Press Release AMC February 2015
AMC CELEBRATES THE END OF AN ERA OF MAD MEN
Cultural Institutions From Coast to Coast, Including Museum of the Moving Image, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The New York Public Library, BAMcinématek, The 92nd Street Y, Museum of Jewish Heritage and More Honor Mad Men Leading Up to the Series’ Finale
New York, NY – February 17, 2015 – In celebration and anticipation of the final seven episodes of one of the most celebrated series in television history, AMC, in conjunction with Lionsgate and cultural institutions from coast to coast, will honor Mad Men through exhibitions, screenings, events and discussions. A complete list of Mad Men activities, which will be updated regularly with additional details, is available on amctv.com/madmenevents.
The Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama Mad Men, produced by Lionsgate, kicks off its final seven episodes on AMC Sunday, April 5 at 10:00PM ET/PT.
“A television series unlike any other deserves a send-off unlike any other,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Mad Men and its incomparable influence across art, design, literature and popular culture in general, calls for a broad and unprecedented salute. We’re thrilled to partner with some of the world’s most renowned and revered institutions to help us bid a fond farewell to this iconic series.”
“We are proud and a little overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm from these prestigious cultural organizations, and grateful for the opportunity it’s created for us to give back to our amazing fans who have been there from the beginning.” adds Matthew Weiner.
“This series of events is an extraordinary tribute to Matthew Weiner’s vision and the work of all those involved with Mad Men,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “From the very beginning, our partners at AMC have supported the series with tremendous creativity, innovation and passion, and we’re deeply gratified to be part of this grand celebration.”
NEW YORK CITY (events are listed in chronological order)
New York City, home to Don Draper and his colleagues and family, will unite in a series of special events. The following New York City-specific events are listed on nycgoMadMenNYC.
Museum of the Moving Image
Central to New York’s Mad Men celebration will be a major exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) from March 14 to June 14. Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men, featuring more than 25 iconic costumes, large-scale sets and hundreds of props, video clips, and personal notes and research material from series creator, writer, director and executive producer, Matthew Weiner, will offer unique insight into Mad Men’s origins, and how its exceptional storytelling and remarkable attention to period detail resulted in a vivid portrait of an era and the characters who lived through it. Among the featured behind-the-scenes material will be the writers’ room where Weiner and his team crafted stories and scripts, and original interviews with Weiner about his creative process. The Museum’s exhibition marks the first time objects relating to the production of Mad Men will be shown in public on this scale. The Museum will also present An Evening with Matthew Weiner, a conversation about the creation and production of the series, with a guest moderator (TBA), on Friday, March 20, and Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences a ten-film series featuring movies selected by Weiner—such as The Apartment, Les Bonnes Femmes and The Americanization of Emily — that inspired the Mad Men, from March 14 to April 19. Additional details and tickets available at MuseumOfTheMovingImage
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) will host Mad Men: The End of An Era, a celebration that looks back with the cast at their favorite scenes throughout the last 7 seasons. The evening will include a conversation with creator Matthew Weiner, and stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser, at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale in March. Aspiring fans can also prep for the final season with “The Essential Mad Men” – a FREE marathon of must-see episodes curated by Matthew Weiner from Friday, March 20 through Saturday, March 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. For more information visit FilmSocietyOfLincolnCenter
The New York Public Library
Also in March, The New York Public Library (NYPL) will bring to life its Mad Men Reading List, a collection of 25 titles read by main characters during the course of the series. Three of the largest branches will have displays of the books, select branches will offer copies of the books to borrow, and all NYPL patrons can access ebook versions.
Museum of Jewish Heritage- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage will celebrate Mad Men with a public program featuring Matthew Weiner. On Sunday, March 29 at 4pm Mr. Weiner will speak at the museum about the evolution of Jewish identity on Mad Men, in support of their new exhibition, Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, which opens March 31.
BAMcinématek, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s repertory film program, presents Mad Men at the Movies, a two-day film festival on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23. On each night, the series will include a discussion with a cast member or Matthew Weiner about the films and their significance to Mad Men. For more information and tickets, please visit www.BAM.org/BAMcinematek.
The 92nd Street Y
The celebration of Mad Men in New York will continue through April. Matthew Weiner will be part of a public program at 92Y on April 28. Details forthcoming.
Live from the NYPL
The culmination of Mad Men’s New York celebrations will take place several days after the series finale, on Wednesday May 20, 2015 7-9PM with a special installment of LIVE from the NYPL, The New York Public Library’s flagship ticketed event series.
Smithsonian Museum of American History
The Smithsonian Museum of American History will welcome iconic props, costumes, set décor, scripts and research material from Mad Men to their permanent collection in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 27. In addition to memorable items, such as Don Draper’s grey suit and fedora, as well as his office bar cart, the museum will receive Matthew Weiner’s original script for the seminal episode “The Wheel” (Episode 113) with an alternate ending that was never filmed.
["An elephant is a mouse built to government specifications"...In A Lather editor's note: Unfortunately all searches at SMAH site for links to the Mad Men permanent collection yielded zero and/or non-relevant results. Here's hoping by the projected date of 3~27~2015 of the collection's installment, that information will be made available.]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
At the Film Independent LACMA screening series, Matthew Weiner and key cast members will participate in discussions with Elvis Mitchell, Film Independent Curator, following screenings of favorite episodes on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27.
About Mad Men:
AMC’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama Mad Men kicks off its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00PM ET/PT. Created by Emmy® Award winner Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, Mad Men’s highly anticipated series conclusion will, for the last time, follow the complex lives of Don, Peggy, Roger, Joan, Betty and Pete, and their families, colleagues, rivals and love interests, as their stories come to an end.
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