Beyond the Screen premiere May 4 2008

John Pungente, an internationally acclaimed media education expert, writer, and teacher, explores the art of filmmaking in the new series Beyond the Screen. With each 30-minute episode examining a contemporary theatrical release, Beyond the Screen encourages viewers to analyze films and enriches their movie-viewing experience. Beyond the Screen premieres Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Bravo! with a look at the upcoming blockbuster, Speed Racer.

“There are few people who have not seen The Wizard of Oz. One of my favorite moments comes towards the end of the movie when Dorothy pulls aside the curtain and reveals the truth about the wizard,” says Pungente, host of the new series. “In Beyond the Screen, we want to pull back the curtain on the movies we watch.”

Using footage, and interviews with the cast and crew, Beyond the Screen examines the featured movie’s genre, themes, filmmaking techniques, and the film’s relevance in the world at large. Future episodes will focus on upcoming releases including Get Smart, Dark Knight, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Beyond the Screen’s debut episode (May 4) features Speed Racer, the live-action, high-octane family adventure. Hurtling down the track, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive, and fearless.

When Speed turns down a lucrative offer from Royalton Industries, the company’s maniacal owner (Roger Allam) swears that Speed will never cross another finish line. To beat Royalton at his own game, Speed teams with his one-time rival – the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) – to win the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.

Based on the classic animated series, the live-action Speed Racer also stars Christina Ricci, John Goodman, and Susan Sarandon.

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