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Life of Pi - Part III of Ang Lee Film Festival (Three Decades of Fearlessness)

Friday, 06 March, 2015

Life of Pi (2012), the winner of 4 Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award and numerous international awards, directed by the Academy-Award Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee, based on the prize-winning bestseller by Yann Martel, will conclude the three-part series with a spectacular two-part event.  Join us on the evening of March 6 (Friday), 2015, at The DeNaples Center, Room 401, The Ann and Leo Moskovitz Theater for a book signing by the associate producer, Jean-Christophe Castelli, also author of The Making of Life of Pi:  A Film, A Journey, a film screening and Q & A.

 6:30 PM-7:00 PM: Book Signing, The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, A Journey, by Jean-Christophe Castelli (associate producer and author)

7:00 PM-9:30 PM: An introduction by the associate producer, Jean-Chrstophe Castelli, followed by the film screening and a post-screening Q & A.

 Synopsis of the Film

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival. For more about the film and trailers, visit: or   

About the Book

The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, A Journey is a beautifully illustrated, graphically compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a film that is destined to be a classic. Written by Jean-Christophe Castelli, with a foreword by Yann Martel and an introduction by Ang Lee, The Making of Life of Pi is a must-have volume for every true film buff, offering entertaining text and breathtaking visuals, while providing a fascinating close-up look at the unique approach to filmmaking of one of today's most influential directors.

About the Author

Jean-Christophe Castelli worked as a magazine editor and freelance writer, publishing articles in Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Filmmaker, before moving into film. For seven years, he was the story editor at the independent production company Good Machine. There he developed many film projects and began a long working relationship with Ang Lee, first with the cultural research on The Ice Storm (1997), followed by the story development of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). While pursuing his own writing projects, Castelli has continued to do development and research for Lee, most recently as associate producer on Life of Pi (2012). He is currently writing the screenplay for Lee’s next film. He lives in New York City with his wife and twin sons.

Co-presented by The University of Scranton's Asian Studies Program, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, and Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, in collaboration with Marywood University.  The programming is made possible by special patron Dr. Samuel Yin, Spotlight Taiwan Grant, and "The University of Scranton and Marywood University Collaborative Grant."


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DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater (401)

900 Mulberry Street
Scranton, PA 18510