Running from June 2nd to June 8th, The Split Screens Festival will take place at the IFC Center in New York City. Programmed and moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz, the week-long event will showcase television drama shows from all different networks.
The festival itself is anchored around four signature categories:
- Premieres, “an opportunity for audiences to be among the first to screen an anticipated new series.”
- Close-Up, “focused primarily on the work of one or two celebrated actors in a series.”
- Showcase, taking “a deeper look at a series through the lens of its creators, producers, and stars.”
- Rewind, “revisiting an iconic episode of television via a screening and conversation with the creatives who brought their vision to life.”
The Legacy Award, sponsored by AMC Networks, is an annual honor presented to a television leader who has broken new ground and reshaped the landscape, and the industry over the course of a significant career. The inaugural presentation of the award is set to be presented on Monday, June 5th at 6:30 PM to the actress, director, and trailblazer Lee Grant followed by a thoughtful exchange between Grant and Seitz about Grant’s work over the past seven decades.
In addition to the Legacy Award, Split Screens will also present the Vanguard Award on June 5th at 8:30 PM to The Sopranos creator David Chase. The award will be presented by actor and director Steve Buscemi and his co-writer and co-executive producer Terence Winter. Buscemi and Winter will also be showing a special screening of the “Pine Barrens” episode of The Sopranos, directed by Buscemi.
As the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, and the author of TV (The Book), artistic director Matt Zoller Seitz will act as moderator and host for Split Screens. “We spent hours considering those talented individuals whose work and ethic stood out amongst a long list of brilliant creatives,” noted Matt Zoller Seitz. “In the end, we chose to honor two individuals who we believe have changed the face of the entertainment industry – Lee Grant, a woman whose long record of excellence both in front of and behind the camera speaks for itself, and David Chase whose masterful work was on the leading edge of what we now call Peak TV. It’s an honor and a privilege to have them with us during the week of the festival and we look forward to getting their take on the world of television today.”
- Tickets for the opening night premiere of The Deuce” are $30 ($25 IFC Center members)
- Tickets for individual events are $12-$19 ($10-$16 IFC Center members)
- A festival pass, providing admission to all festival programs, is available for $125 ($95 IFC Center members)
Tickets, festival passes, and additional program information are available online at SplitScreensFestival.com, or in person at the IFC Center box office at 323 Sixth Ave. (at West 3rd St.), open daily 10:30am-10:00pm.
SPLIT SCREENS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
7:00PM — THE DEUCE (HBO) PREMIERE
In person: Series producer and co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal, pilot director Michelle MacLaren and series co-creator George Pelecanos
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
1:00 PM — THE EVOLUTION OF TELEVISION CRITICISM SPECIAL EVENT
In person: Sonia Saraiya, Variety; Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker; Angelica Jade Bastien, contributor to Vulture and The Atlantic; and Matt Zoller Seitz
2:45 PM — BUILDING THE WORLD OF THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (AMAZON) SHOWCASE
In person: Executive Producer Richard Heus, Production Designer Drew Boughton, and Costume Designer J.R. Hawbaker
4:30 PM — MR. ROBOT (USA Network) CLOSE-UP with Rami Malek
In person: Actor Rami Malek
7:00 PM — THE SINNER (USA NETWORK) PREMIERE
In person: Series creator and showrunner Derek Simonds and executive producer and director Antonio Campos.
9:00 PM — SEARCH PARTY (TBS) SHOWCASE
In person: Series creators, co-directors and executive producers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, and executive producer Lilly Burns
SUNDAY, JUNE 4
12:30 PM — SNEAKY PETE (Amazon) CLOSE-UP with Margo Martindale
In person: Actress Margo Martindale
2:30 PM — THE GET DOWN (NETFLIX) SHOWCASE
In person: co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis, supervising producer Nelson George
4:30 PM — DIFFICULT PEOPLE (HULU) SHOWCASE
In person: Series creator, co-executive producer and costar Julie Klausner
6:15 PM — BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC) CLOSE-UP with Michael McKean as Chuck McGill
In person: Actor Michael McKean and series co-creator and executive producer Peter Gould
MONDAY, JUNE 5
6:30 PM — SPECIAL EVENT: FIRST ANNUAL LEGACY AWARD: HONORING ACTRESS/DIRECTOR LEE GRANT
In person: Lee Grant
8:30 PM — VANGUARD AWARD: HONORING DAVID CHASE followed by a special screening of THE SOPRANOS (HBO) Season Three: “Pine Barrens” SPECIAL EVENT
In person: Creator and executive producer David Chase; co-executive producer and co-writer Terence Winter; director and actor Steve Buscemi.
TUESDAY, JUNE 6
6:30 PM — ORPHAN BLACK (BBC AMERICA) SHOWCASE
In person: Actors Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu and Ari Millen, and executive producers Graeme Manson and John Fawcett
8:45 PM — BILLIONS (SHOWTIME) CLOSE-UP with Asia Kate Dillon
In person: Actor Asia Kate Dillon and creators David Levien and Brian Koppelman
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
7:00 PM — BROCKMIRE (IFC) CLOSE-UP with Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet
In person: Series executive producer and star Hank Azaria and star Amanda Peet
7:30PM — NEW PLATFORMS, NEW VOICES SPECIAL EVENT
In person: Bravest Warriors executive producer Fred Seibert; Eat Your Feelings creators and writers Emma Jane Gonzalez and Sasha Winters; The Outs writer and director Adam Goldman; Gunner Jackson creator and star Christian Strevy.
8:45 PM — THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (STARZ) REWIND with “Separation”
In person: Co-executive producers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
7:00 PM — UNDERGROUND (WGN America) REWIND Season Two: “Minty” episode
In person: Actor Aisha Hinds and executive producer/director Anthony Hemingway
9:00 PM — HANNIBAL (NBC) REWIND Season Three: “The Wrath of the Lamb”
In person: Leila Taylor, Creative Director at the Brooklyn Public Library; novelist Rob Hart (New Yorked, The Woman from Prague); composer Matt Marks of Alarm Will Sound; illustrator and author Janice Poon, food stylist for Hannibal and author of Feeding Hannibal.(Via Skype) Hannibal creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller.