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The Paley Center for Media Presents “R.J. Cutler on Film & Television”

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

August 5 to 9, 2009
Exclusively in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA— In advance of the theatrical release of his latest project The September Issue, The Paley Center for Media celebrates the film and television work of R.J. Cutler by presenting “R.J. Cutler on Film & Television”—retrospective screenings of select works chosen by the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker. The retrospective will launch Wednesday, August 5 with a special preview screening of The September Issue, a behind-the-scenes look at legendary fashion editor Anna Wintour and the inner workings of her influential magazine, Vogue, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. Retrospective screenings will be featured daily starting Thursday, August 6 through Sunday, August 9, and will include episodes of acclaimed series including American High, 30 Days, and Bound for Glory, in addition to theatrical and television documentaries, including the animated Shay’s Rebellion and the world premiere screening of Coach K, Cutler’s portrait of legendary Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzysewski. Projects will also be added to the Paley Center’s collection of nearly 150,000 television, radio, and new media programs available for viewing at facilities in Los Angeles and New York. For complete schedule of screenings, visit

“This is a particular honor, as the Paley Center has served as such a valuable resource for me over the years” noted Cutler. “It was at New York’s Paley Center, in fact, back in 1992  (when it was called The Museum of Television & Radio) that I first discovered the classic Drew Associates documentary, Crisis, the story of Jack and Bobby Kennedy’s showdown with then-Governor George Wallace over Wallace’s refusal to allow African-American students to register at the University of Alabama. I remember sitting in the viewing booth, watching this 1963 film with amazement, moved to tears. That film became my inspiration for making a movie about the 1992 presidential election, indeed for my entire filmmaking career. Without the exhaustive resource of the Paley Center, it’s a film I might never have seen.”

For the retrospective series, Cutler has selected some of his favorite films and television programs, separated into four categories: Nonfiction Drama Series (August 6), Formatted Shows (August 7), Television Documentaries (August 8), and Theatrical Documentaries (August 9).

Schedule for “R.J. Cutler on Film & Television” Follows*:

Preview: The September Issue
August 5 at 7:00 pm
A conversation with R.J. Cutler will follow the screening

The Non-Fiction Drama Series—August 6
2:30 pm American High, 2000     Episode: “Who Am I?” (22 mins)
3:00 pm Freshman Diaries, 2002     Episode: “Brave New World” (30 mins)
3:30 pm Military Diaries, 2003     Episode: “Life of a Soldier” (22 mins)
4:00 pm The Residents, 2004      Episode: “Domino Effect” (44 mins)

The Formatted Shows—August 7
1:00 pm 30 Days, 2006     Episode: “Immigration” (44 mins)
2:00 pm Black.White., 2006  Episode: “Episode One” (44 mins)
3:00 pm American Candidate, 2004 Episode: “Episode One” (44 mins)
4:00 pm Bound for Glory, 2005 Episode: “Episode One” (44 mins)

The Television Documentaries—August 8
12:15 pm Coach K* - World Premiere, 2006 (44 mins)
1:00 pm Making Dazed, 2005 (44 mins)
2:00 pm Shay’s Rebellion, 2006 (44 mins)   
3:00 pm Thin, 2006 (96 mins)

The Theatrical Documentaries—August 9
1:00 pm The War Room, 1993 (90 mins)
3:00 pm A Perfect Candidate, 1996 (95 mins)

*Schedule subject to change. For updated information, please visit


The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. The Paley Center was founded in 1976 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit