Screening and Q&A: The Americans
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30pm
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Aves)
Set in a time of leg warmers and Cold War–chill, The Americans follows two Soviet spies (Felicity’s Keri Russell and Brothers & Sisters’ Matthew Rhys) undercover as a happily married couple trying to steal U.S. secrets and blend seamlessly into American suburban life of the 1980s. Vividly detailed, the show captures Reagan-era politics and pop culture with equal brilliance. Creative team members Joe Weisberg—himself a former CIA officer—and Joel Fields screen an episode and take you behind the scenes of crafting FX’s critically acclaimed, enthralling espionage period drama. RSVP before it's too late!
noah emmerich, "Agent Stan Beeman", The americans
Noah Emmerich currently plays FBI Agent “Stan Beeman” opposite Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys on FX’s critically acclaimed drama series The Americans. He also recently appeared to great acclaim as “Dr. Jenner” in Frank Darabont’s breakout hit The Walking Dead. He’s guest starred on shows including The West Wing, Monk and White Collar. His recent stage work includes Stephen Belber’s Fault Lines at the Cherry Lane and the Kennedy Center’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Patricia Clarkson.
Emmerich’s breakout performance was in Ted Demme’s cult hit Beautiful Girls (Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon). His next role, opposite Jim Carrey in Peter Weir’s Academy Award®-nominated The Truman Show, firmly established his outstanding talent. Emmerich’s film work includes Todd Field’s Academy Award-nominated Little Children (Kate Winslet), J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, Gavin O’Connor’s Pride & Glory (Edward Norton, Colin Farrell), Doug Liman’s Fair Game (Naomi Watts, Sean Penn), Sympathy for Delicious (Mark Ruffalo), Miracle (Kurt Russell), Frequency (Dennis Quaid), Beyond Borders (Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen), Windtalkers (Nicolas Cage), Life (Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence), Copland (Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel) and Warrior (Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton). He recently finished shooting Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got A Gun, starring Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton.
Emmerich received an honors degree in History from Yale University and studied filmmaking at New York University.
Joe Weisberg, Creator/Executive Producer/Writer, the americans
Joe Weisberg grew up in Chicago. He worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the early 1990s. After leaving the Agency, he wrote the novels 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. He was staff writer on the first two seasons of TNT’s Falling Skies. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Joel Fields, Executive Producer/Writer, the americans
Prior to The Americans, Joel Fields served as a writer/executive producer on the first two seasons of TNT’s show Rizzoli & Isles. He also served as a writer/executive producer on ABC’s Golden Globe–winning series Ugly Betty and on the FX series Dirt, starring Courteney Cox. Other writing credits include Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar; Commander In Chief, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Series of 2005-2006; and Over There, Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed series about the war in Iraq.
J. Max Robins: moderator, Executive Director, Center for Communication
J.Max Robins is a veteran editor and media business executive with extensive management and marketing expertise across platforms. Before joining the Center for Communication, Max was the Vice President/Executive Director of the Paley Center. Prior to this, Max was the editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, where he oversaw a relaunch of B&C across platforms.