The Forty-Year-Old Version, A conversation with award-winning film director Radha Blank and award-winning actress Anna Maria Horsford
Wednesday, February 3
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
In the film The Forty-Year-Old Version, a desperate for a breakthrough as she nears the big 4-0, struggling New York City playwright Radha finds inspiration by reinventing herself as a rapper. Join the film’s director Radha Blank and award-winning actress Anna Maria Horsford as they discuss the creative process, ideas and themes in the film.
Radha Blank is a director, performer, writer, and proud native New Yorker. Winner of the 2020 Sundance Vanguard Award, Blank’s debut feature The Forty Year Old Version is one of the most acclaimed debuts of the year for which she was awarded the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Directing Award, Gotham Award for Best Screenplay, and many others. A Helen Merrill Award recipient, Radha’s acclaimed play Seed was deemed “fresh, lively...and poetic” by HuffPost. She’s since written for Empire (Fox) and She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix). @fortyyearoldversionfilm
Anna Maria Horsford, award-winning actress, has had a busy Pandemic summer, appearing in tv’s The Connors, Pose, with Billy Porter, and the upcoming rom-com, Vacation Friends starring Lil Rel Howrey and Yvonne Orji. Best known to tv audiences as Thelma on Amen, Dee on The Wayans, and her unforgettable portrayal of Ice Cube’s mother in the Friday trilogy, her career spans genres. She’s performed in everything from Daytime Soaps (The Bold and the Beautiful, for which she received two Emmy nominations) to mega-hits on the Broadway stage. She’s also a member of the Director’s Guild of America. @annamariahorsford
Presented by Center for Black Visual Culture/IAAA, Co-sponsored by Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 370J Project, and Africana Studies/Dept of SCA