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      Film Screening - Lost in the Stars: A Video Portrait of Maxwell Anderson in West Nyack

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      February 22, 2020

      Saturday   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

      27 S Greenbush Rd.
      West Nyack, New York 10994

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      Film Screening - Lost in the Stars: A Video Portrait of Maxwell Anderson

      Film Screening: Lost in the Stars
      Meet the Filmmaker: Writer/Producer and Rockland County Resident Richard Connelly
      In partnership with the Historical Society of Rockland County and Rivertown Films.
      Saturday, February 22 at 7:00pm. Free to the Public

      Lost in the Stars, presented at Rockland Center for the Arts, is a video portrait of playwright Maxwell Anderson, who lived on South Mountain Road in New City from the 1920s until the 1950s. Written and co-produced by long-time Rockland County resident, Richard Connolly. The 1988 documentary includes rare interviews with former Rockland residents Burgess Meredith and Helen Hayes, both early leaders of Rockland Center for the Arts along with Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill. The title is taken from the 1949 musical “Lost in the Stars,” which Maxwell Anderson wrote with composer Kurt Weill while they were living on South Mountain Road.

      One of the most important American playwrights of the early 20th century, Maxwell Anderson was born in western Pennsylvania in 1888 and received his M.A. from Stanford University in 1914, working as a journalist with such newspapers as the Grand Fords Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bulletin. Later, he was an editorial writer for the New Republic, the New York Globe, and the New York World.

      Anderson wrote his first play, White Desert, in 1923; it ran only twelve performances, but was well-reviewed by the book reviewer for the New York World, Laurence Stallings, who collaborated with him on his next play, What Price Glory? which was successfully produced in 1924 in New York City. Anderson went on to write the classic plays and movies “Key Largo”, “The Bad Seed", “What Price Glory", "Anne of a Thousand Days", and the musicals “Knickerbocker Holiday” and “High Tor.”
      Anderson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1933 for his political drama Both Your Houses, and twice received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, for Winterset and High Tor.

      He received the Gold Medal in Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1954, an honorary doctor of literature degree from Columbia University in 1946, and an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the University of North Dakota in 1958.

      Lost in the Stars is presented in conjunction with RoCA’s exhibit American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland. The exhibit presents art by luminaries who lived in Rockland County from the 1910s through the 1960s. Modernism presented a radical break with the rigid structures of the past, prompting a search for new forms of expression that fostered a period of experimentation in the arts. This exhibition explores preeminent artists and intellectuals from all disciplines and how they brought Modernist thinking and influences to Rockland County—and American masterpieces to the world. The exhibit is in partnership with the Historical Society of Rockland County.
      From the artists/intellectuals of South Mountain Road to Modernist innovators, Rockland County has long been home to cultural giants of world renown. Today, the impact of these innovators continues to reverberate on both a local and international scale. American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland will be on view January 12 through February 23, 2020.

      For more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, or visit Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Gallery hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4pm. Free to the general public.

      In partnership with the Historical Society of Rockland County and Rivertown Films.

      RoCA's programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.

      Cost: Free -

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