PELHAM, NY -- On Monday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m. The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) will host an advance screening of Maudie followed by a discussion with the director, Aisling Walsh and producer led by TPH’s critic-in-residence Marshall Fine.
Maudie tells the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) who becomes a pioneer of the Art Naïve school and her husband Everett (Ethan Hawke) who hires her to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. The film was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and won a number of awards at other festivals.
After the screening TPH’s critic-in-residence Marshall Fine will moderate a discussion and Q&A with the director Aisling Walsh. Walsh is an Irish writer and director who wrote and directed Song for a Raggy Boy, which won over 20 awards at international film festivals, including the Best Film award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in 2003. She also wrote and directed Joyriders (1989), Damage (2008), Invisible State (2006), and The Daisy Chain. Her many television credits include the BAFTA TV Award-nominated Fingersmith, Forgive and Forget, Roughnecks, and the multi award-winning BBC One film Sinners. In 2009, she directed The Fifth Woman, a feature-length episode of the BBC series Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh and in 2012 she directed Loving Miss Hatto which was premièred at the Edinburgh Television Festival.
Tickets to the special screening and discussion are $15/general admission, $12/students, seniors, and members and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803.