Visiting Filmmakers Series: Penny Lane, with Confessions of a Good Samaritan

Monday, April 8, 2024 5:00 PM to 7:45 PM EDT
Johnson Center, Cinema

Director Penny Lane’s decision to become a “Good Samaritan” by giving one of her kidneys to a stranger launches her on an unexpectedly funny, intimate, and provocative quest to understand why everyone seems to think she’s crazy.

The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2023, where it won the Special Recognition HOPE AWARD. Indeed, this unusual film is full of hope. 









Our screening will be followed by a Q&A with Penny Lane.

See film website. 

See Penny's website, featuring all her films

Penny LanePenny Lane has been making award-winning, innovative nonfiction films for over a decade. This includes six features -- most recently Confessions of a Good Samaritan, premiering at SXSW 2023 -- and over a dozen short films. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Lane has also received grants and awards from the Sundance Film Festival, Cinereach, Creative Capital, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, Wexner Center for the Arts and many others. Penny has been honored with mid-career retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, San Francisco DocFest, Open City Documentary Festival and Cinema Moderne. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name. 

Penny's previous films include Listening to Kenny G (Toronto 2021) for HBO, Hail Satan? (Sundance 2019, and Penny came to Mason's VFS with this remarkable film) for Magnolia Pictures, The Pain of Others (Rotterdam 2018), NUTS! (Sundance 2016) and Our Nixon (Rotterdam 2013). She currently works full time as a film director and co-founder, with Gabriel Sedgwick, of Spinning Nancy. She and Gabriel recently Executive Produced their first project, TIME BOMB Y2K, an HBO Documentary Film, directed by Marley McDonald and Brian Becker.

This event is presented by Visiting Filmmakers Series; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Visual and Performing Arts; Film at Mason; CVPA's Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging; African and African American Studies, English Department; Global AffairsHistory and Art History; University Life; and Women and Gender Studies. 

– George Mason University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, and activities. Please make accommodation requests related to a disability by contacting Anjuli Singh,, at least one week prior to the event.

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For more information: 

Anjuli Singh,, Exhibitions and Office Coordinator, Film at Mason

Cynthia Fuchs, Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Director, Film at Mason

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