Watch 'Frozen River' and meet actress Melissa Leo tonight

Leo, a 2008 Oscar contender, will screen film and answer questions

Actress Melissa Leo will screen her work at Brandeis as part of a new series of Hollywood film screenings.Melissa Leo

WHAT: A 2008 Oscar contender for best actress and one of Hollywood’s most respected veteran character actors is coming to Brandeis University. Actress Melissa Leo will be in Waltham on Nov. 13 for a 35mm screening of "Frozen River" (Sony Picture Classics).

In the film two women - one white, one Mohawk and both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - confront hard ethical choices and seek comfort and justice in a cold world.

Following the screening Leo will participate in a conversation and audience question and answer session moderated by Los Angeles Times awards blogger Scott Feinberg ("The Feinberg Files"), a Brandeis alumnus.

The new series is made possible by the Brandeis University Film Studies Program and The Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund, both chaired by Alice Kelikian, Brandeis associate professor of history. Actor Richard Jenkins recently screened “The Visitor” at Brandeis and on Nov. 15 actor Mark Ruffalo will screen “What Doesn’t Kill You.” (Tickets are required for the preview of “What Doesn't Kill You” and will be distributed at the screening of “Frozen River.”)

The screenings are free and open to the public. Film studies students will get preference in seating. The remaining seats will be given to the first people to arrive. For more information on attending screenings contact Dona DeLorenzo at 781-736-2270 or

Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
"Frozen River" with Melissa Leo

WHERE: The Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, located in the Sachar International Center, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, Mass.
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