Author and Film Critic Annette Insdorf Introduces Screening of Philip Kaufman's THE RIGHT STUFF at BMFI

August 7, 2012

Bryn Mawr, PA—As part of a film series honoring acclaimed director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman, Bryn Mawr Film Institute is showing his 1983 hit The Right Stuff on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 pm. Author and film critic Annette Insdorf, Ph.D. will introduce the screening and sign copies of her new book, Contemporary Film Directors: Philip Kaufman.

Winner of four Academy Awards, The Right Stuff is considered by many to be Philip Kaufman’s magnum opus. This big screen adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s book documents the early history of the U.S. space program, from Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the sound barrier to the Mercury 7 astronauts. This complex portrayal humanizes the aviation pioneers that led the country into a new frontier.

The Right Stuff will be introduced by Annette Insdorf, Ph.D., who will also be signing copies of her new book, Contemporary Film Directors: Philip Kaufman, before the screening at 6:30 pm.

Annette Insdorf is a distinguished educator, film critic, author, and TV personality. She is currently a professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, as well as the Director of Undergraduate Film Studies. Dr. Insdorf received her B.A. from Queens College in New York and her Ph.D. from Yale University as a Danforth Fellow. She is the author of four books, the most recent of which, Contemporary Film Directors: Philip Kaufman, was published in 2012 as the first book about director Philip Kaufman. Annette Insdorf is also the Executive Producer of Shoeshine, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short in 1987, and several other award-winning short films.

As part of the Philip Kaufman film series, Bryn Mawr Film Institute is also showing Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, his first box office hit, on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets for the screenings of The Right Stuff and Invasion of the Body Snatchers are $10.00 general admission, $7.00 for seniors and students with ID, and $5.00 for Bryn Mawr Film Institute members. Advance tickets are available in person at the Box Office and online at and For a full schedule of upcoming events and classes, visit

About Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater and transforming it into the region’s preeminent film entertainment and education center. Founded in 2002 by Main Line academic, business, and civic leaders, Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a daily program of first-run and repertory art and independent films and provides a comprehensive film studies curriculum, including courses, workshops, discussions, guest lecturers, visual literacy programs, and student screening opportunities. To learn about upcoming events or find news about the theater’s restoration project, visit, or write to