creating gotham: screening and Q&A
Monday, November 14, 2016 6:30 to 8:00 pm
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Fox’s Batman prequel series uses the backdrop of New York to re-create the timeless noir look of the comic books and feature films that have shaped our image of Bruce Wayne’s hometown. Each scene is set in an old and new New York-like world—a metropolis at once familiar yet also distinctly its own place. As the show enters its third season, hear from the team responsible for creating the atmospheric look and feel of Gotham City. RSVP
ben mckenzie, actor, gotham
Ben McKenzie currently stars in Gotham as Detective James Gordon. McKenzie was born and raised in Austin, TX. Following his graduation from the University of Virginia, he moved to New York to find work as an actor. In 2003 he was cast as “Ryan Atwood” on FOX’s “The O.C.,” which ran for four seasons.
McKenzie has appeared in several films, including “Junebug,” with Amy Adams, and “88 Minutes,” starring Al Pacino. He also received praise for his solo turn in the independent film “Johnny Got His Gun,” based on a novel by Dalton Trumbo. In 2009, he returned to series television in “Southland,” executive-produced by John Wells. The critically acclaimed show ran for five seasons. McKenzie currently resides in New York.
Ken Woodruff, Executive Producer, gotham
Ken Woodruff has worked as a writer and producer on “The Mentalist” and “Shark.” He attended Riverside Community College and University of California San Diego before going on to work as a bartender, a lifeguard, a cook, a deckhand on a sport fishing boat and an unloader of boxes at Costco.
Woodruff was raised in San Bernardino and currently lives in Santa Monica with his wife and three children.
Moderator: Shruti Ganguly, co-founder, Fictionless
Shruti Ganguly is the co-founder and a partner at Fictionless, a film and video production company that focuses on digital series and branded content, narrative features, documentaries, and TV series with clients such as the United Nations, IMG, Sotheby's, ESPN, GE, Apple, NYU and the like.
Prior to Fictionless, she has run video departments and developed the video strategy at various media companies from MTV, to Condé Nast (crafting the CLIO-winning 73 Questions series), to being the VP of TV & Video at NYLON. Shruti has worked with James Franco and his Rabbit Bandini productions for the last four years on film and digital content, and produced feature films that have gone to Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, and so on. She is currently producing a feature with Keanu Reeves, and is developing several other scripted films and TV series. Shruti hails from India by way of Oman, and loves scrabble, popcorn and scuba diving, in no particular order.