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Online Filmmaker Q&A: “Bad Education” Director Cory Finley

29 Apr
Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm
SFFILM at Home

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Director Cory Finley is expected to participate in an online Q&A.


The moral implications of embezzling from a school district are immense, but that doesn’t stop Superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) or lead accountant Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney) from stealing millions. Turns out that Frank is hiding much more than just financial shenanigans as the so-incredible-it-has-to-be-true narrative unfolds. There are many elements to savor in the film, from Frank and Pam’s sputtering justifications for reprehensible behavior to Geraldine Viswanathan (Hala, Festival 2019) as Rachel, the high-school newspaper journalist who brings them down.

Bad Education allows Jackman to explore the profundity in the petty. As far as financial crimes in America go, former Roslyn school district superintendent Frank Tassone’s theft was relatively minor. (He did steal millions, though.) And yet, there was so much existential squirm behind his actions, this movie suggests, so much want and insecurity and indignant entitlement. It makes for a gripping character study, one that Jackman delves into with his usual full-bodied commitment.” –Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

Watch Bad Education on HBO after its premiere at 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 24, then join us for an in-depth conversation with director Cory Finley in which he will discuss the making of this remarkable film that was originally scheduled to close the 2020 SFFILM Festival.
Members who RSVP for this event will be sent a link via email one day in advance to register for the online session, which will be conducted with Zoom. We recommend that you download and install Zoom on your computer or mobile device in advance, and set yourself up with a free account. Attendees will have a chance to participate in the Q&A with a text chat function. Registration closes around one hour before the start of the event — be sure to register early!
We look forward to continuing to experiment with virtual events like this in the coming weeks — let us know how it goes and how we can improve the experience!
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Director Cory Finley

Cory Finley is a playwright, screenwriter, and director whose first feature was Thoroughbreds (2017), an adaptation of his own play and a Film Independent Spirit Awards nominee for Best First Screenplay. Bad Education is his second film.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 108

Country USA

Director Cory Finley

Producer Fred Berger, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Oren Moverman, Mike Makowsky

Writer Mike Makowsky

Editor Louise Ford

Cinematographer Lyle Vincent

Music Michael Abels

Cast Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano

Print Source HBO