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Almanack Screenwriters Summer Soiree with Paul Schrader
Friday, Jul 26, 2024 7:00 PM
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Admission Admission Non-Member - $45.00




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The Almanack Screenwriters Summer Soiree is a rare opportunity to hear from and talk to one of the most legendary and prolific filmmakers in history. Join us for an inspired evening with Paul Schrader as he shares stories of his films, his life, and his creative journey. This will be a moderated conversation followed by an extensive audience Q&A session. Schader is the writer of such legendary films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Mosquito Coast, and the writer/director of American Gigolo, First Reformed, The Card Counter, Master Gardener, and the recently premiered his latest film Oh, Canada at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.



$45 Moviegoer Ticket (This is for a ticket to the main event ONLY. All tickets including access to the pre-event reception and post-event party should be purchased via the links below. )

+ A Conversation with Paul Schrader



$125 Cinephile Ticket

+ A Conversation with Paul Schrader

+ After Party



$500  Auteur Sponsor

+ 5:30pm Cocktail Reception

+ A Conversation with Paul Schrader 

+ After Party

($375 tax deductible)



$1,000 Sustaining Sponsor of the Arts

+ 5:30pm Cocktail Reception

+ A Conversation with Paul Schrader 

+ After Party

+ Acknowledgements

($875 tax deductible)




Cocktail Reception (for $500 and $1,000 ticketholders)

5:30 - 6:45 PM

Kick off the evening with an exclusive pre-event reception. Mingle and enjoy light bites and cocktails with Mr. Schrader and Almanack Screenwriters Board members in the lovely Dreamland Harborview Terrace.

Main Event: A Conversation with Paul Schrader (for all ticketholders)

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Experience a unique evening as we dive into the world of cinema with the legendary Paul Schrader. The main event will feature a moderated conversation where Mr. Schrader will share insights into his illustrious career, creative process, and the stories behind some of his most acclaimed films. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with Mr. Schrader during an extensive Q&A session.

After Party (for $125 ticketholders and above)

9:00 - 11:00 PM

Following the main event, continue the fun at a lively party hosted by Mark Famiglio. Enjoy food, drink, and music as we celebrate and reflect on an inspiring evening. (The After Party will take place at a private home a few blocks from Dreamland. Address provided to Cinephile ticket holders and Sponsors).



About Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader, a towering figure in American cinema, has made an indelible mark as both a screenwriter and director. Born on July 22, 1946, Schrader's deep passion for film was ignited early on, inspired by auteurs like Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu.

After earning a BA in philosophy from Calvin College and an MFA from UCLA Film School, Schrader quickly rose to prominence in the 1970s with his evocative screenplays. His screenplay for Taxi Driver (1976) earned him widespread acclaim and an Academy Award nomination. His collaboration with Martin Scorsese continued with Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing out the Dead (1999).

As a director, Schrader's vision is uncompromising and deeply introspective. Films like American Gigolo (1980), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), and Light Sleeper (1992) showcase his keen eye for visual storytelling and complex character studies, delving into themes of alienation, guilt, and redemption. Schrader has described three of his recent films as a loose trilogy: First Reformed (2017), The Card Counter (2021), and Master Gardener (2022). His filmography is a testament to his unwavering commitment to artistic integrity and uncompromising vision.

Beyond his work in cinema, Schrader is also an esteemed author, penning insightful essays on film theory and criticism. In recognition of his contributions to the art of filmmaking, Schrader has received numerous accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Locarno Film Festival. His legacy as a pioneering writer and director continues to inspire generations of filmmakers, creatives and audiences around the globe.

Throughout his career, Schrader has tackled controversial subjects, pushing the boundaries of cinematic expression. Nearly 50 years after Taxi Driver, Shrader continues to create groundbreaking work. His latest film, Oh Canada!, which he wrote and directed and stars Richard Gere, Jacob Elordi and Uma Thurman, premiered weeks ago at 2024 Cannes FIlm Festival.

Run Time:1H 30M
Category:Dreamland Conversations