Hellman, Monte: Iconic Filmmaker

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will have a special presentation of To Hellman and Back: An Evening with Monte Hellman on Wednesday, June 8.

Featuring the New York City premiere of the iconoclastic filmmaker’s ROAD TO NOWHERE as well as a rare screening of his 1974 film COCKFIGHTER.

The evening will include a book party to celebrate Charles Willeford’s classic novel, Cockfighter, featuring a live musical performance by Matt Sweeney.

Presented in association with Monterey Media and Picture Box Books, the evening will include:


Written by Steven Gaydos, and produced by Hellman, Gaydos and Melissa Hellman, the film stars Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain, Waylon Payne, Cliff de Young, John Diehl and Tygh Runyan.

Hellman’s first film behind the camera in more than two decades, the story focuses on the web of intrigue a filmmaker finds himself caught up in as he makes a film based upon a true crime. The director has cast an unknown mysterious young woman that bears a striking resemblance to the femme fatale in the story and becomes obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth.

ROAD TO NOWHERE will screen at 6:00PM and will be followed by a Q&A with Hellman and cast members.


Celebrating the new Picture Box Books edition of Charles Willeford’s classic.

COCKFIGHTER (1974) has been described as “one of the most explicit studies of repression the American cinema has ever produced.”

The film stars Warren Oates as a destitute individual who lays it all on the line for the sport of cockfighting.

The film co-stars Harry Dean Stanton, Laurie Bird and Ed Begley Jr.

COCKFIGHTER screens at 8:30PM.

A book party to celebrate the release of Picture Box Books’ new edition of Charles WIlleford’s Cockfighter.

Live music performance by Matt Sweeney.

Guitarist, vocalist and composer, Sweeney has performed and recorded with Neil Diamond, Kid Rock, Johnny Cash and Bonnie Prince Billy.

For the single admission price of $12.00 ($9 Students/ $8 Seniors/ $7 Members) filmgoers will receive access to both movies as well as the book party with musical performance.  Tickets are on sale both at the box office and on-line. Discounts are available for Film Society members.

To Hellman and Back: An Evening with Monte Hellman will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, at 165 West 65th Street.

ROAD TO NOWHERE will open in NYC on June 10 and in LA on June 17.