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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 and At Eternity’s Gate.


Ten evenings plus bonus screenings. Seating is limited and early registration is suggested.

Dates for Class

Tuesdays, March 3 – May 13 (Wednesdays)

Dates Subject to Change

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 35th year.


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.