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Gallery Talk with Kristi Zea + The Silence of the Lambs

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019

Location: Redstone Theater

Production designer Kristi Zea created the visual world of The Silence of the Lambs. Before the 7:00 p.m. screening of the film, Zea will talk to visitors about her work in the Museum’s core exhibition Behind the Screen, which features a rich array of material from the film’s design process, including concept sketches, research material, set models, plans, and mood boards.

Please note: Tickets for the gallery talk before the screening are sold out. 

About Kristi Zea

Born in New York City, Zea has been acclaimed for her work as a production designer, costume designer, and producer of major feature films. Zea was production designer for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Goodfellas, and New York Stories. For Jonathan Demme, she designed The Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate, Beloved, and Philadelphia. Additional production design and second unit directing credits include Sam Mendes’s Revolutionary Road (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), Neil Jordan’s The Brave One, and James L. Brooks’s Broadcast News.

Following an education at Middlebury College and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University School of General Studies, Zea became a costume designer for Alan Parker’s Fame and Shoot the Moon, and Academy Award–winning film Terms of Endearment. Zea also produced Brooks’s As Good As It Gets.

For television, Zea’s designs were seen in Black Nativity, HBO’s The Leftovers, NBC’s American Odyssey and The Comedian. Zea directed Anna Deavere Smith in HBO’s Notes From the Field, based on Smith’s award winning play. Currently, Zea is designing NBC’s New Amsterdam (2018). Zea’s first documentary, Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, which she produced and directed, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.