Inside The Cinema Society's Exclusive Screening Of "Equity"

by Conor Lane · July 27, 2016

Last night the Cinema Society with Bloomberg and Thomas Pink hosted a screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ Equity at MoMA. The evening was capped off with a stunning after-party at SixtyFive – the spectacular indoor/outdoor bar on 30 Rock’s 65th floor (who would’ve guessed?).

All in all, Equity was a fantastic film. Seriously, we went into this blind and left the theater very impressed. The story of women on Wall Street is one that isn’t often chronicled in the media – much less major motion pictures. The film follows senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) - a sharp, experienced, and resolute competitor in high-stakes finance, but whose track record is overlooked when she is passed over for promotion at her Wall Street firm. For Naomi, a sense of unease permeates both her professional and private life. She reconnects at a career-mentoring alumni event with an old friend from college days, Samantha Ryan (Alysia Reiner), a Justice Department investigator, whose focus has shifted to white-collar crime, investigating Wall Street finance. Uh oh...

Equity premieres this weekend in select theaters across the country. It is a must-see film with a strong message, and its poignancy will be sure to leave you wondering how anything like this could happen in the real world. The cast and crew of the film were in attendance at the screening as well as the after party, and everyone was able to enjoy Wall Street themed cocktails – aptly named the IPO and Cachet - sponsored by Qui tequila. We wonder if Ray Liotta, who was also in attendance, had a beef with the tequila partnership considering the commercials he does for 1800. A few of the other attendees outside of the cast and crew were Jackie Cruz (Orange is the New Black), Catherine Curtin (also of Orange is the New Black fame), Nicole Trunfio, Nolan Funk, Laura Bell Bundy, Rosanna Scotto, Chuck Scarborough, Pat Cleveland, June Ambrose, Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), Caroline Lowe, Eve Plumb, Candy Pratts Price, Adam Glassman, Debbie Bancroft, Joshua Bell, Kiera Chaplin, RJ King, Drew Nieporent, Mara Teigen, Louisa Warwick, Timo Weiland, and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir.

[Photos courtesy Patrick McMullan]