Actor Ethan Hawke visits 92Y on Thursday, March 17 at 8 pm with his new film, the Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue. Following a preview screening, Hawke discusses the film and his career with 92Y Reel Pieces moderator Annette Insdorf.
Tickets can be purchased online at 92y.org, or via phone, 212.415.5500.
Fresh from directing the documentary Seymour:An Introduction, Hawke is back playing the jazz trumpet icon Chet Baker. Born to Be Blue (in theaters on March 25) is a cinematic riff on musical genius — undermined by drug addiction — set in the late 1950s when Baker was being compared to Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie (both of whom are portrayed in the film). Carmen Ejogo gives a soulful performance as the loving woman who tries to keep Baker away from heroin.
As Stephen Dalton wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, “[Hawke] gives an unshowy and vanity-free performance, all soft-spoken mischief and brittle arrogance, but laced with just enough blood, sweat and tears."
In addition to receiving an Oscar nomination for Richard Linklater's Boyhood in 2015, Ethan Hawke starred in Good Kill, 10,000 Saints, and the upcoming Maggie's Plan. His previous films include Dead Poets' Society, Training Day, Gattaca, and Linklater's "Before" Trilogy.
Annette Insdorf—Columbia University Film professor and author—has been bringing audiences the best in film for 35 years, including previews of Oscar winners Spotlight and Birdman.
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