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About Talk Cinema

Talk Cinema, Inc., co-founded in 1992 by Harlan and Susan Jacobson, is the nation’s most inclusive and longest running sneak preview and discussion program with thousands of attendees in 11 major U.S. metropolitan areas.  Talk Cinema’s mission and the basis of our longevity is that our audiences get to be among the first to see a new movie and discuss with special guests – seeing films the way critics and industry insiders get to do at film festivals.

Talk Cinema offers a curated series of surprises selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson.  The films included in the program may be an indie comedy, a provocative documentary, a foreign language Oscar-nominee or the next breakout hit.  Screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers.

Talk Cinema audiences were among the first to screen I, Daniel Blake, Toni Erdmann, I Am Not Your Negro, Land of Mine, The Ottoman Lieutenant, Frantz, Graduation, and Moscow Never Sleeps.  Theeb, Flowers, Mediterranea, The Lady in the Van, 45 Years, A War, Viva, Eye in the Sky, Art Bastard, Dheepan, Presenting Princess Shaw, The Clouds of Sils Maria, Nightcrawler, Timbuktu, White God, 1001 Grams, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, and The Farewell Party.And in previous seasons previews included -- Blue is the Warmest Color, Lunchbox, Le Weekend, Ida, The Last Sentence, Tim's Vermeer, The Great Beauty, The German Doctor, Obvious Child,  Finding Vivian Maier, ,Locke, Silver Linings Playbook, The Other Son, Barbara, Quartet, Blancanieves, Renoir, The Attack, Twenty Feet From Stardom, The Artist,  Le Havre, Melancholia, Habemus Papam, Monsieur Lazhar,  and Two Days in New York among thousands of titles.

Talk Cinema regularly features guest speakers include Boston Globe’s Ty Burr, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, NPR's Bob Mondello, Facets Multi-Media Founder Milos Stehlik, The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Steven Rea, Programming Consultant Laura Blum, New York Times contributor Glenn Kenny, Fordham University’s Brian Rose, Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sheryl Mousley, film curator at The Walker Art Center,  Euan Kerr of Minnesota Public Radio, Loyola University Lecturer Zbigniew Banas,Dean Otto, Film Curator of the Speed Museum, and Columbia College Professor and screenwriter Ron Falzone to name a few.

You may Talk Cinema in Boston, Bryn Mawr, Chicago, Highland Park, Louisville, Minneapolis, New York's Lincoln Center, Westchester County in Port Chester, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and Washington, DC (in Bethesda).