CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite you to join Chris Messineo, director of the New Jersey Film School, who will present a program on the films of Woody Allen on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome.
No modern writer and director is more prolific or iconic than Woody Allen. Drawing equal inspiration from Groucho Marx and Ingmar Bergman, Allen’s films can be hilarious or tragic, but are always filled with his signature style and a fascination for affairs of the heart. Messineo will talk about the art of Woody Allen and analyze scenes from such classic films as “Manhattan,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point.”
Messineo is an award-winning writer and director and the founder of Off Stage Films, an independent production company that specializes in short films and corporate videos. The company has won awards for screenwriting, acting, sound, cinematography, editing, score, and directing. Messineo has worked as a director, screenwriter, crewmember, script reader, screenplay consultant, and even 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. In 2002, he created MoviePoet.com, a free online contest and forum that celebrates the art of short scripts and helps bring screenwriters and filmmakers together. This marks Messineo’s fourth visit to Cranford, where he also lectured on Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and film noir.