The Thalia Film Club hosted by Marshall Fine will feature pre-release screenings and behind-the-scenes coversations with directors, actors, and more surprise special guests. The Thalia Film Club will offer three series: fall, winter and spring. Subscribers will not only see new films before they reach theaters, but will get the opportunity to engage in discussions with creative talents from those films after the screenings.
Noted film critic and author Marshall Fine will host and produce the new venture. Fine, film critic for Huffington Post and Star magazine (as well as his own website, Hollywood & Fine), will select the films, introduce each screening and conduct the question-and-answer session following each screening.
Fine has created successful film clubs at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY, and the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY, and is a popular guest host at other film clubs in New York and the area. His previous guests at other film clubs range from directors such as Guillermo del Toro, Robert Towne and Barry Levinson to actors such as Penelope Cruz, Kevin Costner, Paul Giamatti and Clive Owen. Films have ranged from the moving Best Foreign Film winning drama Departures and Peter Jackson's adaptation of the best-selling novel The Lovely Bones, to the comedy Me and Orson Welles and Pedro Almodovar's latest offering, Broken Embraces.
“Movies are the most popular and populist of the visual arts,” Fine says. “In an entertainment capital like New York, you can never underestimate the appeal of getting in on something first, something exclusive – and all without having to leave your Upper West Side neighborhood.”
Fine’s film series have consistently sold out, despite a general policy of not revealing the film titles in advance: “For me, one of the true joys of movie-going is seeing a film I know nothing about and discovering a gem,” Fine says. “In these media-saturated times, people usually have the opposite experience: They go in knowing so much in advance that the movie itself can be a letdown. I love giving audiences that sensation of discovery – as well as the experience of seeing a film they might not normally have chosen for themselves and being blown away by it.”
Fine is a member and three-time past-chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and a member of the New York Film Critics Online. A former national film correspondent for Gannett News Service, he is a contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado and the author of well-regarded biographies of directors Sam Peckinpah and John Cassavetes and actor Harvey Keitel.