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Albany Film Festival spotlight: Novelist Wally Lamb and director Derek M. Cianfrance

“With I Know This Much Is True, there’s a lot of grief in this story, but you can’t have grief without love. Just like you can’t have sorrow without joy."

Derek M. Cianfrance, director


Join us at the Albany Film for a conversation with novelist Wally Lamb and director Derek M. Cianfrance discussing their collaboration on the HBO production of Lamb's novel I Know This Much is True.


1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2022

Campus Center West Auditorium, University at Albany

Free and open to the public

www.albanyfilmfestival.org


Based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, and starring Mark Ruffalo, the HBO series "I Know This Much is True" -- a 2021 Golden Globe nominee -- follows Dominick Birdsey as he struggles to care for his twin brother, Thomas, while discovering the truth about his own family history.


About Derek M. Cianfrance

Derek M. Cianfrance is a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and editor. He is best known for writing and directing the films "Blue Valentine," "The Place Beyond the Pines," (filmed in Schenectady and Scotia); and "The Light Between Oceans," as well as "I Know This Much is True."


For his contributions to the story of "Sound of Metal," he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with its director Darius Marder and Abraham Marder.



About Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels: I’ll Take You There, We Are Water, Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much is True, and She’s Come Undone, and was twice selected for Oprah’s Book Club.


Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he volunteered for 20 years.



​Speaking of Wally Lamb's novel, Cianfrance has said, “With I Know This Much Is True, there’s a lot of grief in this story, but you can’t have grief without love. Just like you can’t have sorrow without joy."



Watch the first episode free.

https://www.hbo.com/i-know-this-much-is-true