Greenwich Time: JCC to hold sneak preview of film “Indignation”

Published Monday, July 11, 2016
by Peregrine Frissell

GREENWICH - The Jewish Community Center of Greenwich has sold out its sneak preview of the film “Indignation,” an adaptation of the 2008 novel by Phillip Roth.

Program Director of JCC Greenwich Laura Blum said Greenwich can be an attractive place for filmmakers to hold previews such as this one. The film is slate to be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwich Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas.

“Greenwich is this audience that reads and is engaged culturally,” Blum said. “In this case, a filmmaker can come, present a film and know that this is an influential community of cultural auditors. It’s disproportionate to its size.”

Blum said a lot of the buzz has come because many area book clubs have read Roth’s work.

The event includes a discussion session with filmmaker James Schamus, who has previously worked as a producer and writer for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and the 2003 “Hulk” movie.

Blum said Schamus has never come to Greenwich for a sneak preview and discussion. But one of his earlier successful films, “The Ice Storm,” took place in New Canaan so he is no stranger to the area.

“He’s a real force to reckon with, and of course he’s a Columbia professor,” Blum said. “Anybody who can see him will find it a memorable experience.”

“Indignation” follows Jewish teenager Marcus Messer on his journey to adulthood in the Northeast during the early 50s.

Messer, played by Logan Lerman, leaves his family in Newark, N.J., to escape the pressures of his home and expectations that he work in a family-owned kosher butcher shop.

He heads to a conservative college in Ohio, where, like many college students, he’s pushed in new ways when he falls for a woman. His life takes an unexpected turn when he begins to butt heads with the conservative college administration.

“Indignation” received good reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Greenwich is home to one of the few previews in the tri-state area.

Blum said that, while the event is sold out, there is a chance that seats will become available at the door.

The movie will be released to theaters on July 29.