M. Night Shyamalan

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Writer/director/producer M.Night Shyamalan will be at the Kimmel Center  in a conversation with film critic Carrie Rickey. Besides sharing clips from his films, Shyamalan will be also taking questions from the audience and Carrie Rickey on June 28, 7 p.m., at the Perelman Theater in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. This is the third in the series of interviews that is part of “Close Encounters with Carrie Rickey.”  See the press release below for more information.

PHILADELPHIA—(May 23, 2013)—Tickets are now available for an evening with M. Night Shyamalan, the Oscar-nominated director of such award-winning films as “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”

Shyamalan will share clips from his movies and take questions from the audience and film critic Carrie Rickey on June 28, 7 p.m., at the Perelman Theater in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. This is the third in the series of interviews that is part of “Close Encounters with Carrie Rickey.”

Born in India and raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Penn Valley, Shyamalan has directed nine films that have done nearly $2 billion worldwide. His tenth, After Earth, a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden, opens May 31. Next up in 2014 is Wayward Pines, a 10-part Fox television series based on Blake Crouch’s bestselling thriller.


Shyamalan is an acclaimed director, writer and executive producer. His suspenseful movies, often shot in Philadelphia, wrestle with spiritual and supernatural themes frequently focusing on how people work through tragedy to heal family ruptures. They have earned Shyamalan a reputation as the heir to Alfred Hitchcock. He is an alumnus of Waldron Mercy Academy, Episcopal Academy, and New York University’s The Tisch School.

Shyamalan’s  ”The Sixth Sense” was the runaway hit of 1999, the same year, his adapted screenplay of the E.B. White classic, “Stuart Little,”  was released. Like his influence Steven Spielberg, Shyamalan began making films at 10 when his father gave him a Bell & Howell Super-8 camera.

“Praying with Anger,” his feature debut, was made for $750,000 after his graduation from NYU. Of his fourth feature, Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote, “What ‘Unbreakable’ shows is Mr. Shyamalan’s remarkable growth as a director. Some of the sequences are… bewitchingly spare with long, fluid takes.”

General admission: $20; student tickets: $10. Tickets are available at The Kimmel Center box office at Broad and Spruce Streets.
To buy tickets online: http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/.  To buy tickets by telephone:  Call 215-893-1999.

“Close Encounters with Carrie Rickey” is an occasional interview series at the Perelman Theater made possible by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation. Actor Kevin Bacon and director Robert Zemeckis were prior guests.

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