The 53rd New York Film Festival is in full swing, with screenings running through October 11. One film set to have its New York Premiere is Michael Almereyda's Sloan-funded Experimenter, screening October 6 and 7 at Lincoln Center.
Almereyda's long-gestating film, which was first recognized by the Sloan Foundation with a 2008 Sundance Lab Fellowship, chronicles the infamous and highly controversial obedience trials conducted by Stanley Milgram at Yale in the 1960s, with Peter Sarsgaard portraying Milgram. Most recently, Experimenter was awarded the inaugural Sloan Film Independent Distribution Grant, accompanied by a $50,000 prize to support the film's release.
Director Michael Almereyda will be in attendance at both of the film's NYFF screenings, with cast members Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, and Jim Gaffigan joining him at tonight's premiere. Advance tickets for both screenings are sold out, but stand-by tickets are still available from the NYFF website. Experimenter opens theatrically on October 16 from Magnolia Pictures.