September 27, 2012
A screening of the film "Being Flynn" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Escher Auditorium, Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.
Released in March, "Being Flynn" is based on an award-winning memoir by author Nick Flynn, and stars Robert De Niro. The memoir focuses on Flynn's reunion with his estranged father, who was an alcoholic homeless shelter resident in Boston.
The book has been translated into more than 10 languages and won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, which recognizes distinguished nonfiction works. Flynn has also published two books of poetry and excerpts have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review, as well as the television program "This American Life." In 2000, Flynn spent a month at CSB as a writer-in-residence. During this time, he visited classes and gave readings at CSB and throughout the community, as well as worked on the manuscript of "Being Flynn."
Flynn's wife, actress Lili Taylor, will also be present at the screening. Taylor plays a drug addict turned employee at the homeless shelter in "Being Flynn." She attended the Goodman Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago for one year, but left because of a policy forbidding her to take paid acting jobs while in school. Taylor has been acting in independent films since 1988 and went on to form her own theater company, Machine Full. In addition to acting in films, Taylor has also had roles on the New York City stage and television.
This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Literary Arts Institute and College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming.
In addition to the screening at CSB, there will be a screening of the film at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minn. Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, contact Mark Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.