Press Club teams up with Stony Brook University to host special screening of ‘A Private War’

The Staller Center for the Arts Spring Movie Series will hold a special screening of A Private War on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. A Private War tells the story of the journalist and war correspondent, Marie Colvin, who was killed in 2012 while reporting from Syria.

The screening is being held in cooperation with Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and the Press Club of Long Island. It will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the film’s director Matthew Heineman, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winner (documentaries Cartel Landand City of Ghosts), and moderated by Howard Schneider, founding dean of the School of Journalism.

20181123-113348-50801 A Marie Colvin films 11_22Marie Colvin, right, with her sister, Cat.

A Private War stars Rosamund Pike as the journalist Marie Colvin, with Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci in supporting roles. Peter Debruge of Variety observes that Pike delivers “a performance of raw, unrelenting conviction in which she comes across as dedicated to capturing Colvin for audiences as Colvin was to portraying the war for readers back home.” Pike was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance.

Marie Colvin was a native Long Islander with a fearless and rebellious spirit who reported from war-town countries, giving a voice to the voiceless. Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism established the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting in her memory with strong support from the Colvin family and a Board of Advisers, which includes well-known journalists from around the world. A Private War is screening at Staller Center on the seventh anniversary of Marie’s death.

Donation cards to support the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting will be available in the lobby of the Staller Center.

Staller Center’s Spring Movie Series offers a movie pass for $30 for ten films, screening on five Fridays in February through March at Stony Brook University, General admission tickets to A Private War are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for Stony Brook University students. To order, go to or call the box office at (631) 632-ARTS [2787].   More about Marie Colvin may be found here.

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