This year the film festival will launch its programing for 2012 with a screening of legendary filmmaker David Lean’s production of Charles Dickens’, "Oliver Twist," on Feb. 25.
Everyone who has ever taken the opportunity to attend a Guild Hall film festival screening understands the value of having Alec Baldwin discuss film as he will after this presentation, this time with Jon Robin Baitz, whose creative writing is renowned up and down the streets of Broadway. With the economic downturn’s drumbeat effecting the cultural shift in the United States at the moment, a look back through the lens of Lean’s moviemaking and Dickens’ story telling is alone worth of the minimal charge of $17, and $15 for Guild Hall members.
Having recently viewed Oliver Twist, I came away inspired by the rich use of language Dickens’ used, and Lean incorporated into this production. This production is the zenith of what filmmaking can do to bring literature outward with the use of a big screen and shared experience of a classic venue such as Guild Hall. HIFF Executive Director Karen Arikian, David Nugent, HIFF Director of Programming and HIFF Board member Alec Baldwin have once again selected a powerful film to launch another years of amazing film programing.
Tickets can be purchased in advance. Tickets will also be available three hours before the 7:30 p.m. showing on Feb. 25, at the Guild Hall box office.