West Side Story

New York Times Critics' Pick
156 mins.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
PG-13
2021
Sat, 4/20

Seminar at 12:30pm, with film to follow at approximately 1:30pm.


Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, WEST SIDE STORY tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

“It’s a dazzling display of filmmaking craft that also feels raw, unsettled and alive. Rather than embalming a classic with homage or aggressively reinventing it, Spielberg, Kushner, Peck and their collaborators have rediscovered its breathing, thrilling essence.” A.O. Scott. A New York Times Critic's Pick!


Cinema Seminar: “From Beale Street to Batman: Casting a Major Motion Picture

From understanding the director's vision to identifying the right talent, film casting is an art form. In this seminar, award-winning casting director Cindy Tolan will share stories from her career in casting for major films including Steven Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY, THE FABELMANS, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON and THE BATMAN (2022).


About the speaker:

Cindy Tolan is a producer and casting director who has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Tolan recently co-produced the films SHE CAME TO ME and the upcoming DANDELION (premiering at SXSW), as well as currently producing an untitled Rebecca Miller documentary, and a documentary of the non-fiction book “Is Rape a Crime: A Memoir, Investigation and Manifesto.”  She co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER. 

Theatre producing credits include the 2022 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, as well as the 2019 West End revival (5 Olivier Award nominations, 2 wins). Tolan also produced the London revival of Miller’s The American Clock and Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison (2 Olivier Award nominations) both at the Old Vic Theatre. Currently, she is producing the musical Saturday Church.

Film casting credits include Steven Spielberg’s THE FABELMANS and WEST SIDE STORY, THE BATMAN, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE NAMESAKE, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, BLUE VALENTINE, and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

Television casting credits include the upcoming Boss for HBO, Etóile for Amazon, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselGirls5eva, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Theatre casting credits include the Broadway productions of Company and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

She is a five-time Emmy nominee with one win for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and a two-time BAFTA nominee, receiving the 2022 BAFTA Award for casting WEST SIDE STORY.