Tonight the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem allows us to experience the medium’s confrontational power when Director Joshua Oppenheimer leads an intimate Q+A following a screening his critically acclaimed film The Act of Killing. Oppenheimer’s bizarre yet profoundly transformative film has changed the course of dialog in a dark chapter of a global human story.
The film has won numerous awards and most recentlynominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.
Tue Feb 11 7PM + Thu Feb 13 7:30PM 343 Lenox Avenue (btw 127/128), Harlem $10
In 1993, NYPD police officer and caving enthusiast Chris Nicola traveled to the Ukraine to explore one of the world’s longest cave systems. There he found the unthinkable in the most uninhabitable place- artifacts of human life.
Janet Tobias's debut documentary No Place On Earth details Nicola’s decade-long quest to discover who these cave dwellers were, and the stories of the Jewish survivors who sought refuge deep in the earth during the most turbulent period of the Holocaust.
Pelham New York’s Picture House offers a week-long run of this inspiring documentary for those who may have missed its New York City theatrical release. The historic Pelham Picture House has been operating as a movie theater since 1921, and is easily reachable by the New Haven Line at Grand Central Terminal.
If you think you’ve seen every story about the Holocaust, think again.
Through May 30th 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York, $8
El Hosaini’s visually poetic film follows two brothers with Arab roots in the rough London borough of Hackney- one on his way in and the other on his way out of a gang lifestyle that causes them to confront one another and their prejudices.
Q+A w/Director Sally El Hosaini + star James Floyd @ 6:30pm shows Fri + Sat
Opens Fri Mar 22 Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center 144 W65th Street, $13
Winner of Best Documentary at the 1997 Los Angeles Film Festival, this modestly shot film chronicles the human drama that unfolds in a Nissan truck dealership parking lot during a 77-hour competition for a pickup truck. A personal favorite!
And yes, it’s true… Now coming to Broadway as a musical.
Director S.R. Bindler in-person for post-screening Q+A.
Wed Mar 20 8:00pm 323 6th Ave @ West 3rd Street, $16
Director Michel Gondry spent years in workshops with real New York teens at an after-school center in the Bronx called The Point. Without casting, and with real life stories, his point was to "to look into how kids or people change in the context of others."
Shot entirely on a moving bus with untrained actors, the result is an original film that brilliantly captures the lives of a group of students on the last day of high school.
I had the great pleasure of shooting behind-the-scenes video (for dvd extras) and the European poster (below) for this film, and am very proud of all of the actors in it. Please check it out!
Michel Gondry in person for post-screening Q+A @ 7:30pm + intro @ 9:45pm
Fri Mar 8th IFC Center 323 6th Avenue $13
Opens today @ IFC + Mist Harlem 46 West 116th Street
Larry L. King, author of the 1974 Playboy article that brought to light the closing of a 100-year old Texas brothel known as the “Chicken Ranch” died this past December.
Hilarious pre-show by Hedda Lettuce @ 7pm. Don’t miss out.
Thu Mar 7, 7:00 + 9:30pm, 260 West 23rd Street, $7.50
Tonight Jean Cocteau's elegant adaptation of a classic fairytale features a young Cardin's bold designs in 1946's Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête). An impressed Cocteau would later introduce the Italian-born Cardin to French designer Christian Dior, further changing the face and history of fashion.
Don’t miss this masterpiece of surrealist fantasy film on the big screen!
Tue Mar 5 7:30pm Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, $10
Telecommunications innovator Walter L. Shaw invented the speaker phone, touch-tone-dialing, call-forwarding, and even the White House “red phone” system. A man with 39 patents to his name for inventions that would shape our lives for years to come, would die unknown and penniless.
According to his son, Shaw was robbed and restricted by the same corporate America that would profit immensely from his ideas. Embittered, both father and son would turn to organized crime. This is the story of a son setting his father’s record straight.
Narrated by Frank Langella.
Now Showing @ Landmark Sunshine Cinema 143 East Houston Street, $13
Wed Feb 27 6:00pm 211-215 East 49th Street, Free
The French Institute gives us the final word on the latest in brilliant movies about movies from Leos Carax with his purposefully strange + fantastical surrealist journey, Holy Motors. Perhaps we can ask the director himself what it all means…
Tues Feb 26 7:00pm Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, $10