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Spirituality, Censure, and Silence: An Evening with Paul Schrader

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Join us as we welcome one of Hollywood’s greatest outliers in a discussion of cinematic style, vision, and future. Film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader has written screenplays for a renowned collection of films — including his partnerships with Martin Scorsese in Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) — and directed his own classics, including Blue Collar (1978), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Light Sleeper (1992), Affliction (1997), and  the Oscar-nominated First Reformed (2017). Using clips from his films, Schrader will tackle the familiar gravitas, private wounds, and spiritual crisis of his infamous characters, as well as discuss the difficulties and hurdles in making his personal vision come to the screen.

No one is out there saying, ‘We really want to make your dark movie.’ You are running against the current, the economic current of the medium. The only thing that keeps you going is you don’t have any choice.

-Paul Schrader, Creative Screenwriting, 2015

Schrader will also take a look at the business of film production and distribution from the 1970s through today, including the ways in which cinema has transitioned, and how a new model of the movie experience can benefit indie filmmakers, studios, and their audience.

This event is organized in collaboration with Peekskill Film Festival.


$20 members

$25 general admission

$30 at the door


5:30 - 8:00 PM

The Peekskill Film Festival (PFF)  was founded in 2015 to promote film literacy in the vibrant and historic Hudson River city of Peekskill, NY, and is an important opportunity to view new works by emerging filmmakers including features, shorts, documentaries, animation and student work. Through informative workshops and networking opportunities, the PFF facilitates educational and career-oriented programming for students of film and filmmakers. The PFF introduces, involves, and immerses youth from underserved communities into a world where they too can contribute and create. The PFF welcomes all entries, but especially seeks to showcase habitually underrepresented filmmakers.

A majority of ticket sales and all sponsorships benefit the cultural programming of The Field Library, your go-to information hub for the City of Peekskill, and will also provide filmmaking and scholarship opportunities to underserved youth.

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