Screening: Mr. Robot
in Conversation: Mr. robot star rami malek & creator Sam Esmail
St. Francis College, Founders Hall
Thursday, October 15, 4:30 to 6:00pm
180 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Court Streets), Brooklyn Heights
Described as “TV’s most beautifully byzantine mystery-thriller since Lost,” Mr. Robot tells the story of an introverted and disillusioned computer technician who joins a band of Anonymous-style hacktivists set on bringing down corporate America. Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail shares his favorite clips from season one for an intimate look at USA Network's surprise summer hit.
Students and faculty are free with proper ID. Seats are limited. RSVP today!
sam esmail creator / executive producer / writer, mr. robot
Sam Esmail serves as Creator, Executive Producer and Writer on the psychological thriller series MR. ROBOT, his first foray into television.
After graduating NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Esmail attended AFI's directing program where he received his MFA. In 2008, he wrote his first feature screenplay, “Sequels, Remakes & Adaptations,” which landed on the Black List, a survey taken by more than 600 production companies and film financier executives about their most liked screenplays. He followed that up a year later with his second Black List script, “Norm the Movie.” His feature directorial debut, “Comet,” was released through IFC last year.
rami malek, actor, mr. robot
Rami Malek stars as Elliot, a young and brilliant programmer, on USA Network’s psychological thriller series, MR. ROBOT.
Malek most recently starred in “Night at the Museum 3” opposite Ben Stiller. He has also appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.
Additional film credits include Spike Lee’s “Old Boy” opposite Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen, “Night at the Museum 1 & 2,” “Short Term 12,” directed by Destin Cretton and the DreamWorks feature “Need for Speed,” directed by Scott Waugh, in which he portrayed a car expert whose motivations hinge upon his sense of loyalty and justice.
Malek’s TV credits include memorable arcs on “24” as ‘Marcus Al-Zacar’ and “The Pacific” as ‘Snafu’ – a performance that garnered incredible reviews and led him being cast by Tom Hanks in “Larry Crowne” at Universal and ‘Bill Condon’ in the last installment of “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.”
moderator: cynthia littleton, managing editor, variety
Cynthia Littleton is Managing Editor, TV at Variety. She has covered the television beat for the past 20 years. She began her career at United Press International, followed by stints at Broadcasting & Cable magazine, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter, where she rose to Editor before rejoining Variety in 2007.
Cynthia is the author of TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet (Syracuse University Press, 2013), the definitive account of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike and the impact of the disruptive digital advancements that fueled the labor strife. She is also the co-author with Susanne Daniels of Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of the WB Network and UPN (HarperCollins, 2007).