Kyra Sedgwick talking about her film Space Oddity - Village East - March 31, 2023
Kyra Sedgwick talking about her film Space Oddity - Village East - March 31, 2023
Cinema Roundup For the Week of June 8

(released 6/7/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from June 8th and beyond. 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 - The next coming 2 weeks has so many filmmakers and actors attending screening for the Tribeca Festival that it too many to list.  Some of the people attending the following screenings are here for Tribeca too.

Persian Lessons - Q&A with Director Vadim Perelman
June 8 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Persian Lessons follows Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a Belgian Jew who avoids sudden execution by swearing to concentration camp guards that he's Persian not Jewish. While the lie saves him temporarily, Gilles is then assigned the task of teaching Farsi, a language he doesn't know, to Koch (Lars Eidinger), the officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over.

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.

Pay or Die - Q&A with Directors Rachael Dyer & Scott Alexander Ruderman
June 8 (7:00pm) - Part of Human Rights Watch FF
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
The US healthcare system is the most expensive in the world; almost half of all Americans reportedly struggle to pay for health care. Pay or Die explores the crushing financial reality for millions of insulin dependent Americans living with diabetes, as pharmaceutical companies push the price of this life saving medication to exorbitant levels, making record breaking profits. This is only further bolstered by the government’s lack of regulation.

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.

Blue Jean - Q&A with Director Georgia Oakley
June 9 (7:35pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
In BLUE JEAN, it's England, 1988, and Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government is about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean (McEwen), a gym teacher, to live a double life. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new student catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core.

Users - Q&A with Director Natalia Almeda
June 9 (7pm) & June 10 (7pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Natalia Almada's Users is a searching and insightful meditation on society’s ceaseless reliance on technology to fulfill human needs. Traversing various settings, from an IVF embryo lab to the world's largest indoor vertical farm, Almada’s experimental essay film critically and intimately explores urgent global issues like climate change and digital privacy, its inquiry rooted in the love, concern, and curiosity of an imperfect mother.

An Evening with Short Film
June 10 (7pm)
Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn)
An evening of indie short films made and curated by local NYC filmmakers.
Drake Woodall - Oh Canada
Michael Muchnij + Ryan Kjolberg - Shutter
Andrew Wonder - Whipped
Ellen Askey & Kyle Oleksiuk - Strangers In The Night
Devin Parker - Bogey
Aldo Vassallo - Manny
Drake Woodall - Tape
Adam Elliott - A Best Man
Kai Dickson - Den Tyste

El General - Q&A with Director Natalia Almeda
June 10 (4:30pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
In this feature-length documentary, Natalia Almada combines personal, familial, and political history to powerful effect. As the great-granddaughter of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles, one of the country's most controversial and brutal revolutionary figures, Almada creates a portrait of a family and a country living in the shadow of the past. Examining the legacy of her ancestors, the director explores Mexico's history and sheds light on current events, highlighting discrepancies between fact and memory.

Mending the Line - Q&A with Director Joshua Caldwell & Producers David Comora & Mark Comora
June 10 (7:20pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 W. Houston Street, Manhattan)
Mending the Line is a story about finding something to make living worthwhile. John Colter, a wounded veteran, returns to the States still carrying the demons of war, hauntingly disturbed by the everyday expectations of friendships and love interests. In Livingston, Montana, he meets Ike, a surly, headstrong fly-fisherman more than twice his age, and Lucy, a talented photographer turned librarian who reads aloud to veterans, both damaged in their own way. While getting treatment for his wounds, both physical and psychological, Colter wants only to re-enlist, to have something to die for. But the real challenge is finding something to live for.

Hustlers - Q&A with Director Lorene Scafaria and critic Matt Zoller Seitz
June 13 (7:00pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
2019 hit about a group of exotic dancers who plot to lighten the wallets of their clientele, has it all: a real story taken from a New York magazine feature; authentic Big Apple locations; a "heist" plot that shows a group of desperate but resourceful characters seeing how many laws they can break without getting caught or feeling irredeemably awful; and a crackling ensemble of women led by Constance Wu as the narrator, a dancer, and Jennifer Lopez as her street-tough but warm-hearted mentor, and the den mother to all the other "girls" in the club.

Extraction 2 - Q&A with Director Sam Hargrave and Producer Anthony Russo
June 13 (4pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
After barely surviving the events of the first movie, Rake is back as the Australian black ops mercenary, tasked with another deadly mission: rescuing the battered family of a ruthless Georgian gangster from the prison where they are being held.

Biosphere - Q&A with Director Mel Eslyn and Actor Mark Duplass
June 14 (7:00pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Billy (Mark Duplass) and Ray (Sterling K. Brown) are lifelong best friends, brothers from another mother–and the last two men on earth. Their survival is largely due to Ray, a brilliant scientist who designed a domed structure with all the systems necessary to sustain life on a planet that could no longer support it. Their custom biosphere is outfitted with basic necessities and creature comforts that make it possible to retain a sense of what life used to be like. A hydroponic garden provides fresh vegetables and a carefully managed fishpond supplies essential protein. Recently, however, fish have begun dying at an alarming rate. With a mere three fish remaining, Billy and Ray face an ominous future. But life may yet find a way.

Asteroid City - Q&A with Actor Bryan Cranston
June 14 (7pm) & June 16 (7pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.

Woodshock - Conversation with Writers/Directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy
June 15 (7pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
A haunted young woman spirals in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug.

Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence - Q&A with Director William Lustig
June 15 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
A priest practicing the Voodoo arts resurrects Matt Cordell, who takes his badge and comes back from the dead to do his bidding.

Happer's Comet
Q&A with Director Tyler Taormina moderated by Michael Cera
June 16 (7pm)
Q&A with Director Tyler Taormina
June 17 (7pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
A mid-night mosaic of a suburban town steeped in alienation. While peering into the late night moments of many residents, we notice that some of them quietly escape into the dark of night via rollerblades.

Our Father, the Devil - Conversation with Director Ellie Foumbi
June 16 (7:30pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Marie works as the head cook in a retirement home in a small mountain town in the south of France. Though she seems relatively well adjusted, Marie harbors a shameful secret: she’s a former child soldier. Silently struggling with the remnants of her traumatic past, Marie hides her PTSD from those around her, but her quiet life is turned upside down when an African priest named Father Patrick begins to volunteer at the home, and immediately recognizes him from her past. As Father Patrick charms her coworkers, Marie must decide if she will exact her revenge or cling to the new life she’s built.

The Graduates - Conversation with Director Hannah Peterson
June 17 (6:30pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
A year after her boyfriend dies from gun violence, Genevieve prepares to graduate high school as she navigates an uncertain future alongside a community that is searching for ways to heal.

Hamlet (2000) - Q&A with Director Michael Almereyda
June 18 (3pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

Lunchbox - Introduced by Director Anne Hu
Firstness - Conversation with Director Brielle Brilliant
June 21 (7pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Lunchbox: When a Taiwanese American woman prepares lunches from her childhood, she struggles to forgive herself for pushing away her immigrant mother.
Firstness: While a dad attempts to heal in an experimental therapy group, his non-binary kid gets closer with an older, recently incarcerated man. Their relationship feels both dreamy and concerning-depending on who's watching. A film that illuminates and complicates our "first" perceptions.

Tokyo Pop - Conversation with Fran Rubel Kuzui
June 22 (7pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
A young rock singer is not appreciated by her band, and gets a postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". She takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend’s rent money and goes to Tokyo. She has numerous cross-cultural adventures and ends up singing with a Japanese rock group looking for a gaijin gimmick.

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.

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy
Q&A with Director Nancy Buirski and Actor Brenda Vaccaro
June 23 (7pm)
Q&A with Director Nancy Buirski and Actor Jennifer Salt
June 24 (7pm)
Q&A with Director Nancy Buirski
June 25 (4:40pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Follows the behind-the-scenes odyssey to get Midnight Cowboy produced, as well as the tumultuous era in which the movie was released and embraced.

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.

Zola - Conversation with Editors Louise Ford & Joi McMillon
June 24 (4pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
In this stranger-than-fiction saga, Zola (Taylour Paige) is a Detroit waitress who strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough). In no time, Stefani seduces Zola into joining her for a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of "hoeism" rapidly transforms into a see-it-to-believe-it 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters, and other unexpected adventures.

Earth Mama - Q&A with Director Savanah Leaf and Actors Tia Nomore & Erika Alexander
June 27 (7pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn)
In Savanah Leaf's devastating debut feature, the writer-director centers the experiences of Gia (Tia Nomore), a pregnant single mother whose two children have been placed in foster care. As Gia fights to reclaim her children, she learns to embrace and cement a place for herself within her Bay Area community. Leaf's delicate and deeply-felt drama, evocatively shot on 16mm by Jody Lee Lipes, heralds the arrival of a singular new storyteller in American film.

birth/rebirth - Conversation with Director Laura Moss
June 27 (7pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Rose (Marin Ireland) is a pathologist who prefers working with corpses over social interaction. She also has an obsession: the reanimation of the dead. Celie (Judy Reyes) is a maternity nurse who has built her life around her bouncy, chatterbox six-year-old daughter, Lila (A. J. Lister). When Lila suddenly falls ill and dies, the two women’s worlds crash into each other as they embark on a dark path of no return and are forced to confront how far they are willing to go to protect what they hold most dear.

Beba - Conversation with Director Rebeca Huntt
June 28 (7pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Reflecting on her childhood and adolescence in New York City as the daughter of a Dominican father and Venezuelan mother, Huntt investigates the historical, societal, and generational trauma she's inherited and ponders how those ancient wounds have shaped her, while simultaneously considering the universal truths that connect us all as humans.

Dope, Hookers and Pavement - Q&A with Director Otto Buj
June 29 (9:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Dope, Hookers and Pavement is a lively and unfiltered account of the early days of the Detroit hardcore punk scene, circa 1981-82, in the notorious Cass Corridor, arguably one of the worst neighborhoods in the city at the time.

Superior - Conversation with Director/Co-Writer Erin Vassilopoulos, Co-Writer/Actor Alessandra Mesa, Actor Ani Mesa
June 30 (7pm) - Part of The Future of Film Is Female, Part 4
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Erin Vassilopolous's debut feature (cowritten by star Alessandra Mesa) follows Marian as she returns to her hometown to hide out with her estranged identical twin sister Vivian, a stay-at-home housewife struggling to conceive and on the verge of a failing marriage. Though they are "identical" (and played by real-life twins Alessandra and Ani Mesa), they live opposite lives. Marian's mysterious return disrupts Vivian's small-town routine, and the sisters must learn to reconnect and reconcile. When Marian's haunting past finally catches up to her, their separate worlds collide, catapulting both sisters into grave danger.

And here's a Q&A with Director Kyra Sedgwick. She spoke about her film Space Oddity after a screening at Village East on March 31, 2023.

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