IU Cinema paying tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman with 24-hour film marathon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Cinema will screen 12 films starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in an overnight marathon Feb. 18 and 19 on the Bloomington campus.
Hoffman, who died Feb. 2, was a widely admired actor who, The New York Times declared, "gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater's most burdensome roles on Broadway." Hoffman's work varied widely -- while he won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the eccentric author in "Capote," he was cast as a villain in the Hollywood blockbuster "Mission Impossible III" alongside Tom Cruise and portrayed gritty rock critic Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous."
"Philip Seymour Hoffman's commitment to the craft of acting and his unrealized future artistic output will be missed by all of cinema," IU Cinema director Jon Vickers said. "He brought a believable level of intensity to all of his roles, whether that be in the form of a quiet, reflective character or a raucous public personality. We wanted to honor his work in an equally intense fashion."
IU Cinema will screen the following films as part of the tribute:
- 4 p.m. Feb. 18, "Jack Goes Boating" -- The only film Hoffman acted in that he also directed tells the story of a limo driver's blind date in New York City.
- 5:40 p.m. Feb. 18, "The Savages" -- Siblings face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their aging father.
- 7:40 p.m. Feb. 18, "The Master" -- A Navy veteran drifts through a series of breakdowns until he becomes deeply involved in a cult, engaged by its charismatic leader.
- 10:10 p.m. Feb. 18, "Mission Impossible III" -- A secret agent faces a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.
- 12:20 a.m. Feb. 19, "Almost Famous" -- A high school boy accompanies an up-and-coming rock band on tour and writes about it for Rolling Stone magazine.
- 2:25 a.m. Feb. 19, "A Late Quartet" -- Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, ego and lust.
- 4:15 a.m. Feb. 19, "Doubt" -- A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.
- 6:15 a.m. Feb. 19, "Synecdoche, New York" -- A theater director struggles with life while creating a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
- 8:20 a.m. Feb. 19, "Magnolia" -- The parallel stories of two men about to die, each estranged from a grown child uninterested in making contact.
- 11:35 a.m. Feb. 19, "Boogie Nights" -- Eddie would've been just another dropout if he hadn't met director Jack Horner, who introduces him to the adult film world and transforms him into a star.
- 2:15 p.m. Feb. 19, "Capote" -- While researching "In Cold Blood," an account of the murder of a Kansas family, the author develops a relationship with one of the accused killers.
- 4:15 p.m. Feb. 19, "Owning Mahowny" -- Things get messy for a bank manager with a gambling problem and access to a multimillion dollar account.
All films are free and open to the public, thanks to a donation from IU Cinema supporters Jim and Roberta Sherman. No tickets are necessary, though the cinema's seating is limited to 260 people.
All films will run back-to-back without intermission, and audience members may come and go as they please. Showtimes are approximated based on published running times of the films.