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Coolidge Breakthrough Artist Award Honoring Jane Schoenbrun


Screening of the new film I Saw the TV Glow followed by Q&A with filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun. 

The Coolidge Breakthrough Artist Award was created to spotlight the next generation of filmmaking talent. As we look to our future we want to spotlight the bold and innovative film artists who represent the future of cinema. Our second annual honoree is director, writer, and producer Jane Schoenbrun (We're All Going to the World's Fair, A Self-Induced Hallucination).

Jane Schoenbrun will join us for a special screening of their new film I Saw the TV Glow, starring Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine. After the screening, they will participate in a Q&A and will be presented with The Coolidge Breakthrough Artist Award.


Jane Schoenbrun is a non-binary filmmaker and writer dedicated to making and supporting personal, queer cinema. Their work includes I Saw the TV Glow, We're All Going to the World's Fair, A Self-Induced Hallucination, and the punk rock variety TV show The Eyeslicer. Their first novel is almost finished, and their New Year's Resolution is to get more comfortable with silence. 

About I Saw the TV Glow

Teenager Owen (Justice Smith) is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

A mesmerizing coming-of-age film equally indebted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David Cronenberg, writer-director Jane Schoenbrun’s sophomore feature is a boldly conceived story of self-discovery, defined by the ecstatic highs and devastating pitfalls of pop-cultural obsession. With its magnetic cast and evocative ‘90s-set production design—set to a sensational soundtrack of original music from Alex G., Sloppy Jane and Caroline Polachek among others — I Saw The TV Glow evinces a depth of feeling that dares to embrace the mournful and abstract, and feels destined to become one of the enduring teen movies. — Los Angeles Festival of Movies


FOUR STARS. “A buzzy, brilliant new film.” — Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

I Saw the TV Glow is the rare (and precious) sophomore feature that resoundingly expands on debut promise, that confirms its filmmaker as a mighty talent whose creative engine is churning into motion.” — Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

“An astonishing exploration of adolescent angst.” — Jordain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter

GRADE: A. “Schoenbrun’s astonishing second feature manages to retain the seductive fear of their micro-budget debut and deepen its thrilling wounds of discovery even while examining them at a much larger scale.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“Sundance’s first breakout…I Saw the TV Glow is a confident leap forward that retains the handmade quality of [We’re All Going To the World’s Fair] while putting the advantages of an A24 budget to eye-popping use.” — Sam Adams, Slate

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The new movie from filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun (We're All Going to the World's Fair).