All the Way with Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Jay Roach in 2016, ALL THE WAY stars Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Both the play and the film describe Johnson’s efforts to muster support from Congress and among the civil rights leaders (Martin Luther King Jr. is played by Anthony Mackie), for the Civil Rights Act; and to get it passed.
“In Cranston’s hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it”, wrote ‘New York Times’ television critic Neil Genzlinger when the film was released.
Robert Schenkkan is a playwright, screenwriter and actor. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1992 (for The Kentucky Cycle) and a Tony Award for Best Play for All the Way, in 2014. His films include the screenplay for The Quiet American (2002), based on Graham Greene’s novel and directed by Phillip Noyce, and Hacksaw Ridge, co-written with director Mel Gibson in 2016. Prior to his third Emmy nomination for adapting All the Way for 2016 HBO production, he had been nominated for two (out of four) episodes of the critically acclaimed miniseries The Pacific. The ambitious WWII drama produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in 2010, also earned Schenkkan a Writer’s Guild Award for Best Miniseries. Trekkies know Schenkkan better as Lieutenant Commander Dexter Remmick, a role he played in two episodes of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
This free screening benefits the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, but a suggested $15 donation would be most appreciated!