John Sayles at the Forum: AMIGO and Q&A

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The Raconteur, The Forum Theatre, and The Metuchen Arts Council will present an evening with filmmaker JOHN SAYLES on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen.

Oscar nominee, MacArthur fellow, and the indisputable "Godfather of Independent Cinema," John Sayles, will screen and discusses his 17th feature film, the acclaimed, historic war drama, Amigo, starring Chris Cooper and the legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre, and read from his new novel, A Moment in the Sun, a spectacular work of fiction compared to both Doctorow and Deadwood.  Mr. Sayles will also participated in an on stage discussion with the audience.


Before Kevin Smith maxed out his credit cards, before there was an IFC or a Sundance film festival, and long before "independent film" became a marketing niche, there was John Sayles, making it happen with a combination of talent, shrewdness, and determination. An acclaimed novelist before he ever touched a camera, Sayles burst onto the film scene in 1980, when he wrote and directed the much praised social comedy, Return of the Secaucus 7. Three years later, Sayles received a MacArthur Fellowship, using the money to partially fund his second film, The Brother from Another Planet, a fantasy flick about a black, three-toed slave who arrives from outer space and finds himself at home among the people of Harlem. Since then, Sayles has directed 17 features including Lone StarPassion FishEight Men OutThe Secret of Roan Inish, and Matewan, funding most of his award winning, oft Oscar nominated productions by penning low budget shockers like PiranhaAlligator, and The Howling.  Recently compared to a John Ford by the New York TimesJohn Sayles produces populous pageants, spinning fables of the American character out of the threads of myth, memory and ideology.

The evening with John Sayles begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 17th at The Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ.   Tickets are $15 and on sale at Raconteur Books, 431 Main Street, Metuchen; (732)906-0009.

There will also be a special pre-event reception with John Sayles at The Raconteur from 6 - 7 PM for an added $10 which includes complimentary wine and is payable at the door.

For more information contact Nancy Goldberg at the Metuchen Arts Council at (732) 632-8502 or the Raconteur at (732) 906-0009.

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