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(August 22, 2017)

New York, NY, Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New York, NY –The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, has partnered with the nation’s top independent cinemas to present live in-theater screenings of pre-release movies, followed by Q&As with stars and filmmakers. Moderated by Peter Travers — film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC’s Popcorn — and Alison Bailes of BBC, More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show, the national, interactive series is presented live and in big-screen HD broadcast nationwide.


The NYFCS® is excited to announce its September 2017 preview feature will be YEAR BY THE SEA (YBTS). The pre-release screening and live event will take place in New York City at Symphony Space on Wednesday September 6, 2017, and be captured live throughout the country September 11-15. Based on The New York Times bestseller by Joan Anderson, YEAR BY THE SEA is the story of an empty nester who retreats to Cape Cod to rediscover who she was before being a wife and mother — and redefine the next chapter of her life. The film stars Karen Allen (Indiana Jones), Yannick Bisson (Murdock Mysteries) S. Epatha Merkerson (Chicago Med), Michael Cristofer (Mr. Robot) and Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).. Written, directed, and composed by Alexander Janko, the film is being released by Real Women Make Waves.


Traverse will host the on-screen talk back with Karen Allen, Michael Cristofer Alexander Janko and Joan Anderson.


Until now, live talent has only been accessible to the public in NY, LA and at festivals. Now everyone can enjoy up-close and personal moments from major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Regional preview screenings are happening all the time, but never with a live, talent conversation component. NYFCS® is a comprehensive, industry-wide turn-key marketing tool complete with robust media and in-theater assets to 400+ screens.


A regular series of ongoing preview screenings, NYFCS® is established in 50 select major markets and delivers 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences. Each film in the screening series is introduced by Peter Travers, and audiences experience the excitement of a live Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent, as well as big screen HD previews of the best films prior to their release. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to experience.


This is the first ever national in-theater screening series to entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.


The NYFCS® screening series has included these guests & films:


David Oyelowo & Rosie Perez – FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE  -

Ally Sheedy – LITTLE SISTER  -

Alec Baldwin & Demi Moore - BLIND



Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti - THE PHENOM

Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner – TUMBLEDOWN


Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany - SHELTER

Robin Williams' Final Film - BOULEVARD

 Diane Lane, Frances McDormand, Dakota Fanning - EVERY SECRET THING

Russell Crowe - WATER DIVINER

Jennifer Anniston - CAKE

Shirley MacLaine - ELSA & FRED

Rob Reiner - AND SO IT GOES

Daniel Radcliffe - WHAT IF

Gillian Flynn - GONE GIRL

James Franco - CHILD OF GOD

Andy Garcia - AT MIDDLETON

Tom Hardy - LOCKE

Jon Favreau - CHEF

Felicity Huffman - BREATHE IN

David O. Russell - Director AMERICAN HUSTLE



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Peter Travers, Host: Peter Travers is an American film critic who has written for People and Rolling Stone Magazine. He hosts a celebrity interview show titled Popcorn on ABC News Now and and has moderated the NYFCS for more than 10 years. He joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with People and is best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to, he’s the nation's most-blurbed film critic. In addition to Rolling Stone and ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.


Alison Bailes, Co-Host: Alison is the film critic for BBC, More Magazine and a contributing critic for "Ebert Presents at the Movies" on PBS.  She appears on NBC's Today Show as a film critic and industry reporter. Alison also appears regularly on Charlie Rose along with A.O. Scott of the NY times and others. She guest hosts the New York Film Critics Series® and maintains her own film website:


From 2005-2009 Alison co-hosted the NBC Universal weekly movie review show  "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk". She and Jeffrey Lyons shared their different perspectives on the latest film and DVD releases, gave viewers the latest news from the box office and reported on industry trends. "Reel Talk" also featured celebrity interviews. Prior to joining WNBC, Alison created "At The Angelika" for the Independent Film Channel. She wrote, produced and hosted this monthly look at the independent film scene, which later became known as "At The IFC Center." Previously, Alison was a senior producer of the weekly film magazine show, "Flix" on VH1. She began her career at CNN, working for their daily entertainment news show "Showbiz Today." A UK native, Alison has lived in the United States since 1989. She graduated from Oxford University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German Literature.


Independent Theaters: The NYFCS® network of U.S. theaters are independent partners dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience is available in domestic, independent cinema today.  



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CONTACT: Mark EhrenkranzNY Film Critics National Series®[email protected]

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