"The Bling Ring," directed by Sofia Coppola, to be screened on February 10, 2017 at UAlbany

Film is based on a true story recounted in the book "The Bling Ring" by Nancy Jo Sales

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Still from "The Bling Ring" (2013), directed by Sofia Coppola

ALBANY, NY (01/24/2017)(readMedia)-- THE BLING RING (United States, 2013, 90 minutes, color and b/w, directed by Sofia Coppola) will be shown on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.

Inspired by actual events, the film tells the story of a group of fame- and fashion-obsessed teenagers who use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Directed by Oscar award-winning director Sofia Coppola, it is based on the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" (which was later expanded into the book The Bling Ring) by Nancy Jo Sales. Salon.com called the film "Brilliant. Highly addictive." The film stars Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julian, and Taissa Farmiga.

Nancy Jo Sales will be appearing at the Writers Institute on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in UAlbany's Campus Center Room 375 on the Uptown Campus to discuss her new book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers (2016). Her appearance is sponsored in association with UAlbany's Sexuality Month.

For additional information contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.