Bilge Ebiri, Colin West, Jim Gaffigan - Quad Cinema - February 26, 2023
Bilge Ebiri, Colin West, Jim Gaffigan - Quad Cinema - February 26, 2023
Cinema Roundup For the Week of May 24

(released 5/24/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York. What a special city. Not many places outside of New York and Los Angeles have this opportunity. We will list these screening events even if they are sold out, because maybe standby tickets will come through or maybe you want to wait outside the theater in hopes of getting an autograph. And by special, we generally mean that there will be a filmmaker intro or Q&A following the screening. If we attended any of the screenings in the past week, we'll add photos and video at the end. If you host an event and we missed you, please let us know -

Brooklyn 45 - Q&A with Director Ted Geoghegan and Actors Larry Fessenden, Kristina Klebe, Jeremy Holm
June 1 (7:00pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Friday, December 27 ,1945. Five military veterans gather in the ornate parlour of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they’ve reunited to support their troubled host–but when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all-too-literal. Trapped in their host’s lounge, the Greatest Generation now finds themselves put to one final test, with their only route to freedom being more bloodshed.

The Federal Artist - Q&A with Producer Marc Levin moderated by Co-Director of City Lore Molly Garfinkel
June 1 (7:00pm)
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
The largest federally funded job program for artists in the nation, New York City's CETA Artists project, is the subject of The Federal Artist - a portrait of the beginnings of an historic experiment in public service employment. Not since the Depression's WPA Federal Arts Project had so many artists (over 500) been put to work by the government. In addition to creating a composite portrait of the “Federal Artist," the film looks at government support of artists’ works at a time when the entire public service employment system was under scrutiny. Highlights include "Federal Artists” teaching or performing for whom art is usually inaccessible - the poor, the sick, and the institutionalized. Johan Sellenraad redesigns an aging subway station. Sandra Esteves performs her poetry in the South Bronx. Charles Cook and Jane Goldberg revive tap dancing on the streets of New York. The CETA Jazzmobile brings the sounds of Big Bands to Rikers Island. Bannerjee creates a mural with 5-year-olds. The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York presents a concert at a hospital in Brooklyn. Also profiled is Marguerite Munch’s painting class at the Sirovich Senior Citizens Center. When 86-year-old Sam Bernstein is asked whether such a project is worthwhile, he says, "If it weren't for art, I wouldn't be here."

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
A Conversation with Ellen Lewis and Laura Rosenthal
June 1 (7:00pm)
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Introduced by their mentor and friend, the legendary casting director Juliet Taylor, Ellen Lewis and Laura Rosenthal discuss their craft and careers in this unprecedented onstage conversation, illustrated with movie clips and moderated by exhibition curator Joshua Siegel. A screening of a rare 35mm print of Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog, which they cast together, immediately follows.

Past Lives - Q&A with Director/Writer Celine Song and Actor John Magaro
June 2nd (6:00pm) and June 3rd (6:00pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 W. Houston Street, Manhattan)
Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.

After Sherman - Q&A with Director Jon-Sesrie Goff, Still Processing's J Wortham moderated by WNYC's Alison Stewart
June 2 (7:00pm)
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Beautifully layered in After Sherman the filmmaker, Jon-Sesrie Goff follows his father, a minister, in the aftermath of a mass shooting at his church in Charleston, South Carolina to understand how communities of descendants of enslaved Africans use their unique faith as a form of survival as they continue to fight for America to live up to its many unfulfilled promises to Black Americans.

Concerned Citizen - Q&A with Director Idan Haguel
June 2 (7:00pm) and June 3 (7:00pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Ben thinks of himself as a liberal and enlightened gay man, living in the perfect apartment with his boyfriend Raz.  All that’s missing to complete the picture is a baby, which the couple are trying to make a reality.  Meanwhile, Ben decides to improve his up-and-coming neighborhood in gritty south Tel-Aviv by planting a new tree on his street. But this good deed soon triggers a sequence of events that leads to the brutal police arrest of an Eritrean immigrant. The guilt trip that ensues will fundamentally challenge Ben’s vision of himself and hi s society, in the process threatening to destroy his relationship and aspirations of fatherhood.  A satirical parable on the insidious ways in which privilege can unleash the prejudice within.

Falcon Lake - Q&A with Director Charlotte Le Bon
June 2 (8:45pm), June 3 (7:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
The astonishingly assured debut feature from French Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon, Falcon Lake stars Joseph Engel as Bastien, a 13-year-old Parisian who, while on a holiday with his family in rural Quebec, becomes increasingly close to Chloé (Sara Montpetit), the 16-year-old daughter of an old friend of his mother. A tender tale of first love that progresses with the disconcertingly eerie mood of a gothic horror film—the lake by the family’s rented cabin is haunted by a ghost legend—Le Bon’s ruminative, atmospheric drama subverts every coming of age cliché to create something entirely distinctive, quietly unnerving, and achingly emotional, seeking out the darkness on the fringes of a sunny summer idyll.

Anonymous Sister - Q&A with Director Jamie Boyle
June 2 (7:15pm), June 3 (2:50pm & 7:15pm), June 4 (2:50pm), June 6 (7:15pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
When a young woman turns to the camera for refuge, she ends up with a firsthand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Thirty years in the making, ANONYMOUS SISTER is Emmy Award®-winning director Jamie Boyle’s chronicle of her family’s collision with the opioid epidemic.

Brokeback Mountain - Q&A with Production Designer Judy Becker
June 3 (2:00pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Judy Becker’s first period film called upon her to evoke 20 years of hardscrabble life and passing time in the American West via production design, as Lee’s devastating romantic drama tracks the complicated, verboten romance between Wyoming cowboys Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) from 1963 to 1983.

We Need To Talk About Kevin - Q&A with Production Designer Judy Becker
June 4 (6:45pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Tilda Swinton gives a revelatory performance as Eva Khatchadourian, an anguished mother whose son, the Kevin of the title, is currently imprisoned for a killing spree he committed shortly before his 16th birthday, reflecting—shown via flashback—on her failures to connect with the difficult, withdrawn child throughout his upbringing. Becker, under Ramsay’s direction, dressed the Khatchadourian home to deliberately suggest the artifice of a film set—a just slightly-off soundstage version of domestic comfort and order that betrays something deeply amiss within the family.

American Psycho - Q&A with Director Mary Harron
June 5 (7:30pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, and style, with a stunning fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes. murders, and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling. This special screening is in tribute to Producer Edward R. Pressman, who passed away earlier this year. Director Mary Harron will participate in an in-person Q&A after the screening.

The UnRedacted - Q&A with Meg Smaker and Sebastian Junger
June 6 (6:30pm)
Bronx Documentary Center Annex (364 E. 151st Street, Bronx)
Join the BDC for a screening and discussion of Meg Smaker's documentary, The UnRedacted, a film that focuses on a group of Yemeni men that were trained by al-Qaeda, imprisoned in Guantanamo, and then sent to the world’s first rehabilitation center for "terrorists," located in Saudi Arabia. Filmed at the rehab center over three years, with unprecedented access, this film is a complex and nuanced exploration of the men we have heard so much about but never heard from. The screening of The UnRedacted will be followed by director Meg Smaker in conversation with author Sebastian Junger and an audience discussion.

Time of Moulting - Q&A with Director Sabrina Mertens
June 6 (7:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
In a small town in 1970s West Germany, Stephanie (played by a charming Zelda Espenschied as a young child, and a surly Miriam Schiweck “ten years later”) is raised by two parents who have no business having children. Her mother, who is never far from despair-induced collapse, suffers from an unspecified medical condition and her father makes it clear that he has no patience for his daughter. In Sabrina Mertens impressive debut feature, we see how young Stephanie takes solace in exploring the mysteries hidden away in the increasingly untidy house, particularly the trunk full of her grandfather’s butcher’s equipment while older Stephanie takes far more sinister comfort in the tools found therein.

Nobody Was Here... The Life of TMNK - Q&A with Rico James and Malcolm A. Rolling, moderated by Amon Focus
June 8 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
NOBODY WAS HERE... THE LIFE OF TMNK is a captivating and intimate documentary that delves into the enigmatic world of renowned street artist TMNK, aka Nobody. Known for his powerful and provocative pieces that challenge social norms and explore the human condition, TMNK's artwork has left an indelible mark on NYC’s urban landscape. TMNK's His distinct style has gained global recognition and captivated the attention of art enthusiasts, collectors, and critics alike. Through candid interviews with TMNK's peers, fellow artists, and supporters, the documentary sheds light on TMNK's background, influences, and motivations. His artistic process is vividly portrayed – from conceptualization to execution – showcasing the meticulousness and deep emotional resonance imbued in his art. Beyond the art itself, Nobody Was Here explores TMNK’s emotions, struggles, and triumphs as he navigates the world of art and grapples with questions of identity, authenticity, and the impact of his work on society. The film also touches on TMNK's relationships with fellow artists, supporters, and advocates who share his passion for artistic expression and social justice.

Q&A with Director Mary Harron, Actor Barbara Sukowa, and Screenwriter John Walsh
June 9 (7:15pm)
Q&A with Director Mary Harron
June 10 (7:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho), Dalíland stars Ben Kingsley as the titular Salvador Dalí, one of the most world-renowned artists of the 20th century and focuses on the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between Dalí and his wife, Gala (Barbara Sukowa), as their seemingly unshakable bond begins to stress and fracture. Set in New York and Spain in 1974, the film is told through the eyes of James (Christopher Briney), a young assistant keen to make his name in the art world, who helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a big gallery show.

Loren & Rose - Q&A with Director Russell Brown and Actor Jacqueline Bisset
June 23 (4:30pm, 7:00pm), June 24 (1:45pm, 7:00pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Rose is a legendary actress trying to revive her career. Loren is a promising filmmaker. Over the course of their many encounters, a deep friendship evolves as their love of art, understanding of grief, and faith in life’s potential guide them through personal and creative transformations. Kelly Blatz and Jacqueline Bisset star with a chemistry that is at once authentic and intoxicating.

The Sleepy Time Gal - Q&A with Actor Jacqueline Bisset
June 24 (4:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Two women search for meaning in lost loves and missed chances. As one mother (Jacqueline Bisset) looks to her past, including a past love (Seymour Cassel), to gain strength to face the future, a daughter (Martha Plimpton) investigates the emotional wounds which have kept her from finding love.

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