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Jean Smart is one of the special guests at IFC Centers split Screens Festival

Jean Smart is one of the special guests at IFC Center’s Split Screens Festival

IFC Center
323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St.
Wednesday, May 30 - Sunday, June 3

There once was a time when television was considered vastly inferior to the movies, although that is hard to believe now. Actors and directors eschewed the boob tube, even though so many great actors and directors actually got their start there, in series and live dramas. But we’re now in the midst of another golden age of the small screen, with hundreds of cable channels and streaming services, and IFC Center is celebrating the television explosion with the Split Screens Festival, which runs May 30 through June 3. Fifteen programs, including advance screenings and panel discussions, are being presented, involving such shows as The Americans, Westworld, Divorce, Billions, Better Call Saul, Younger, and The Outer Limits and featuring such guests as Jean Smart, Damson Idris, Jeffrey Wright, Debi Mazar, Walter Mosley, David Costabile, Thomas Haden Church, and Vanguard Award winner Sandra Oh. Below are only some of the highlights.

Wednesday, May 30
Farewell, Comrades! The Americans Finale Viewing Party, screening and discussion with Jen Chaney and Alan Sepinwall, moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz, 9:30

Thursday, May 31
Smart TV: The Many Faces of Jean Smart, with Jean Smart, $15, 7:00

Sandra Oh will receive Vanguard Award at Split Screens Festival

Sandra Oh will receive Vanguard Award at Split Screens Festival on June 3

Friday, June 1
Money in the Bank: David Costabile on Billions, with David Costabile, $15, 6:00

Acting Machine: Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright, with Jeffrey Wright, $15, 7:30

Saturday, June 2
Do Not Adjust Your Set: Journey to The Outer Limits, including screening of classic Demon with a Glass Hand episode starring Robert Culp, with Stephen Bowie, Reba Wissner, Wallace Stroby, and Daniel Kraus, $15, 11:00 am

The Women Behind the Camera: Four Top TV Directors on Showing vs. Telling, with Tricia Brock, Gillian Robespierre, Julie Anne Robinson, and Lauren Wolkstein, $15, 2:45

Sunday, June 3
Damn Fine Coffee: Twin Peaks Fan Theories, with Jeremiah Beaver, J. C. Hotchkiss, Matthew C., Andreas Halskov, Samantha McLaren, Donald McCarthy, and Connor Ratliff, $15, 11:00 am

Dead Girls: A TV Obsession, with Alice Bolin, Megan Abbott, and Sarah Weinman, $15, 5:00

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