Summer 2015 Film Series

The Furman Film Series previews the best new independent films and studio releases, followed by Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals.

Wed Jun 3: A Brilliant Young Mind »
Thu Jun 18: Price for Freedom »
Wed Jul 1: TBA
Wed Jul 15: TBA
Wed Jul 29: Best of Enemies »
Wed Aug 12: Learning to Drive »

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Subscriber benefits include priority seating and the following movie night deals and discounts at these local restaurants (upon presentation of your subscriber card):

  • BURGER VILLAGE 66 Middle Neck Road: 15% off check
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  • GREAT NECK DINER 14 Grace Ave.: 15% off entire check, plus one complimentary glass of wine per person (one voucher per table only)
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When available, individual tickets are $15 ($10 students) when purchased in advance; tickets $20 at the door. Call (516) 829-2570 or purchase online.

Screenings take place at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (Click here for directions) at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:45pm for subscribers and 7:00pm for individual ticket holders.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, screenings will be held in Auditorium 5, which is UPSTAIRS. To avoid walking up stairs, you may enter this theater through the parking lot on Maple Drive. The entrance to the theater is to the right of the Gold Coast Arts Center entrance.


Directed by Morgan Matthews. UK, 2014, 111 min.

A young math genius sees logic thwarted by one truly baffling equation: love.

Teenage math prodigy Nathan (Asa Butterfield – Hugo, Boy in the Striped Pajamas) struggles when it comes to building relationships with other people, not least with his mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine, Happy Go Lucky). In a world difficult to comprehend, he finds comfort in numbers. And when Nathan is taken under the wing of an unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys (Rafe Spall – Life of Pi), the pair forge an unusual friendship. Eventually, Nathan’s talents win him a place on the UK National team at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) and the team travel to a training camp in Taiwan. In unfamiliar surroundings, Nathan is confronted by a series of unexpected challenges — not least the unfamiliar feelings he begins to experience for his Chinese counterpart, the beautiful Zhang Mei (Jo Yang), feelings that develop when the young mathematicians return to England for the IMO, held at Trinity College, Cambridge. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, this original and heart-warming film tracks the funny and complex relationships that Nathan builds, as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love.

“Deeply affecting and offers a spot-on portrait of autism and the bewitching world of math” – Hollywood Reporter
“A satisfying, compelling drama.” - Variety
“Impossibly charming” - the Playlist

Official Selection 2014 Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Rome Film Festival
Nominated for 4 British Independent Film Awards
Winner – Best Feature – Palm Beach International Film Festival

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door



Q&A with special guests: Author and subject of film Dr. Marc Benhuri and writer/producer Kenneth Del Vecchio

Directed by Dylan Bank. USA, 2015.

Based on the amazing true story and book by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom tells the epic story of one heroic man’s creation of an underground railroad to aid in the escape of Iranians from 1979 Iran following the Islamic Revolution.

The story centers on Dr. Victor Daniels (Navid Negahban, Homeland, American Sniper), an Iranian Jew who lived in peace and prosperity in Iran, first as dentist to the Shah (Paul Sorvino, Goodfellas, Nixon, The Firm) and then the owner who launched the largest automotive factories in Iran in the late 1970s. But just a few years into his success story, he watched the Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power, the exile of the Shah, and the murdering rampage the Ayatollah initiated throughout the country. Daniels’s factories were destroyed and over a hundred of his workers injured or killed. Daniels began to wage a private war against the radical Islamic leadership to save his family and friends from incarceration and certain death at the hands of the extremist regime. Along the way, he provided President Reagan key information to secure the release of American hostages. He served as the newly-elected President’s interpreter in negotiations with the Iranian ambassador in Switzerland.

Price for Freedom is one ordinary man’s extraordinary true story of courage, justice, and liberty in a fight against fundamentalist tyranny and oppression, a story that still resonates today.

Please note: this film contains violence

This event is underwritten by the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door


Directed by Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon. USA, 2015, 87 min.

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

Best of Enemies is a very entertaining, thought-provoking documentary that takes some of us back to the tumultuous sixties while providing historical insight for those of us who weren’t around back then. Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

“WICKEDLY ENTERTAINING. The directors avoid picking sides and instead enjoy the show.” – Kyle Smith, New York Post
“The best doc at Sundance. It rivetingly retraces how one heated rivalry sparked an entire culture of punditry.” – David Ehrlich, Time Out New York

Official Selection – 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection – 2015 South By Southwest

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door


Directed by Isabel Coixet. USA, 2014, 105 min.

Inspired by a true story, LEARNING TO DRIVE stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley in a feel-good comedy about an improbable friendship.

Wendy Shields is a book editor from New York facing a marriage crisis. Darwan Singh Tur is a driving instructor from India with an abiding respect for tradition. When Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she hits a unique roadblock – she never learned to drive. She hires Darwan, a driving instructor and part-time cabdriver, to teach her. They form an unlikely bond that inspires each to embrace the humor, freedom, and strength that come with starting anew.

Runner-Up, People’s Choice Awards – 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection – 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door

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