Learn About Film Noir At Cranford Program

Chris Messineo

CRANFORD—Chris Messineo, director of the New Jersey Film School, will present a program entitled “Film Noir: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of” on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, at the height of the studio system, a new breed of crime drama emerged. These dark tales—with an equally dark look—told the stories of men and women living in the shadows. Classic stories, such as “The Maltese Falcon,” “Double Indemnity,” “The Killers,” and “Night and the City,” changed filmmaking forever with characters who risked everything for “the stuff that dreams are made of.” The program will feature film clips, anecdotes, analysis, film history, and a Q & A session.

Chris Messineo is an award-winning writer and director. He is the founder of Off Stage Films, an independent production company, that shoots short films and corporate videos. The films have won awards for screenwriting, acting, sound, cinematography, editing, score, and directing. He has worked as a director, screenwriter, crew member, script reader, screenplay consultant, and even as a film festival judge. In 1998 he formed the New Jersey Screenwriter’s Group and, since then, the group has held more than 150 original screenplay readings.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

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