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Albany, Noir, and the Movies: A Conversation with Miles Peyrafitte-Joris


Join us for a Visual Cultures Lab event with filmmaker Miles Peyrafitte-Joris, who will talk about his career in the movies, including his directing The Good Mother, starring Hilary Swank and Olivia Cooke, released in theaters on September 1.


A Conversation with Miles Peyrafitte-Joris

3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8

Humanities 354

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany NY 12222

Free and open to the public.


As a native of Albany, Peyrafitte-Joris has devoted two feature films to stories about the region: his directorial debut, As You Are (2016), which won the Dramatic Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and the recent venture with Swank.


In between those two projects, he also directed Dreamland (2019), starring Margot Robbie. In her Dreamland review published in The Hollywood Reporter, Caryn James said, “At 27 years old, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte proves himself to be one of the most exciting young directors around.”


Among the topics we will discuss: What does he mean by “Albany noir,” and how has it shaped his film projects? How does he approach collaboration, including with his longtime co-screenwriter Madison Harrison? How did his work as a humanities major prepare him for a career in the movies? The session will also include a segment of Q&A from the audience.


This event is sponsored by the University at Albany Visual Cultures Lab and the NYS Writers Institute.

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