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Career Tribute

Denys Arcand, Career Achievement tributee

Director & screenwriter

 

An  Academy  Award-winning   director, Denys Arcand's films have won over 100 prestigious awards around the world. In 2003, he wrote and directed The Barbarian Invasions which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In France, it won three César – Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director; in Italy, the Donatello for Best Foreign Language Film; at the Cannes Film Festival, the Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards, amongst many.

 

In  1989,  Denys Arcand directed the powerful Jesus of Montreal which won the Jury’s Grand Prize and the Ecumenical Prize in Cannes. The film also earned 12 Genie Awards in addition to being nominated for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

 

His latest film, The Fall of the American Empire, was sold worldwide and won the International Critic’s Prize (FIPRESCI) in Valladolid, Spain. In 2007, his film Days of Darkness was the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival for Closing Night, a very special evening as it was the 60th birthday of the festival. His film The Decline of the American Empire won the International Critic’s Prize (FIPRESCI) in Cannes, as well as an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Denys Arcand has published several articles and a book entitled Euchariste Moisan (2013). In 2011, he created, with artist Adad Hannah, an installation called SAFARI for the Big Bang Exposition celebrating the  150th Anniversary of the  Montreal  Museum of Fine Arts. A lover of classical music, he directed in 2015 the opera Zémire and Azor, with Les Violons du Roy and the students of the school of Opera of Montreal.

 

Denys Arcand is Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (France); Companion of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec, and Commander of the Ordre de Montréal. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma (César). Denys Arcand’s films depict his love for history and his passionate look at the human condition.

About the Moderator - Jeffrey Lyons

Five-time New York Emmy Award winner Jeffrey Lyons has reviewed more than 15,000 movies, 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, interviewed nearly 500 actors, written or co-authored eight books);  co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS, MSNBC and the NBC stations, and received two honorary degrees so far. He’s lectured on journalism and television techniques at colleges and civic groups across the country, and on baseball trivia at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and four times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center at Montclair  State College. He’s enjoyed a career on television and radio spanning 50 years.

 

After graduating from Syracuse Law School with a Dr. of Jurisprudence degree in 1969, he conducted his first professional interview for NBC radio’s iconic “Monitor” program with Debbie Reynolds. Since then, he’s interviewed nearly every movie star of the past five decades; several hundred on radio, TV and in print. He did the research and interviews for the James Earl Jones Biography on A&E, including a five-hour interview with the great Oscar-awarded star.

 

Jeffrey began his journalism career working summers for the Newhouse Newspapers, in Jersey City, N.J. then on the Metropolitan desk at the New York Times in 1967, then Westinghouse Radio, (WINS in New York) where he covered both national political conventions in the turbulent summer of 1968.  Two years later, he joined New York’s WPIX-TV, where he would review movies, theater and conduct interviews for 21 years. He began to be seen nationally on “The Independent Network News” via Tribune Broadcasting. In 1982, he was chosen over 300 aspirants to co-host “SNEAK PREVIEWS,” the famous PBS movie review program, and during his 12 seasons on that show (1982-92, 1994-96,) they often out-rated the more publicized competing shows on commercial television.

 

In 1996, he joined WNBC as their film and theater critic, brining movie stars to his studio; something he’d done regularly at WPIX but which few competitors in the #1 TV market were able to do. By this time, stars and their publicists knew he was the best-prepared interviewer.Thus on his own set at WNBC, he interviewed everyone from Clint Eastwood to Dame Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, Penelope Cruz (in English and Spanish for Telemundo), Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas (also in Spanish); Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley, Seth Rogen, Kevin Costner, Kirk Douglas, Peter O'Toole, Angelina Jolie, Dame Helen Mirren, Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Dudley Moore, Sir Anthony Hopkins, to name just a few.

 

In 2003 he reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons (then with the E! Channel and later with "EXTRA" and now with ESPN-LA radio ) on “MSNBC’s “At The Movies’”, then in 2004, he created and co-hosted “REEL TALK,” a ratings winner on all 154 NBC stations, for five seasons; the only show ever syndicated by WNBC. In 2013-4 he co-hosted on 10 episodes of MSG-TV's "The Lineup" with, among others, Oscar winner Spike Lee and actors Ed Burns and Chazz Palmienteri reviewing movies about sports and New York, winning five Emmys.

 

His eighth book, “HEMINGWAY AND ME; STORIES, LETTERS AND ANECDOTES FROM A LIFE-CHANGING FAMILY FRIENDSHIP” is due out in the Fall of 2020 with an introduction by Liam Neeson.

 

Jeffrey’s ninth book, pictured here, is also due in May.

 

His most recent is "What A Time It Was! Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife"  a sequel to “Stories My Father Told Me,  Notes From the Lyons Den.” Both are collections of anecdotes from his father Leonard Lyons’ iconic Broadway column, along with his own interviews. Jeffrey’s family friends growing up included Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, two-time Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, Joe DiMaggio, Richard Burton, Sofia Loren, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, President Harry S. Truman, and dozens more, all chronicled in this book, which has received rave reviews from, among others, the Wall Street Journal and in articles in the New York Times, New York Post and the respected industry publication Kirkus Books.

 

His ninth book, “ALL-TIME RED SOX” is due in 2021.

 

Jeffrey trained as a field goal kicker with the New York Football Giants, studied bullfighting in Spain touring seven summers with Spain’s foremost matador Antonio Ordoñez (arranged by Ernest Hemingway),  sang in the Boys’ Chorus  of the Metropolitan Opera for three seasons, studied acting with the great teacher Lee Strassberg (founder of the revered Actors’ Studio), and portrayed himself (“unconvincingly!’) in the movies “The French Connection” and “Deathtrap”, and on TV’s “Wiseguy.”

 

He continues his career reviewing movies on WCBS radio in New York and through national syndication on “Lyons Den” radio, and occasionally on TV.  He also syndicates five baseball trivia questions every weekday sports-themed radio stations. He was a guest panelist on “BASEBALL NOW” on the MLB-TV network on January 16, 2020.

 

Jeffrey has hosted film festivals in San Diego five years, Vero Beach and Southern City Film Festivals and has hosted the Bahamas International Film Festival for seven years and the Breckenridge, Colorado Film Festival for 21 years.

 

He received honorary degrees and was the commencement speaker at Hofstra University and Mt. St. Mary's University.

 

In June,2017, he was a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Hemingway Colloquium in Havana, recalling his childhood visit with his family to the home of Ernest and Mary Hemingway. He's broadcast Boston Red Sox games on the Red Sox radio network in English and Spanish.

 

Jeffrey’s other books are pictured here: (the latter four he co-authored with his brother and the last with former Yankee Jim Leyritz)

 

Saturday, January 9 / 6:00pm

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