Buy TicketsTHE COTTON CLUB ENCORE Regional Premiere

FilmSunday, October 6 2:00pm $25

Part of the Guest Film Screening Series

Followed by Q&A with director Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter William Kennedy

Proceeds will help support the upcoming Albany Film Festival at UAlbany on Saturday, March 28, 2020!

Francis Ford Coppola, maker and shaper of American cinema, will present his director’s cut of the 1984 film, THE COTTON CLUB, retitled THE COTTON CLUB ENCORE, in Albany on October 6. The restored and re-edited film features 25 minutes of new footage with several high-energy musical and dance numbers cut from the director’s original version. The restorations expand the film’s dramatic line, especially the black characters’ story and performances. The new cut, appearing 35 years after the film’s original release, represents a labor of love for Coppola, who spent half a million dollars of his own money re-editing it. Coppola directed, wrote scripts for and produced some of the greatest films in cinematic history, including THE GODFATHER (Parts I- III), THE CONVERSATION, APOCALYPSE NOW, and PATTON. Together with George Lucas, Coppola founded American Zoetrope, one of the nation’s most influential independent film production companies. He also created an acclaimed literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story.
William Kennedy was hired in 1983 by Coppola to work on the unfinished COTTON CLUB script. They transformed the script many times during the production. They wrote five drafts on deadline during one 48-hour marathon weekend to create a script Coppola could use at the start of rehearsals with the actors.

Film Length: 139 minutes
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines.

Presented by University at Albany NYS Writers Institute