January 24, 2003
Southampton College Film Professor Screens Documentary at Trinity College
John Reilly's "Waiting for Beckett" a Part of Prestigious Dublin, Ireland Conference
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Southampton College film professor John Reilly has been invited to show his award-winning documentary about Samuel Beckett at Trinity College on January 29 as part of a weeklong celebration of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright. Reilly will also take part in an all-star panel discussion of Beckett experts.
"Samuel Beckett Week" at the Dublin campus honors one of Trinity's most notable graduates and, later, its professor of modern languages.
Reilly, a professor in the Arts & Media Division at Southampton College of Long Island University, earned international acclaim for his biographical film, "Waiting for Beckett." His film is the only U.S. documentary ever undertaken with the cooperation of Samuel Beckett, the late Nobel Prize-winning playwright.
"The reclusive Beckett was undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, but few people ever had a chance to know him," said Reilly, a resident of Hampton Bays. "The opportunity to meet Beckett and make this documentary was the thrill of my lifetime."
"Waiting for Beckett" won a Golden Apple at the 1994 International Educational Film and Video Festival, a Silver Hugo at INTERCOM '94, part of the Chicago Film Festival, and was selected to be a feature presentation at the American Film Institute (AFI) Festival in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times critic Robert Koehler wrote that " 'Waiting for Beckett' is sure to stand as one of the lasting records Samuel Beckett's life and work."