s prolific catalogue — 44 films made in 50 years — including “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “12 Angry Men,” “Network” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (“Afternoon of a Faun,” “The Loving Story”) combines these elements to create an authentic portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. “By Sidney Lumet,” an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, explores the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of this visionary director’s work. Lumet is first and foremost a storyteller, and his powerful moral tales capture the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling to uphold its values and ideals.

The guest speaker at this event is Andrew J. Douglas, consultant on film and director of education at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

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