An Evening with Illeana Douglas

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Cover of the book Connecticut in the Movies by Illeana Douglas

An Evening with Illeana Douglas

Join Emmy-nominated actress, writer, producer, and director Illeana Douglas for a look back at her career and a chat about her new book Connecticut in the Movies – featuring a 1968 classic starring Burt Lancaster – The Swimmer.

The Swimmer. 196895 m. dir. Frank Perry. Sony Pictures Releasing. Rated PG.

Filmed in Westport, Connecticut and based on the story by John Cheever, Frank Perry’s The Swimmer follows Ned (Burt Lancaster) as he embarks on a mission to swim through each swimming pool in his neighborhood. Driven by the idea that he can swim through his neighbors’ pools back to his house, Ned wades through his own midlife crisis and the neighborhood’s gossip.

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Copies of Illeana’s new book will be available for purchase courtesy of The Village Bookstore – THE PERFECT PRESENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!


An Evening with Illeana Douglas, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Tuesday, Dec. 12 2023, 7:00
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  • Illeana Douglas is an Emmy-nominated actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for playing fearless and outspoken characters in films like Goodfellas, Cape Fear, To Die For, Grace of My Heart, Picture Perfect, Stir of Echoes, and Ghost World, and on TV in The Larry Sanders Show, Action, Six Feet Under, Entourage, Welcome to Sweden, Shrill, and Goliath. She wrote, produced, starred, and frequently directed the multi-award-winning, first-ever branded web series, Easy to Assemble. Illeana is the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award–winning actor Melvyn Douglas. As part of the Turner Classic Movies family, she’s interviewed a pantheon of cinema greats, hosted Funny Ladies and Trailblazing Women, and participated in scores of film documentaries, including CNN: The Movies, 78/52, Greatest Cult Films of All Time, The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh, and Kino Lorber’s Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, which she executive-produced and hosted. She’s also a regular contributor to Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell. Her first book, I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies, received a Kirkus review, and was named “Best Pop Culture Book of 2015” by Entertainment Weekly and one of the “Best New Books” (2015) by People magazine.
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