Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Screenwriter Kelly Masterson provided commentary on the 'cli-fi' movie SNOWPIERCER after a screening of the movie in New York on October 21, 2016.

The global blockbuster "Snowpiercer" was made in 2013, but it's already considered a classic "cli-fi" movie. Cli-fi stands for ''climate fiction'', a new fiction genre that deals with climate change and global warming. The film, which stars Ed Harris, John Hurt and Chris Evans, focuses on the survivors of a future Ice Age, who live out their lives in a train that travels in a continuous loop around the Earth. Screenwriter Kelly Masterson provided commentary after a screening of the movie.

It was part of the NYS Writers Institute's Classic Film Series. 7 p.m. Free. Page Hall, University at Albany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Ave., Albany

      Science fiction film SNOWPIERCER, was screened on October 21, 2016
with commentary by the screenwriter Kelly Masterson

NYS Writers Institute, Friday, October 21, 2016
7:00 p.m. Film screening with screenwriter Kelly Materson | Page Hall, 135 Western Ave.,
Downtown Campus [Note the early start time]

SNOWPIERCER (South Korea/Czech Republic/United States/France, 2013, 126 minutes, color and b/w, directed by Bong Joon-ho) will be shown on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. [note early start time] in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany’s downtown campus. The screening will be followed by commentary and Q&A with Kelly Masterson, the film’s screenwriter. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.   
Based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, SNOWPIERCER is widely hailed as a classic of the new climate fiction genre (“cli-fi”). A failed climate-change experiment has killed almost all life on the planet and has plunged the Earth into an Ice-Age. The few survivors create their own economy and class system while living on a train that travels in a continuous loop around the globe. USA Today called it, “a rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film.”  Rolling Stone reviewer Peter Travers described the film as a “slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You’re in for a wild whoosh of a ride.” Nominated for 94 film awards, it received a total of 19.
Kelly Masterson, screenwriter of SNOWPIERCER, also wrote the screenplays for BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (2007), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, GOOD PEOPLE (2014), starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, and KILLING KENNEDY (2013), a National Geographic Channel production starring Rob Lowe. Masterson started his career as a playwright in the 1980s.His award winning play, Touch, was produced off Broadway in 1987. Masterson’s play Edith, about Woodrow and Edith Wilson, premiered at the Berkshire Theater Festival in 2012.
The screening is sponsored in conjunction with the UAlbany Art Museum’s exhibition Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene (on display through December 10, 2016).
For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at

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