Saturday, October 27, 2012

Robert Zemeckis Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image

New York, NY – October 26, 2012 – Academy Award-winning® director Robert Zemeckis has been at the helm of some of the most entertaining, inventive, and critically acclaimed movies of the past three decades, including Romancing the Stone, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away.

On the occasion of his latest film, Paramount Pictures’s Flight, which Peter Travers of Rolling Stone has said “Flight is Zemeckis at his most emotionally open and thematically provocative,” the prolific filmmaker will be joined by the film’s screenwriter John Gatins, and stars Denzel Washington and John Goodman for a special Q&A on Monday, October 29 as part of the Museum of the Moving Image’s four-film retrospective of Zemeckis’s work, taking place October 28 through November 4, 2012.

“As dazzling as his films can be, they are also marked by a mastery of cinematic language, and surprising emotional depth,” said Chief Curator David Schwartz. “His latest film, Flight, is both an action thriller and an intense and deeply moving character study with a bracing, audacious performance by Denzel Washington.”

The special screening of Flight, will take place at The Ziegfeld and is by invitation only. Museum members may reserve tickets by calling 718 777 6800. To learn about Museum membership and to join, go online to or call 718 777 6877.

The other films in the retrospective—Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, and Cast Away—will screen at the Museum. Tickets for these screenings are included with Museum admission, which is free for Museum members.

Press Contact: Tomoko Kawamoto, / 718 777 6830


Unless otherwise noted, film screenings take place in the Main Theater and in the Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, and are included with Museum admission.

All films directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Forrest Gump

1994, 142 mins. With Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field. The slow-witted Forrest Gump floats through his life—and a tumultuous period in American history—somehow showing up as a bit player in one iconic moment after another. One of the most acclaimed and successful films of the past 20 years, and the focus of intense critical debate, Forrest Gump is both a technical marvel and a compelling blend of comedy and drama. Screenplay by Eric Roth. Based on the Novel by Winston Groom.



With a Q&A with Robert Zemeckis, Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and John Gatins At the Ziegfeld, 141 West 54 Street, Manhattan

2012, 135 mins. With Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Tamara Tunie, Nadine Velazquez, Peter Gerety, Garcelle Beauvais, Melissa Leo. In Zemeckis’s action-packed and powerful mystery thriller, Academy Award®-winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly everyone on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, questions arise as to who or what was at fault and what really happened on that plane. A Q&A with Zemeckis, Washington, John Goodman, and screenwriter John Gatins follows the screening.

Back to the Future

1985, 116 mins. With Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson. In this rollicking time-travel story about a 1980s teenager who travels back to the 1950s, where he must arrange his parents’ meeting, director Robert Zemeckis perfectly balances science fiction, spectacle, comedy, action, and emotional depth.

Cast Away

2000, 143 mins. With Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt. An executive for Federal Express survives a plane crash and winds up on a remote Pacific island, where he must learn how to survive. Hanks’s tour de force performance captures the grueling physical journey as well as the complex emotional transformation. As with Zemeckis’s best films, this is a cinematic triumph that is as deeply moving as it is entertaining. Written by William Broyles, Jr.

Museum of the Moving Image ( advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In January 2011, the Museum reopened after a major expansion and renovation that nearly doubled its size. Accessible, innovative, and forward-looking, the Museum presents exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and maintains a collection of moving-image related artifacts.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Monday except for holiday openings

Film Screenings: Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and as scheduled. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are included with Museum admission.

Museum Admission: $12.00 for adults (18+); $9.00 for senior citizens and for students (13+) with ID; $6.00 for children ages 3-12. Children under 3 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for special screenings and events may be purchased in advance by phone at 718 777 6800 or online.

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