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Director Ethan Hawke brings naturalism and grace to his new film BLAZE, a fictionalized portrait of the real-life songwriter Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey, in a stunning performance). Foley’s legendary career as one of the
seminal yet widely unknown artists of the Outlaw Music movement in Texas provides the backdrop for this
intimate, poetic re-imagining of his life, from his personal struggles with his demons to his unconventional romance with Sybil Rosen (the film’s co-writer, played here by Alia Shawkat). No ordinary biopic, BLAZE is a beautiful statement of belief in the transformative power of art.

This screening is co-presented by Hackensack Meridian Health.

Q&A with director Ethan Hawke and producer Ryan Hawke