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Film Director Ang Lee Speaks At Mamaroneck High School

Ang Lee
Ang Lee Photo Credit: The Center for Continuing Education website

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Center for Continuing Education will be hosting "Notable Neighbors: A Conversation with Film Director Ang Lee" at Mamaroneck High School on Thursday.

Lee will discuss his creative process with Michael DiGennaro, who is the center's independent film series instructor. Lee is viewed as one of today's great filmmakers, working on a wide range of films, taking on everything from comic books to cultural taboos. He has won two Best Director Academy Awards, for "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005 and "Life of Pi" in 2012.

He's currently working on the wartime film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," which will premiere in November. Prior movies also include "The Ice Storm," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Hulk" and "Eat Drink Man Woman."

A Taiwanese native, Lee graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts. He then received a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater/theater direction at the University of Illinois and a master's degree in film production at New York University.

Lee owns a home in Mamaroneck, where he and his wife, Jane Lin, raised their two sons.

Proceeds from the event are to benefit the Center, allowing it to continue to offer educational enrichment programs. The Center is a nonprofit which has been independent from the Mamaroneck School District in 1973. It's a self-supporting organization, with an operating budget funded through course fees.

Tickets are $40, and you can buy tickets here. High school students are admitted free, with no registration necessary. The event will run from 7:30-8:30 p.m., in the McLain Auditorium.

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