Film Series

M: Screening and Conversation

October 20, 2011

German thriller, M, centers on a citywide manhunt for a serial killer who preys on children.

Screenwriter, Henry Bean, producer, Larry Gross, and author, Sarah Williams Goldhagen, joined FOLCS for a screening and discussion.

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Henry Bean

Henry Bean was born in Philadelphia and received his formal education at Yale and Stanford. He has worked in Hollywood for more than thirty years, writing, among other films, Internal Affairs, Deep Cover, and Basic Instinct 2. He has done uncredited work on many films including Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, Murder by Numbers, and The Golden ’80s. (He claims to be the only screenwriter who has worked with both Tony Scott and Chantal Akerman.) He was “head writer” on HBO’s K Street, an unscripted show. He wrote and directed The Believer (2001), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, as well as many other awards, and Noise (2007). His novel False Match was published in 1982 and won an L.A. PEN award. He lives in New York with his wife, Leora Barish.

Larry Gross
Screenwriter & Producer

Larry A. Gross is currently at work for Rachid Bouchareb, Academy Award–nominated French-Algerian director (for Les Indigenes), on an original action comedy feature, Belleville Cop.

His most recent writing credit, Veronika Decides to Die, was adapted from the bestselling novel by Paulo Coehlo, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, directed by Emily Young, and was completed in 2009. Before that, as producer and writer of We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004) starring Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts, he won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, he was co-writer of Beautiful Country (2004), starring Nick Nolte and Tim Roth, which premiered at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival. He also co-wrote Prozac Nation (2001), starring Christina Ricci.

He is perhaps best known as the co-author with Walter Hill of 48 Hours, Streets of Fire, Another 48 Hours, and Geronimo.
Other projects include Chinese Box, co-written with Jean Claude Carriere, directed by Wayne Wang; writing Bill Pullman’s directorial debut, The Virginian (2000), for TNT; and True Crime (1999) starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. The production of his original screenplay Crime and Punishment in Suburbia screened at Sundance 2000. His adaptation of Jim Thompson’s This World, Then the Fireworks screened at Sundance (1997) and at Critic’s Week of the Cannes Film Festival (1997). He wrote the 4-hour TNT miniseries David.

Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Sarah Williams Goldhagen is the New Republic’s architecture critic and a scholar and theorist of modern and contemporary architecture. The author of Louis Kahn’s Situated Modernism (Yale University) and editor, with Rejean Legault, of Anxious Modernisms: Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture (MIT), Goldhagen has published widely, in edited collections, scholarly, and popular journals and periodicals, including the New York Times, Art in America, Art News, and the Harvard Design Magazine. She has written on a broad array of topics, including the work of architects such as Santiago Calatrava, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, Moshe Safdie, and Peter Zumthor, and themes such as infrastructure, historic preservation, architectural education, and urban design, landscape architecture, and landscape urbanism. Goldhagen is currently writing a book for Harper/Collins on how people experience the contemporary built environment.