Lit On Film

From the stacks at Strand to the screen at Nitehawk Cinema, we invite you to reinvent the classics!

Join us for a night of literary adaptations. Our expert judges chose the best for the big screen -- and we're inviting you to watch. Millions (give or take..) submitted, and just ten films made the cut. Following the screenings, five awards will be presented in select categories at an award ceremony and conversation hour (where you can also mix and mingle with fellow film freaks!).

One Winner Will Be Awarded Best:

Best Screenplay
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Actor (all genders)
Best Film

Up to five (5) winners will be selected from the ten (10) finalists by our panel of judges. Winners will receive a prize of one $25 Strand gift card and a tote bag of bookish goods.

August 16th at 7pm. Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg).

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Meet the Judges

Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter, and the creator and Executive Producer of the television series based on the novel for Starz. Her work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Vogue Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Bon Appetit, O Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and Lit Hub. She is at work on a book of non-fiction, and is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer & podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been described by The NY Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” He has released two comedy albums, “Waiting for 2042” & “Mainstream American Comic” with the legendary indie rock label Kill Rock Stars. His Netflix standup special “Warn Your Relatives” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Uma Kondabolu was born and raised in Southern India and has been a Queens resident for over 25 years. She works in a hospital and has 2 children (3, if you count her husband). Her oldest son Hari is a standup comic & her youngest son was formerly the hype man in a rap group. Despite this, she is considered to be an excellent mother.

Florencia Varela is the Film Campaign Manager at Peace is Loud, a non-profit organization that supports women peace-builders around the world, where she manages the impact work for the organization's documentary slate. Prior to Peace is Loud, Florencia worked at various arts and literary organizations in NYC, including Nitehawk Cinema, where she managed special screening events and partnerships. Florencia is also a published poet, and completed her MFA at Columbia University. There are very few things in life that Florencia likes more than the crossroads between films and books, other than old-fashioned's paired with films and books.

Katie Hay runs Vulture’s Insider Program, producing screenings and experiences that exhibit Vulture’s pop culture obsessions, most recently programming summer movie nights at Bryant Park. Before Vulture, she managed the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Wave Program, showcasing emerging filmmakers’ diverse cinema at festivals like New Directors/New Films (co-presented by MoMA). Katie holds certificates in film production and acting from NYU and UCLA, studied screenwriting under Robert McKee, and worked for various production companies and a commercial agency. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television.

Questions? Contact events+filmfest@strandbooks.com