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The Craft: Casting Directors Ellen Lewis and Laura Rosenthal

June 01, 2023 – June 16, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

This latest edition of MoMA’s series The Craft celebrates a pair of legendary film and television casting directors, Ellen Lewis and Laura Rosenthal, who will usher in a two-week sampling of their award-winning work with an onstage conversation on June 1 introduced by their mentor, the great Juliet Taylor. Ellen Lewis has collaborated with Martin Scorsese for 34 years and counting (from Goodfellas to his forthcoming Killers of the Flower Moon) and with Jim Jarmusch for 28 years (beginning with Dead Man); and she has also cast films by Mike Nichols, Steven Spielberg, and Penny Marshall, among many others. Laura Rosenthal has worked with Todd Haynes for over two decades—from Far from Heaven to his latest film, May December—and she has longtime casting relationships with Lisa Chodolenko, Paolo Sorrentino, Oren Moverman, Joachim Trier, Nora Ephron, and Jim Jarmusch, to name just a few.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and Karen and Gary Winnick.


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Ghost Dog. 1999. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch © 1995 Twelve Gauge Productions Inc.

Dead Man. 1995. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch © 1995 Twelve Gauge Productions Inc.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. 2007. USA. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Broadway Danny Rose. 1984. USA. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Goodfellas. 1990. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Courtesy of Everett Collection

I’m Not There. 2007. USA. Directed by Todd Haynes. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Jesus’ Son. 1999. USA. Directed by Alison Maclean. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Joe Gould’s Secret. 2000. USA. Directed by Stanley Tucci. Courtesy of Everett Collection

The Kids Are All Right. 2010. USA. Directed by Lisa Chodolenko. Courtesy of Everett Collection

A League of Their Own. 1992. USA. Directed by Penny Marshall. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Party Girl. 1995. USA. Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Courtesy of Photofest

Her. 2013. USA. Written and directed by Spike Jonze. Courtesy of Photofest

The Messenger. 2009. USA. Directed by Oren Moverman. Courtesy of Everett Collection

This Must Be the Place. 2011. USA/Italy/France. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Courtesy of Everett Collection