SOURCE: NY Film Critics National Series

NY Film Critics National Series

November 29, 2016 12:00 ET

NYFCS to Feature BURN COUNTRY and on-screen Talkback With Oscar® Winner Melissa Leo

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 29, 2016) - The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, has partnered with the nation's leading independent cinemas to present live, national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC's Popcorn, and by Alison Bailes of BBC, More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show. The series presents live, interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD broadcast with the stars and filmmakers. www.nyfilmcriticsseries.com

The NYFCS is excited to announce that the next NYFCS preview film screening will be Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films' BURN COUNTRY. The pre-release screening and event will take place captured live throughout the country December 5th - 8th, 2016. The film stars Oscar® Winner Melissa Leo (THE FIGHTER), James Franco and the films 2016 Tribeca best actor winner in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, Dominic Rains. The film, which will be released theatrically and on Video on Demand (VOD) December 9th , has been inspired by Director Ian Olds' prior documentary about an Afghani guide to Western journalists "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi."

The US event will include a captured live broadcast discussion with Melissa Leo, director Ian Old's and hosted by host Alison Bailes (BBC, More Magazine, WOR-Radio).

The NYFCS® event will include an exclusive, live, interactive, HD Simulcast to 50 U.S. locations. The series takes place exclusively in theaters and is never available on TV or the internet.

Up until now, live talent has only been accessible to the public in NY, LA and at festivals. Now everyone throughout the country can enjoy up close and personal moments from major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Regional preview screenings are happening all the time, but never with a live, talent conversation component. This is a comprehensive, industry wide turn-key marketing tool complete with robust media and in-theater assets to 400+ screens.

A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in 50 select major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each film in the screening series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see the best films prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two-way simulcast.

This is the first ever live national in-theater screening series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.

The NYFCS® screening series has included these guests & films:

David Oyelowo & Rosie Perez - FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE -

Ally Sheedy - LITTLE SISTER -

Sharon Stone - MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

Clive Owen - THE CONFIRMATION

Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti - THE PHENOM

Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner - TUMBLEDOWN

Cynthia Nixon - JAMES WHITE

Jake Johnson - DIGGING FOR FIRE

Al Pacino - DANNY COLLINS

Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany - SHELTER

Robin Williams' Final Film - BOULEVARD

Diane Lane, Frances McDormand, Dakota Fanning - EVERY SECRET THING

Russell Crowe - WATER DIVINER

Jennifer Anniston - CAKE

Shirley MacLaine - ELSA & FRED

Rob Reiner - AND SO IT GOES

Daniel Radcliffe - WHAT IF

Gillian Flynn - GONE GIRL

James Franco - CHILD OF GOD

Andy Garcia - AT MIDDLETON

Tom Hardy - LOCKE

Jon Favreau - CHEF

Felicity Huffman - BREATHE IN

David O. Russell - Director AMERICAN HUSTLE

About The New York Film Critics Series®:

Peter Travers, Host: Peter is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and ABCNews.com. Travers joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with People. He's best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation's most blurbed film critic. Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.

Alison Bailes, Co-Host: Alison is the film critic for BBC, More Magazine and a contributing critic for "Ebert Presents at the Movies" on PBS. She appears on NBC's Today Show as a film critic and industry reporter. Alison also appears regularly on Charlie Rose along with A.O. Scott of the NY times and others. She guest hosts the New York Film Critics Series® and maintains her own film website: www.alisonbailes.com

From 2005-2009 Alison co-hosted the NBC Universal weekly movie review show "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk". She and Jeffrey Lyons shared their different perspectives on the latest film and DVD releases, gave viewers the latest news from the box office and reported on industry trends. "Reel Talk" also featured celebrity interviews. Prior to joining WNBC, Alison created "At The Angelika" for the Independent Film Channel. She wrote, produced and hosted this monthly look at the independent film scene, which later became known as "At The IFC Center." Previously, Alison was a senior producer of the weekly film magazine show, "Flix" on VH1. She began her career at CNN, working for their daily entertainment news show "Showbiz Today." A UK native, Alison has lived in the United States since 1989. She graduated from Oxford University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German Literature.

Independent Theaters: The NYFCS® network of U.S. theaters are independent partners that are dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience that is available in domestic, independent cinema today. http://nyfilmcriticsseries.com/Locations.html

Samuel Goldwyn Films: Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.

The company is dedicated to working with both world-renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy's hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Past Goldwyn titles include: HARRY BROWN starring Michael Caine, the box office smash FIREPROOF and the 2010 independent hit MAO'S LAST DANCER. Samuel Goldwyn Films also released THE WHISTLEBLOWER, a powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, and the 2012 critics' darling ROBOT & FRANK, starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langella and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon.

Additional Samuel Goldwyn Films releases include: DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL; Gilles Bourdos' RENOIR, the lush film about the famous painter's later years and France's official submission for the 2014 Academy Awards®; Jason Wise's cult-hit film SOMM; 2015 Academy Foreign Language Film Award® nominee TANGERINES; the Israeli dark comedy THE FAREWELL PARTY; Sacha Jenkins' FRESH DRESSED; the Sundance cult-hit LILA AND EVE starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez; Damon Gameau's eye-opening THAT SUGAR FILM which takes on the sugar industry; and Morgan Matthews compelling drama A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND. Current Samuel Goldwyn Films releases include: Chris Bell's expose PRESCRIPTION THUGS; Andrew Renzi's Tribeca Film Festival favorite THE BENEFACTOR starring Richard Gere; the widely anticipated Jason Wise follow-up SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE; Toronto Film Festival's Gala Presentation HYENA ROAD directed by Paul Gross; Ted Balaker's docu CAN WE TAKE A JOKE? in which comedy and outrage collide and TRANSPECOS, the directorial debut and 2016 SXSW Audience Award Winner by Greg Kwedar and Sasha Gordon's subversive romantic comedy and festival darling IT HAD TO BE YOU. Upcoming films include Ian Old's award-winning BURN COUNTRY with Oscar winner Melissa Leo, James Franco and breakout lead Dominic Rains; Carles Torrens' physiological thriller PET starring Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo & Jennette McCurdy and 100 STREETS, an ensemble of interconnecting stories within a vibrant contemporary London starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.

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