February 26, 2007
ReallFilms is proud to co-sponsor the screening in Houston of Austin filmmaker Heather Courtney with her latest documentary Letters for the Other Side. Click here for more information.
February 28, 2007
Please join us for a special evening at the University of Houston's Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre for Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater, a fascinating look at the founder of regional theater and a force of nature who championed the careers of Tennesse Williams and William Inge. The film was co-produced, written and directed by Kay Cattarulla and Rob Tranchin, both of whom will be in attendance. A special taped message by actor Richard Thomas will also be presented discussing his role as Tennessee Williams in the film.
Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater. Starring Judith Ivey and Richard Thomas. Narrated by Marcia Gay Harden.
Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater
Written, Produced, and Directed by Kay Cattarulla and Rob Tranchin
Theater sequences directed by A. Dean Bell
Date: Wednesday, February 28th
Location: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
Tickets: 10.00/person online (credit cards) or at the door (cash), UH students with ID get in FREE
Filmmaker Cattarulla and Tranchin Reception: 7:00-8:00pm
Screening: 8:00-9:00pm followed by Q&A with Cattarulla and Tranchin
Door Prize: Signed copy of the movie by Cattarulla and Tranchin
Synopsis: Margo Jones was one of the major innovators and visionaries in American theater history. She founded Theatre '47 in Dallas, a non-profit professional theater that was the first of its kind in the country, and ran it until her death in 1955. (The name changed with every year.) It provided the model for the resident theater movement of the 1960s and '70s which transformed the American stage. She was a crucial figure in the early career of Tennessee Williams and discovered playwright William Inge. Her 1955 world premiere in Dallas of Lawrence and Lee's Inherit the Wind - initially rejected by eight Broadway producers - saved a major American play.
About the Producers: Kay Cattarulla, Co-Producer/Writer/Director
In 1978, Kay Cattarulla was part of the team that started Symphony Space, the innovative performing arts center at 95th Street and Broadway in New York. While working there, she originated the literary series Selected Shorts: A Celebration Of The Short Story, featuring readings by actors of short fiction, and together with Isaiah Sheffer launched the nationally broadcast version of the series that is currently heard in 140 cities on National Public Radio. On moving to Dallas in 1990, Cattarulla founded the award-winning literary series Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art, and served as producer for its first twelve seasons. She edited three anthologies of stories deriving from the series, entitled Texas Bound, and produced four companion audio editions, all published by SMU Press. She produced two programs on Margo Jones for Arts & Letters Live in 1997, beginning nine years of research into Jones' life and career.
Cattarulla was elected to membership in the Texas Institute of Letters in 2000. She was born in Ithaca, NY, and received a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Columbia University.
Rob Tranchin, Co-Producer/Writer/Director
Tranchin is an executive producer at KERA, where he is also a national Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and director. Prior to Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater, Tranchin wrote, produced and directed Roy Bedichek's Vanishing Frontier, a one-hour documentary about the life of a Texas naturalist that aired nationally on PBS in April 2003. His other national productions for PBS include Wildcatter (for the PBS series American Experience), Who Cares about Kids? with poet and author Maya Angelou, For a Deaf Son, and Peacemaker. In 1999, he won a national Emmy Award as writer and co-producer of KERA's four-part nationally televised PBS series The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848). In 2000, Tranchin was nominated for another national Emmy Award as writer and co-producer of Matisse & Picasso, a compelling portrait of two giants of 20th century art.
Tranchin is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. As a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar, Tranchin lived for two years in Japan, where he worked as an assistant director to the Japanese film director Imamura Shohei.
For more information: http://www.margojones.org
Co-sponsored by: TBD