The Bandit
Jesse Moss 2016
Documentary Feature

Thursday Aug 4, 2016
$15 online or at the door. Includes free shuttle to and from the Little Neck LIRR stop
Queens County Farm Museum
Glen Oaks
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy Glen Oaks, NY 11004

7:30PMDoors Open
8:30PMMusic Starts
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ & A with Filmmaker Jesse Moss
No Refunds.

Seating is first-come first-served.

In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled.

No outside alcohol is permitted.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Tribeca Shortlist
Stella Artois

The Bandit (Jesse Moss | USA | 82 min.)

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The Bandit is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit Smokey & The Bandit. The film tells the action-packed story of the making of Smokey, while tracing the vivid personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom and highlighting one of the most extraordinary relationships in Hollywood history. Featuring new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material, including footage from Reynolds' personal archive, as well as candid interviews with the late Hal Needham, the documentary tells an exhilarating and moving story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.

Presented in Partnership with: CMT


Jesse Moss is a San Francisco-based filmmaker.

Most recently, he produced, directed and photographed The Overnighters, a feature documentary set in the North Dakota oilfields. The film premiered in the US Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking. The film was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and Moss received a Directors Guild of America (DGA) nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. The Toronto Film Critics Association, The Playlist and Nonfics named The Overnighters the top documentary of 2014.

The film was theatrically released across the United States by Drafthouse Films and aired on PBS/POV in June 2015. The film is streaming on Netflix.

Current projects include The Bandit, a feature documentary about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds and his friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham (premiering at SXSW 2016), and short films for The New Yorker Presents, Field of Vision, Discovery and Sony Playstation.

Previous films include Full Battle Rattle (co-directed with Tony Gerber), about life inside the US Army's Iraq War training simulation in the Mojave Desert, which premiered at the 2008 Berlinale (Panorama), won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW, and opened theatrically at the Film Forum in New York.

Prior to that he directed Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story, which won festival awards and critical raves across the country and aired on PBS/POV. The remake rights were optioned by Warner Bros Pictures.

His first film Con Man - the improbable story of Ivy League impostor James Hogue - aired on HBO/Cinemax.

He also produced William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, which premiered at Sundance in 2009, and was distributed theatrically by Arthouse Films.

Moss has twice been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. He is a creative advisor at the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab, a faculty member in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco State University and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and co-conspirator Amanda McBaine and their two children.

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