Al Pacino To Appear in US Theaters Exclusive One Night Event





NEW YORK, N.Y., March 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®, one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, has partnered with the nation's leading independent cinemas to present live, national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC's Popcorn, along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of BBC, More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show. The series presents live, interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.

We're excited to announce our next NYFCS film screening will be Bleecker Street's "DANNY COLLINS". The pre-release screening and event will take place captured live throughout the country on Tuesday March 24th, 2015. The event will feature a captured live broadcast with Al Pacino. Citi® is the Official Card of this event.

DANNY COLLINS is inspired by a true story about an aging rock star who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon. Starring: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannivale. Written and directed by Dan Fogelman. The movie features songs by John Lennon.

The NYFCS® event will include an exclusive, captured live, interactive, HD Simulcast to 50 U.S. locations. The series takes place exclusively in theaters and is never available on TV or the internet. US Locations

Up until now, live talent has only been accessible to the public in NY, LA and at festivals. Now everyone throughout the country can enjoy up close and personal moments from major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Regional preview screenings are happening all the time, but never with a live, talent conversation component. This is a comprehensive, industry wide turn-key marketing tool complete with robust media and in-theater assets to 400+ screens.

A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in 50 select major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q &A sessions, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each film in the screening series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see the best films prior to their release followed by live, HD Q &A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two-way simulcast.

This is the first ever live national in-theater screening series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US. Citi® Private Pass® is sponsoring this NYFCS® event. This relationship was arranged by The Erlick Group a leading NYC-based entertainment sponsorship agency that has represented leading properties in film, music, theatre and venues for the past 22 years.


Al Pacino – DANNY COLLINS 3/24
Russell Crowe – WATER DIVINER – 4/23
Jennifer Anniston – CAKE
Shirley MacLaine – ELSA & FRED
Rob Reiner – AND SO IT GOES
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) – WHAT IF
Gillian Flynn –GONE GIRL
James Franco – CHILD OF GOD
Andy Garcia – AT MIDDLETON
Tom Hardy (Bain from BATMAN) – LOCKE
Jon Favreau – CHEF
Felicity Huffman – BREATHE
David O. Russell – Director AMERICAN HUSTLE

About The New York Film Critics Series®:

Peter Travers, Host: Peter is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and Travers joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with People. He's best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to, Travers is the nation's most blurbed film critic. Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.

Alison Bailes, Co-Host: Alison is the film critic for BBC, More Magazine and a contributing critic for "Ebert Presents at the Movies" on PBS. She appears on NBC's Today Show as a film critic and industry reporter. Alison also appears regularly on Charlie Rose along with A.O. Scott of the NY times and others. She guest hosts the New York Film Critics Series® and maintains her own film website:

From 2005-2009 Alison co-hosted the NBC Universal weekly movie review show "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk". She and Jeffrey Lyons shared their different perspectives on the latest film and DVD releases, gave viewers the latest news from the box office and reported on industry trends. "Reel Talk" also featured celebrity interviews. Prior to joining WNBC, Alison created "At The Angelika" for the Independent Film Channel. She wrote, produced and hosted this monthly look at the independent film scene, which later became known as "At The IFC Center." Previously, Alison was a senior producer of the weekly film magazine show, "Flix" on VH1. She began her career at CNN, working for their daily entertainment news show "Showbiz Today." A UK native, Alison has lived in the United States since 1989. She graduated from Oxford University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German Literature.

Independent Theaters: The NYFCS® network of U.S. theaters are independent partners that are dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience that is available in domestic, independent cinema today.

Bleecker Street Media, LLC is a film studio dedicated to bringing smart and inviting entertainment to discerning audiences. Upcoming releases include: Danny Collins, directed by Dan Fogelman (writer of Crazy, Stupid, Love), starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening,Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer; I'll See You In My Dreams, directed by Brett Haley, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Ackerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place; Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross (28 HOTEL ROOMS), starring Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, and Steve Zahn; Pawn Sacrifice, directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond), starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Sarsgaard; and Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach (Game Change), starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, and Elle Fanning.