Thursday February 28, 2013

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents its March Film Series, "Under the Influence," featuring four pioneering indie films by actor and director John Cassavetes, curated and hosted by Brattleboro native Clark Glennon, on Thursdays at 7 p.m., at Next Stage in Putney. Tickets are by a suggested donation of $5.

The schedule includes:

* March 7 - "Faces" (1968)

* March 14 - "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974)

* March 21 - "Opening Night" (1977)

* March 28 - "Gloria" (1980)

Cassavetes, though perhaps better known as an actor (in such films as "Rosemary’s Baby"), was one of the most talented American filmmakers of the 20th century, and is widely regarded as the godfather of American independent film. Gena Rowlands is one of the greatest American actresses of all time, and worked with Cassavetes (her husband) in 10 films. Come see Rowlands’ explosive performances and Cassavetes’ masterful direction, and witness the most fruitful director-actress partnership in American film history.

Series host Glennon is an undergraduate film student at Columbia University. He was born and raised in Brattleboro and was involved in theater and music. He was first exposed to John Cassavetes via the 1971 romantic comedy "Minnie and Moskowitz," co-starring Rowlands and Seymour Cassel.

For more information, visit www.nextstagearts.org.