Screenings of The West Wing at the LBJ Library

May 19, 2004

What: An Evening With Thomas Schlamme

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Where: LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78705

Admission: Free

Times: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Public Contact: LBJ Library: (512) 721-0200 or Austin Film Festival: 1(800)310-FEST

Thomas Schlamme, the former executive producer and frequent director of the Emmy-winning drama The West Wing will bring two episodes that he directed to the LBJ Auditorium in a screening hosted by the Austin Film Festival and the LBJ Library and Museum.

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by writer Bud Shrake. The show's creator, Aaron Sorkin, called one of the episodes that will be screened as Schlamme's best work yet.

To complete the Presidential Experience, visitors are invited to see the traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden . Doors to the LBJ Library and Museum will re-open at 6 p.m. to allow visitors to see the exhibit before the 7:30 p.m. screenings.

To tell the story of the presidency, the exhibition will feature five audio-visual presentations and two interactive experiences. The key storytellers, however, are the 350 artifacts ranging from the inkwell Lincoln used for the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to the gavel from Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in view in The American Presidency.

Schlamme, a 1972 graduate of the University of Texas' College of Communications, has gone on to forge a long and varied career in television and feature films. He has developed a very identifiable visual style that shaped such series as Spin City , The Larry Sanders Show , David E. Kelley's Boston Public , along with Sports Night , and The West Wing , winning him multiple Director's Guild and Emmy Awards. His feature film credits include Miss Firecracker with Holly Hunter and the Mike Myers comedy So I Married An Axe Murderer , among others.

He is currently teaming up with his long-time collaborator and West Wing creator, Sorkin, on a feature film The Farnsworth Invention. Schlamme recently shot a television pilot, Jack and Bobby, here in Austin that was just picked up by the WB Network. Schlamme also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Film Institute.