Please join us for a free pre-release screening of
Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking,
a new documentary about legendary producer and studio head
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Folino Theater
in Marion Knott Studios.
Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking
chronicles the life of Richard Zanuck, undoubtedly one of best and most successful producers and studio heads in the history of the movie business. Zanuck was the son of legendary producer and studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, the co-founder of 20th Century Fox and producer of films such as
All About Eve, The Grapes of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln, How Green Was My Valley,
. Zanuck’s father made him the head of production at Fox in 1962 when he was still in his 20s. During his time as production chief, the studio’s films received 159 Oscar nominations and won three Best Picture Oscars.
Following a studio shake-up, he was fired from his post by his father in 1970. David Brown and Zanuck founded the Zanuck/Brown Company in 1971. During this time, Zanuck produced both
The Sugarland Express
amongst many other important films such as
The Verdict, Cocoon, The Sting,
launch the career of Steven Spielberg, who credits Zanuck with teaching him everything he knows about producing. He then formed The Zanuck Company with his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, in 1988. A year later they won the Best Picture Oscar for
Driving Miss Daisy
, and continued to make great films for years including
Road to Perdition, Deep Impact, Rules of Engagement,
In 2001 he formed a partnership with Tim Burton which has spawned 6 films:
Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland,
Zanuck passed away last July, but his legacy and his films live on.
Lili Fini Zanuck
will participate in a post-screening Q&A with professor Harry Ufland. In addition to being an Oscar winning producer, Lili also directed the critically acclaimed film
which starred Jason Patric
directed an episode of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning television miniseries
From the Earth to the Moon
and three episodes of the mini-series
This is a must see for anyone in or intending to enter the movie business.