Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Author Fran Lebowitz at BMFI’s Screening of New Scorsese Documentary PUBLIC SPEAKING

May 13, 2011

Bryn Mawr, PAFamed New York author and personality Fran Lebowitz will answer questions after a screening of Public Speaking, Martin Scorsese’s new documentary about her, at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00pm.

Public Speaking follows celebrated writer Fran Lebowitz through the streets of New York and at various literary events as she expresses her famously outspoken views on everything from gender and race to writer’s block and New York City. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film is shot with the energy of his early streets-of-New-York style documentaries, and features both new and archival footage of Lebowitz and her literary friends. Produced by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, Public Speaking was nominated for Best Documentary at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and originally aired on HBO. The film is not rated and runs 84 minutes.

Following the screening, Fran Lebowitz will answer questions from the audience. Lebowitz arrived on the New York literary scene in the 1970s when she was hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview magazine. Since then she has cultivated a career as an acclaimed writer known for her sardonic wit and her unique voice in the literary community. Her first collection of essays, Metropolitan Life, was published in 1978, followed by a second collection, Social Studies, in 1981. She has made recurring appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and Law and Order, and in 2007 was named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair. Funny and wise, chic and candid, Lebowitz has become a legendary New York writer and personality with a devoted following.

Tickets for Public Speaking are $10.00 general admission, $7.00 for seniors (65 and up) or students with ID, and $5.00 for Bryn Mawr Film Institute members. Purchase tickets in advance at the Box Office, or online at For a full schedule of upcoming events and classes, visit

About Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater and transforming it into the region’s preeminent film entertainment and education center. Founded in 2002 by Main Line academic, business, and civic leaders, Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a daily program of first-run and repertory art and independent films and provides a comprehensive film studies curriculum, including courses, workshops, discussions, guest lecturers, visual literacy programs, and student screening opportunities. To learn about upcoming events or find news about the theater’s restoration project, visit, or write to



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