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Screenwriter to discuss 'Place Beyond the Pines"

November 1, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 01--ALBANY -- Screenwriter and filmmaker Ben Coccio will talk about the film "The Place Beyond the Pines" after a special screening at the University at Albany.

The film, directed by Derek Cianfrance and co-written by Coccio, a Niskayuna native, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., on the UAlbany downtown campus.

Coccio will provide commentary and answer questions following the screening. He also will hold an informal seminar on screenwriting at 4:15 p.m. Nov. 15 in Science Library Room 340 on the UAlbany uptown campus.

The free events are sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series.

"The Place Beyond the Pines," filmed in and around Schenectady in 2012, stars Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper.

The film locations include the Schenectady Police Department, City Hall and high school, First National Bank of Scotia, Trustco Bank, Ellis Hospital, the Route 7 Diner in Latham and the Altamont Fair.

Coccio studied film at the Rhode Island School of Design, and wrote and directed the short film "5:45 A.M.," which was showcased at the London International Film Festival and subsequently received a theatrical release.

"Zero Day," his award-winning first feature as director, which he wrote with his brother Christopher, was a hit on the festival circuit, winning the top prize and/or audience award at the Florida Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival, among others. It earned Coccio an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the "Someone to Watch" prize.

For information, contact the Writers Institute at 442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.

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