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SVA Presents Ralph Appelbaum's Filmmakers Dialogue

  • Preview important new studio and independent releases and meet the films' actors, directors, writers and producers
  • Participants have met and spoken with more than 1,000 movie greats
  • Recent screenings have included Academy Award winners Green Book and Roma, The Irishman, Marriage Story, Little Women, The Two Popes, 1917, Richard Jewell, First Man, Hotel Mumbai, Capernaum, Stan & Ollie, A Private War, Colette, Leave No Trace, Puzzle, What We Had, Wildlife, At Eternity's Gate, The Climb and The Roads Not Taken.


Ten evenings plus bonus screenings. New films and classics to celebrate the 41st Anniversary of the series.


Dates for Class

Tuesdays, February 9th – April 13th. 10 sessions.

Dates Subject to Change


Class is given online. Students may be required to provide a valid email address and current cell phone number to enable access to film screening links.


If you were registered for Filmmakers Dialogue in the spring 2020 semester and were awarded a credit that you did not use in the fall 2020 semester, please complete this form to request to be registered for the spring 2021 Filmmakers Dialogue course using your credit.


  • Program Details

    Most avid filmgoers are critics, but there's nobody to sound off to. Imagine being in a theater after previewing a major new film, the lights go up, and in front of you are the creators of the film.


    Welcome to Ralph Appelbaum's Filmmakers Dialogue, New York's premier film preview series. Now celebrating its 40th year. Virtual edition.


    For 10 weeks — without waiting in line (except maybe for popcorn) — you can preview important new studio and independent releases and meet the films' actors, directors, writers and producers.


    Since launching Filmmakers Dialogue in 1980, with a showing of The Elephant Man at the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, to an audience of 100 New York film lovers and a post-screening discussion with director David Lynch, producer Jonathan Sanger and actor John Hurt, the series has been a special venue for previewing the best new films and discussing the creative process with the filmmakers themselves.


    Our loyal film fans have been rewarded over the years with such important movies as Unbroken, Blackhat, Testament of Youth, Not Fade AwayHitchcock127 Hours, Win Win, Blue Valentine, Hereafter, Million Dollar Baby, The Wrestler, Noah, The Sea Inside, Out of Africa, Terms of Endearment, Gorillas in the Mist, Field of Dreams, Scarface, In the Name of the Father, Sea of Love, Casino, The Crying Game, Tootsie, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Traffic, Good Will Hunting, Platoon, Jerry Maguire, Pretty Woman, Schindler's List, Mystic River, Jarhead, American Splendor, Vera Drake, A Beautiful Mind and Zero Dark Thirty.

  • Notable Participants