Journalism film series on the Loft’s Big Screen

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An ongoing series at The Loft Cinema  — Presented by The New York Times (press release)

Various dates, times and admission prices at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. , 520-795-0844 /

Presented by The New York Times, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Arizona Inn, The University of Arizona School of Journalism and The Loft Cinema.

An Academy Award-winning screenwriter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and two icons of The New York Times are among the distinguished speakers who will take part in Journalism on Screen, a new ongoing series launching this Fall at The Loft Cinema. Organized by Professors Nancy Sharkey and William Schmidt of the University of Arizona School of Journalism in collaboration with The Loft Cinema, Journalism on Screen will pair award-winning, nationally-recognized journalists and writers with screenings of their favorite films about the world of journalism. This new series, which begins on Sunday, September 20, 2015, will include screenings throughout the year. The series line-up thus far includes the following events:

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Absence of Malice, with Academy Award-wining screenwriter Kurt Luedtke via Skype!

Sunday, September 20 at 2:00pm

General Admission: $8; Loft members/students/teachers: $6

The gripping 1981 drama Absence of Malice, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Paul Newman and Sally Field, tells the story of an unscrupulous newspaper reporter (Field) whose articles falsely implicate a Miami businessman (Newman) in an explosive crime. After learning the truth of the story, the reporter joins forces with the businessman to clear his name, uncovering a dangerous conspiracy along the way. This screening will be followed by a Skype discussion with Kurt Luedtke, the former newspaper editor who wrote the screenplay. Luedtke’s script for Absence of Malice earned him a 1982 Academy Award nomination. He subsequently won the Oscar for his screenplay of the 1985 film, Out of Africa.

The Paper, with New York Times food editor Sam Sifton in person!

Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm

Regular admission prices

The Paper, a 1994 comedy from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, is a fast and funny look at 24 hectic hours in the life of a New York City newspaper. The screening of this highly-acclaimed hit starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close and Rober Duvall will be followed by an onstage discussion with Sam Sifton, a senior editor at The New York Times. Sifton, the newspaper’s food editor, was formerly National editor, restaurant critic and Culture editor. In addition to overseeing culinary coverage, he is the founding editor of NYT Cooking, the newspaper’s online recipe tool and app.

Broadcast News, with New York Times reporter and critic Alessandra Stanley in person!

Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm

Regular admission prices

Broadcast News, the 1987 Oscar-nominated romantic comedy from writer/director James L. Brooks, follows three ambitious workaholics (played by Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks) who are set loose in a network TV newsroom where their professional and personal lives become hopelessly cross-wired. This screening of Broadcast News will be followed by an onstage discussion with Alessandra Stanley, longtime New York Times reporter and critic. Until this summer, Stanley was chief television critic of the Times. She is now the Times reporter whose beat includes wealth and income equality.

Selma, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Diane McWhorter in person!

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:00pm

Regular admission prices

Selma, the 2014 Oscar-winning drama from director Ava DuVernay, chronicles the tumultuous three month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition, in the process creating a landmark in the history of the civil rights movement. This screening of Selma will be followed by an onstage discussion with Diane McWhorter, journalist and author, who will talk about covering the civil rights struggle, then and now. “Carry Me Home,” McWhorter’s best-selling account about the civil rights revolution in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

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