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With Norman Mailer
Q&A with Filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist,
Michael Mailer, and Mailer Biographer J. Michael Lennon, Co-Presented by LitHub

Saturday, June 29

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Moderated by Lit Hub Editor Olivia Rutigliano

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Jeff Zimbalist is a multi-Emmy and Peabody winning filmmaker most known for IDA and Tribeca Film Festival winner FAVELA RISING (HBO), Emmy winner and Cannes Film Festival favorite THE TWO ESCOBARS (ESPN, Disney), Emmy and Tribeca Film Festival winner MOMENTUM GENERATION (HBO, Universal), PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND (Magnolia, Universal), the Emmy winning series ReMastered (Netflix), Emmy nominated The Line (Apple), Emmy nominated 11 Minutes (Paramount+), Super League: War for Football (Apple), Sundance and Tribeca festival favorite INVISIBLE BEAUTY (Magnolia), and most recently, Sundance hit SKYWALKERS: A LOVE STORY.

Michael Mailer has been directing, producing and writing extensively in the independent film world since graduating Harvard University. He established Michael Mailer Films in 2004 to focus on both independent, character-driven films and larger, concept-oriented pictures. Michael is best known for HEART OF CHAMPIONS (2021), BLIND (2016), BLACK & WHITE (1999), TWO GIRLS AND A GUY (1997), THE LEDGE (2011), and EMPIRE (2002).

J. Michael Lennon is a writer, editor, archivist, teacher and the co-founder of the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University. He has written/edited 15 books, including Mailer’s authorized biography, and a memoir, Mailer’s Last Days: Remembrances of a Life in Literature, and edited three volumes of Mailer’s work for the Library of America. Lipton’s: A Marijuana Journal, 1954-55, an edition of Mailer’s unpublished journal, co-edited with G. R Lucas and Susan Mailer, was published in June. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, and is married to the former Donna Pedro. They are the parents of three sons and live in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Olivia Rutigliano is an Editor at Lit Hub and its vertical CrimeReads. She was a Contributing Editor at the film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room, and has written essays for Vanity Fair, Vulture, Lapham's Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Baffler, Politics/Letters, The Toast, Truly Adventurous, and elsewhere. She, a specialist in the history of mass entertainment from the late 19th through the 20th centuries, has a PhD from the departments of English/Comparative Literature and Theatre at Columbia University, where she was the Marion E. Ponsford fellow.

Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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