Master Class with Philip Kaufman + The Right Stuff

Co-presented by the Writers Guild Foundation

VIP tickets include preferred seating and entry to a private pre-reception with Philip Kaufman at 11:45am.

Philip Kaufman’s career as a writer and director has spanned over fifty years and multiple genres. After his 1964 debut film Goldstein showcased his innovative style, he went on to demonstrate his versatility by writing and directing westerns (The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid), coming-of-age comedies (The Wanderers), provocative literary dramas (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Henry and June), horror (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and thrillers (Quills, Rising Sun). Kaufman achieved peak critical acclaim when he wrote and directed the film adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff, which went on to win four Academy Awards and a nomination for Best Picture. Most recently, Kaufman wrote and directed HBO’s Hemingway & Gelhorn, which was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmys.

In this special Master Class co-hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation, Kaufman discusses his prolific career, his rich and reflective filmmaking style, and his sharp skill for adaptation.

The Right Stuff
Adapted from Tom Wolfe’s 1979 best-selling book of the same name, The Right Stuff tells a quintessentially American tale: of seven military pilots turned astronauts. Project Mercury, the first manned spaceflight by the United States is the pièce de résistance in this history of flight that stretches back to the Navy, Marine, and Air Force pilots that came before flying included trips to space. Filled with stars (luminous spheres of plasma) and stars (Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey), The Right Stuff is a film as novelistic and landmark as the true story it adapts.

Dir. Philip Kaufman, 1983, 35mm, 193 min.