The Sopranos Film Festival

January 22nd 2017 - January 14th 2019

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“The Sopranos Film Festival,” a weeklong tribute to David Chase’s groundbreaking HBO series, opens Wednesday, January 9 with a celebration at the SVA Theatre followed by five days of live events at IFC Center. Presented by the Split Screens festival and organized by Split Screens Creative Director Matt Zoller Seitz, longtime TV critic for New York magazine, the program screens classic films and Sopranos episodes to explore the series’ influences and legacy on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

“From the very beginning, The Sopranos was a show that wore its cinematic aspirations on its sleeve, and that often took inspiration from movies of the past,” notes Seitz. “During its eight-year run on HBO, the series drew critical scrutiny from both television and film critics. It is probably as responsible as the original Twin Peaks for giving viewers permission to talk about TV in language that had previously been more often applied to movies, and discuss how the two art forms borrowed from each other, influence each other, and were in conversation with each other. This festival is a showcase for that dialogue.”

The program opens Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00pm with a special event at the SVA Theatre, co-presented by HBO: “Woke Up This Morning: The Sopranos 20th Anniversary Celebration.” Series creator and executive producer David Chase, along with executive producers Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner, Ilene S. Landress and cast members will take part in a special program of clips and conversation, moderated by Seitz (co-author of the new book The Sopranos Sessions), to discuss their experience making one of TV’s landmark shows.

After the opening night event, the program moves to IFC Center, screening films from the gangster milestone The Public Enemy to art-house classics Blow-Up and Barry Lyndon, to Chase’s own feature debut, Not Fade Away, along with key episodes of the series and panel discussions with Sopranos cast and crew and other special guests. The lineup also includes the world premiere of the documentary My Dinner with Alan in which TV critics Seitz and Alan Sepinwall meet at the New Jersey diner that was the setting for the show’s controversial final scene for a wide-ranging conversation covering television, movies, psychiatry, gangsterism, their 20-year friendship, and their work at the Newark Star-Ledger. A schedule is below

Ticket Information:

Tickets for opening night at SVA Theatre are $20 general admission/$15 IFC Center members; tickets for other events are $15 general admission/$11 seniors/$10 IFC Center members. A Ten-ticket pack, valid for ten festival admissions, is available for $120 general admission/$80 IFC Center members here.

Past Screenings

  • Barry Lyndon
    Stanley Kubrick1975184 minDCP
    Post-screening discussion with Matt Zoller Seitz and Bilge Ebiri, a film critic and writer for New York Magazine/Vulture.
    • IFC Center
      • Sunday Jan 221:10pm6:35pm
      • Wednesday Jan 2510:30am1:55pm5:25pm8:55pm
      • Sunday Jan 295:30pm
      • Saturday Jan 1212:00pm
  • Blow-Up
    Michaelangelo Antonioni1966111 minDCP
    Introduced by Matt Zoller Seitz.
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Mar 211:00am
      • Saturday Mar 311:00am
      • Sunday Mar 411:00am
      • Monday Jan 148:00pm
  • Goodfellas
    Martin Scorsese1990146 minDCP
    Introduced by Matt Zoller Seitz.
    • IFC Center
      • Friday Jun 111:30pm
      • Saturday Jun 211:30pm
      • Saturday Jan 128:30pm
  • Panel with series creator/executive producer David Chase, executive producers/writers Terence Winter & Matthew Weiner, executive producer Ilene S. Landress, cast members Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Vincent Pastore, Robert Iler, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz. Other Sopranos cast in attendance includes Aida Turturro, Steve Buscemi, John Ventimiglia, Kathrine Narducci, Annabella Sciorra, and Jerry Adler. All other Sopranos Film Festival events will take place at IFC Center
  • Performance
    Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell1970105 min35mm
    Post-screening discussion with critic Sheila O’Malley of Film Comment, RogerEbert.com and The Criterion Collection; and movie critic and film editor Ian W. Hill. Moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz.
  • Not Fade Away
    David Chase2012112 minDCP
    In attendance: Writer-director David Chase; actor John Magaro; executive producer and music supervisor Steven van Zandt.
  • Showing Sopranos episode "The Knight in White Satin Armor" with the short film “Show Biz Bugs” (1957, dir. Friz Freleng) on 35mm. Post-screening discussion with The Sopranos cast member Aida Turturro, Vulture writer and Five Came Back author Mark Harris, moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz.
  • My Dinner with Alan
    Kristian Fraga2019DCP
    The screening will be followed by a discussion between The Sopranos Sessions co-authors Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz and My Dinner with Alan director Kristian Fraga. A book signing for Seitz and Sepinwall’s book, The Sopranos Sessions (Abrams Press), will follow the screening.
  • With screening of The Public Enemy (1931, dir. William A. Wellman) on 35mm + Sopranos episode “Proshai, Livushka” (2001). This unique double feature will be capped with a discussion of family relations as depicted on The Sopranos, moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz, with Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins; RogerEbert.com critic and Big Media Vandalism publisher Odie Henderson; and Dr. Lisa Tischler, NY State Licensed Clinical Psychologist and specialist in anxiety control.
  • Cul-de-Sac
    Roman Polanski1966113 min35mm
    Introduced by Matt Zoller Seitz.
  • With screening of “Pine Barrens” (2001) + The Three Stooges short Idiots Deluxe (1945, dir. Jules White) on 35mm. Introduced by episode director Steve Buscemi. Post-screening Q&A with Buscemi and episode writer/series executive producer Terence Winter.
  • Trees Lounge
    Steve Buscemi199695 min35mm
    In attendance: writer/director/actor of the film, Steve Buscemi.
  • With screening of “The Test Dream” (2004) + Un Chien Andalou (1929, dir. Luis Bunuel) on 35mm. Panelists: Matt Zoller Seitz; New York Times TV critic Margaret Lyons; David Gutman, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Co-Director of the New York ADHD Center.