How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer at Film Forum Opening June 28th




Norman Mailer. Image via Film Forum.

How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer will open at Film Forum on Friday, June 28th. Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, the film is 102 minutes in length.

There will be a Q&A with Filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist, Susan Mailer, and Writer/Producer Vicki Marquette on June 28th at 7:30pm, c0-presented by Dissent Magazine.

On Saturday, June 29th at 5:30pm, there will be a Q&A with Filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Mailer, and Mailer Biographer Michael Lennon. This is co-presented by LitHub.

On Sunday, June 30th, at 2:50pm, How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer will be introduced by John Buffalo Mailer and Barbara Mailer Wasserman.

Showtimes and Tickets Here

“There is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.”

“The mark of mediocrity is to look for precedent.”

Such were the mantras and motivations, for better or worse, of Norman Mailer—hailed as the new Tolstoy at age 25 with the publication of his first book The Naked and the Dead, author of 11 best-sellers, winner of multiple Pulitzers and a National Book Award, and canonized for some as the last major American public intellectual.

Equally infamous — for stabbing his second wife (of six) and ensuing psychiatric treatment, running unsuccessfully for mayor of NYC, antagonizing feminism, and courting Hollywood fame with his directorial flop MAIDSTONE in which he also starred — Mailer’s life and work are compellingly interwoven in this intimate documentary portrait that investigates the literary lion’s spectacular flaws, along with his passion for rigorously staking out unpopular positions. With never-before-seen archival material (including a legendary on-set row involving Mailer, Rip Torn, and a hammer), and interviews with ex-wives, children, and luminaries who knew him including Oliver Stone, John Waters, and James Wolcott.

Film forum is located at 209 West Houston Street, NYC.

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