October 10, 2022

Martin Scorsese

American Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Martin Scorsese addressed The Economic Club of Chicago on October 10, in front of a live audience. In a wide-ranging discussion with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Managing Partner, WndrCo. Topics ranged from favorite movies and how cinema has changed, to Scorsese’s childhood in New York. He also discussed his non-profit, The Film Foundation, which restores and preserves damaged films from around the world.

I don’t think I’ve ever watched Mean Streets from beginning to end. It’s too hard.

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Martin Scorsese on his film Mean Streets.


Martin Scorsese

Director, Producer & Screenwriter

Martin Scorsese is an Academy Award®-winning Director and one of the most influential filmmakers working today. He has directed critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed–which won an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture–Shutter Island, and Hugo for which he received a Golden Globe® for Best Director. His 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street received DGA, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Director, as well as a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Film. 2016 saw the release of Scorsese’s passion project, Silence, based on the acclaimed novel by Shusaku Endo. The Irishman was released in 2019 and received 10 Oscar® nominations. Scorsese has directed numerous documentaries including the Peabody Award winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia; as well as Italianamerican, The Last Waltz, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies, Il Mio Viaggio in Italia, Public Speaking, Shine a Light, and George Harrison: Living in the Material World, for which Scorsese received Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. In 2010, Scorsese executive produced the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, winning an Emmy and DGA Award for directing the pilot episode. In 2014, he co-directed The 50 Year Argument with his long time documentary editor, David Tedeschi. Scorsese directed the pilot episode of Vinyl for HBO in 2016, a series depicting the 1970s music scene in New York. In 2019, Netflix released Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese; the director’s second film about Dylan, this one focused on his legendary 1975 tour. In 2021, Netflix released Scorsese’s docuseries Pretend It’s A City, his second collaboration with Fran Lebowitz. Scorsese is currently in post-production on Killers of the Flower Moon. Scorsese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history.


Jeffrey Katzenberg

Managing Partner / WndrCo

Jeffrey Katzenberg is co-founder and managing partner of WndrCo, a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer technology businesses. Katzenberg draws on more than 40 years of experience as an entertainment industry leader. After serving as President of Production at Paramount Studios, he became Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. He is a co-founder of DreamWorks SKG. Jeffrey Katzenberg was the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Quibi. Katzenberg received an Honorary Palme D’Or from the Cannes Film Festival and he was inducted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and received the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Award, as well as the Motion Picture Academy’s prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board for the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, Katzenberg serves on the boards of several cultural, research and educational institutions.