SJC Faculty Member to Lead Film Discussion on ‘Before Midnight’

July 29, 2013

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. July 30, 2013 St. Josephs College (SJC) faculty member Dr. Peter Mascuch will host a discussion on the 2013 romantic drama, Before Midnight on Friday, August 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The discussion and screening will take place at the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center (MAC) located in downtown Patchogue, as part of its ongoing Film Discussion Series.

Before Midnight is a critically acclaimed film directed by Richard Linklater starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The motion picture follows the characters from its predecessors, Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) as they migrate through their relationship issues with their children and each other. Originally broadcast this past January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film was then screened at various international film festivals over the course of several months. In June of this year, the film was released to the general public. Since its original airing, the motion picture has grossed more than $10 million worldwide as of July. 

"As a fan of the first two films, I'm grateful that Plaza MAC is giving us the chance to see this third installment of Jesse and Celine's ongoing romance, said Peter Mascuch, Ph.D., associate professor of English and American studies and coordinator of the film media studies program at SJC. "I can't wait to find out what Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater are up to nine years later; it will be fun to discuss another movie with the theater's friendly and smart audience.

The Film Discussion Series at Plaza MAC has included discussions by SJC English and Writing Professor Thomas Grochowski for the Academy Award winner, Searching for Sugar Man and SJC Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies Thomas Petriano for Terrence Malicks To the Wonder and the Academy Award nominee, 5 Broken Cameras. Peter Mascuch has also led film discussions on The Shining, Room 237 and the 2013 Academy Award winner, Amour.

Tickets for Before Midnight and the film discussion are $10 for the general public and $7 for students with a valid ID. For more information, visit 

The Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center is a non-profit public charity organization dedicated to bringing the magic and power of movies and filmmaking to the hearts and minds of the community. On a weekly basis, the Plaza provides the Patchogue community with current, quality independent films from around the world while offering special films for children and cultural programming such as broadcasts of operas and ballet from the world stage. Starting in 2013, the Plaza will be offering classes in screenwriting, editing and film production.