First Friday Film screens ‘Plimpton!’
Rockland — The First Friday Film series, a co-presentation of the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre, will screen "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself” Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St.
“Plimpton!” tells the story of George Plimpton — writer, editor, amateur sportsman and friend to many. Using Plimpton’s own narration, along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries, the film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man.
Plimpton hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, got Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. He also co-founded The Paris Review, which became one of the most influential literary magazines in history, launching the careers of generations of writers, from Philip Roth and Terry Southern to William Styron and Jay McInerney.
Filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling have researched and catalogued Plimpton’s life and his work. They interviewed people from every aspect of Plimpton’s life in order to tell the story of this one-of-a-kind person. Both The Paris Review and Plimpton’s family generously collaborated to support the production of the film and they have provided a bounty of previously unseen material, which will surprise even the most die-hard Plimpton fans.
First Friday Films are co-curated by the Farnsworth and the Strand and presented on the First Friday of the month, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets are $8.50, $7.50 for Farnsworth members. The film, which was screened during this year’s Camden International Film Festival, is not rated. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070; or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.