Film Series

Wall Street: Screening and Conversation

October 16, 2011

Director, Oliver Stone, and producer, Edward R. Pressman, joined FOLCS for a screening and discussion of Wall Street.

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone has directed Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), W. (2008), World Trade Center (2006), Alexander (2004), Any Given Sunday (1999), U-Turn (1997), Nixon(1995), Natural Born Killers (1994), Heaven and Earth (1993), JFK (1991), The Doors (1991), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), Talk Radio (1988), Wall Street (1987), Platoon (1986), Salvador (1986), The Hand (1981), and Seizure (1973). He has written or co-written all of the above, with the exception of U-Turn, World Trade Center, W., Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Stone has won Oscars for directing Born On The Fourth Of July and Platoon and for writing Midnight Express. He was nominated for director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). He has also received three Golden Globes for directing (Platoon, Born On The Fourth Of July, and JFK), and one for writing (Midnight Express).

Stone’s novel, A Child’s Night Dream, based on his experiences as a young man, was published in 1997 by St. Martin’s Press. He is a contributor of some 200 pages of essays on movies, culture, politics, and history to the book Oliver Stone’s USA (2000), edited by Robert Brent Toplin and published by the University Press of Kansas. Stone wrote the afterword for a book of scholarly essays analyzing his film Alexander called Oliver Stone’s Alexander: Film, History, and Cultural Studies (2009).

Stone was born September 15, 1946, in New York, New York. Prior to his film career, he worked as a schoolteacher in Vietnam, a Merchant Marine sailor, taxi driver, messenger, production assistant, and sales representative. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971.

Edward R. Pressman

With more than 75 diverse motion pictures and over 30 years of experience to his credit, native New Yorker and film producer Edward R. Pressman has forged a career of international renown, marked by originality and eclecticism. Throughout his maverick career, he has brought numerous emerging filmmakers together with projects that have put them firmly on the map. Pressman’s reputation as a daring filmmaker was cemented with the international recognition of the French Cinematheque, which presented a 1989 retrospective of his films and awarded him the esteemed Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettres medal. He’s also received tributes from The National Film Theatre in London, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archives and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Cinematék. In 2003, Pressman was honored with the IFP Gotham Award for lifetime achievement. In May 2010, Pressman was among 12 notable filmmakers honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at their “Magnificent Collections” event which announced the Academy’s archiving of Pressman’s films and papers.

Pressman’s specialty is discovering new talent and bringing new experiences to motion picture audiences. He is known for fostering the careers of young and inspired filmmakers and actors, including Brian De Palma, Terrence Malick, Jason Reitman, Oliver Stone, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and David Gordon Green. His international productions include Wolfgang Peterson’s Das Boot, the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon, and Fred Schepsi’s Plenty.

Over the years, Pressman has produced director‐driven, high profile projects, including Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, Wayne Kramer’s acclaimed Vegas romance The Cooler starring Alec Baldwin in his Oscar-nominated role, David Mamet’s Homicide and Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons in his Academy Award–winning performance.