Director Brian Vincent (right) and Doc Subject Frank Holliday (left)
Director Brian Vincent (right) and Doc Subject Frank Holliday (left)
Cinema Roundup For the Week of June 29

(released 6/29/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from June 29th and beyond. 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 -

Every Body - Q&A with Filmmaker Julie Cohen
June 29 (7pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 Houston Street, Manhattan)
EVERY BODY is a revelatory investigation of the lives of intersex people. The film tells the stories of three individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving adulthoods after each decided to set aside medical advice to keep their bodies a secret and instead came out as their authentic selves.

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.

Ways of Seeing: Film School Shorts - Conversation with Filmmakers
June 29 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
Film School Shorts is a program of films from emerging filmmakers in the university space. It is a celebration of the upcoming generation of filmmakers in NYC, as they implore thoughts on the politics of film school as young femme students, auteurs, and creators.

New York Filmmakers' Short Films - Q&A with some of the Filmmakers
June 30 (7:30pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th Street, Manhattan)
The New Plaza Cinema is excited to present a collection of ten short films by talented New York filmmakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover the authentic voices of New Yorker filmmakers who use their art to share their unique perspectives on the world around them. Filmmakers: Edward Pomerantz, Michael Jacobsohn, Ken Mark, Gene Marlow, Adetoro Makinde, Andrew Kra, Shira Levin, Matthew Mallinson, Hannah Reimann, and Manfred Kirchheimer.

Wham! - Q&A with Director Chris Smith
June 30 (7pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
In 1982, the best of friends and still teenagers - George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as WHAM! set out to conquer the world. By June of 1986 they played their very last gig at Wembley Stadium having done exactly that. Now for the very first time, told in their own words, the amazing story of how in four years they dominated the charts around the world with timeless and classic pop songs.

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.

Millie Lies Low - Q&A with Director Michelle Savill
June 30 (7:15pm), July 1 (7:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Millie, an architecture student from Wellington, New Zealand, has landed a competitive internship with a prestigious firm in New York. After telling everyone she knows about the opportunity, she suddenly suffers a panic attack as her plane is about to take off, and misses her flight. In a desperate pivot, Millie decides to save face by hiding in plain sight around Wellington, suitcase in tow, using Instagram and the power of denial to depict a trip to New York City that never happened. Trapped in a spiral of hilariously uncomfortable self-inflected scenarios, Millie will have to dig deep to restore her mental health and her dignity.

Umberto Eco - A Library of the World - Q&A with Filmmaker Davide Ferrario
June 30 (6:20pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
The Italian journalist, critic, philosopher, professor of semiotics, medievalist, bibliophile, and best-selling novelist, Umberto Eco (1932-2016) takes us on a journey through his Milanese library of 50,000 volumes, and, more impressively, the library of his mind.

In the Company of Rose - Q&A with Director James Lapine
June 30 (7pm), July 1 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Rose Styron, the widow of the great American novelist William Styron, shares the fascinating story of her complex life as a poet, journalist, human rights activist, and life partner to William.

As Far As I Can Walk - Q&A with Director, Producer, Star, & Cinematographer
June 30 (7:20pm), July 1 (7:20pm), July 2 (3pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
As Far As I Can Walk follows a couple who left Ghana with a dream of a better life in Europe and now live as refugees in Belgrade. It is a re-imagining of a traditional medieval epic in which contemporary African migrants take the place of Serbian national heroes. Q&As with director Stefan Arsenijevic, star Ibrahim Koma, cinematographer Jelena Stankovic & producer Miroslav Mogorovic

Flower - Q&A with Actor/Producer Misty Copeland
July 1 (8:30pm)
Lincoln Center - Damrosch Park (Amsterdam Avenue & West 62nd Street, Manhattan)
Paying homage to Black silent films of the 1920s, Lauren Finerman directs a poignant dialogue-free story about a young woman named Rose, who has had to place her dreams on hold as she cares for her ailing mother, Gloria, who is living with dementia. As Rose struggles to keep a roof over their heads, she watches the neighborhood around her fade away, much like her mother's memory, until the mysterious Sterling helps to highlight the everlasting culture of community and the power of strength through unity, bringing Rose renewed hope for the future.

Make Me Famous - Q&A with Director Brian Vincent and Producer Heather Spore
July 2 (2:45pm), July 3 (7pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th Street, Manhattan)
Make Me Famous is the story of the Lower East Side art movement through an unknown artist, fully allowing the creativity itself to take centerstage. Set during arguably the last great art explosion in American history, Make Me Famous tells the story of unknown painter, Edward Brezinski in his quest for fame. The film gives an intimate portrait of what it was like to be an artist in N.Y.C. in the 1980s.

An American Werewolf in London - Appearance by Griffin Dunne
July 7 (7pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Queens)
John Landis's film follows two American backpackers whose destinies are changed forever when they decide to stray from the roads while traveling across rural England. After being bitten by a strange furry animal, David Kessler (Naughton) wakes up in a London hospital and finds himself plagued by ominous dreams and foreboding ghosts telling him to beware the next full moon.

Amanda - Q&A with Director Carolina Cavalli
July 7 (7:30pm), July 8 (7:30pm), July 9 (3:05pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Born into an upper-class family with a doting mother who foots the bill for her indolent lifestyle, 24-year-old combative Amanda (emerging talent Benedetta Porcaroli) searches for boyfriends but only finds misfits who are repelled by her intensity. She longs for connection but has never had a friend of her own... until she discovers a long lost childhood bond, spurring a mission to convince another recluse that they are still best friends.

Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat
Q&A with Director Gary Matoso and Producer Peter Yoakum
July 7 (7pm) & July 8 (7pm)
Q&A with Directors Gary Matoso and Cameron Zohoori
July 9 (2pm & 5pm)
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat  takes viewers into the heart of the volunteer fire service, and by extension on a journey through the many facets of America. Locations like California's wine (and wildfire) country, a small Nebraska farming community, and an Orthodox Jewish enclave of New York set the backdrop for a series of stories about service, personal growth, and finding purpose. Together they convey the depth, diversity, and critical role volunteer fire departments play across the country.

Giving Birth to a Butterfly - Q&A with Director Ted Schaefer and Actor Annie Parisse
July 10 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
After having her identity stolen online, Diana Dent leaves her family and goes on a road trip with her son's pregnant girlfriend to track down the perpetrators. The mismatched travel companions form an unexpected bond as they concede to the hardships of their own lives, and their hunt for answers becomes a surreal journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Plan C - Q&A with Director Tracy Droz Tragos
July 11 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Plan C focuses on efforts by the grassroots organization of the same name to expand access to abortion across the United States via the distribution of at-home abortion pills through mail and the internet.

Afire - Q&A with Director Christian Petzold
July 12 (8pm), July 13 (8pm), July 14 (7:30pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon and photographer Felix are surprised by the presence of Nadja, a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at Felix's family's holiday home. Nadja distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel and with brutal honesty, forces him to confront his caustic temperament and self-absorption. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and tensions escalate when a handsome lifeguard and Leon's tight-lipped book editor also arrive.

El Equipo - Q&A with Director Bernardo Ruiz
July 12 (7pm)
DCTV Firehouse Cinema (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Part true-crime thriller, part procedural, El Equipo delves into the fascinating story of Dr. Clyde Snow, the legendary US forensic scientist, and a group of Latin American students who together would ultimately change the course of forensic science and human rights.

The Five Demands - Q&A with Filmmakers Andrea Weiss, Greta Schiller & others
July 13 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
The Five Demands is a riveting story about the student strike that changed the face of higher education forever. In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested, and the resignation of the college president.

The Five Demands - Q&A with Filmmakers Andrea Weiss and Greta Schiller
July 14, July 15, July 18, July 20
DCTV Firehouse Cinema (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
The Five Demands is a riveting story about the student strike that changed the face of higher education forever. In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested, and the resignation of the college president.

Cash Cow - Q&A with Director/EP Matt Barats and Editor/EP Whit Conway
July 14 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Matt Barats occupies himself with historical research, following the timeline and locations of Joseph Smith's life. But as financial troubles seem to weigh heavily on him (and his Domino's Pizza commercial has still not aired yet), a dramatic detour is taken in order to get his life (and the film) back on track.

Queens - Q&A with Director Yasmine Benkiran
July 14 (7pm) - Part of Contemporary Arab Cinema
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Three women—with the police on their tail—embark on a drawn-out escape that takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Moroccan Atlas mountains until they reach the Atlantic coast.

Earth Mama - Q&A with Director Savanah Leaf
July 14 (8pm), July 15 (8pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
In Savanah Leaf's devastating debut feature, the writer-director centers the experiences of Gia, 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.

20 Days in Mariupol - Q&A with Filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov
July 14 (7:10pm), July 15 (7:10pm), July 16 (2:45pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
As Russian troops advance on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a small crew of Associated Press reporters are trapped amongst the besieged civilian population. 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL is the unflinching visual chronicle of this harrowing ordeal.

Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd - Q&A with Director Roddy Bogawa
July 14 (7:15pm), July 15 (7:15pm), July 16 (5:10pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Follow the moment Barrett was kicked out of Pink Floyd, from the narrative of him going from groundbreaking musician to iconic rocker and manic, unstable star.

Soula - Q&A with Director Issaad Salah
July 15 (6pm) - Part of Contemporary Arab Cinema
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Soula, a young single mother, is rejected by her family in the interest of preserving their honor, and while trying to survive, finds herself caught in a never-ending spiral of violence. Despite many dangerous encounters, Soula marches along the harrowing roads of Algeria toward her inevitable destiny, willing to do anything to save her daughter in this stunning journey of hardship, sacrifice, and perseverance.

NoBudge Live #34 - Q&A with Filmmakers
July 17 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
NoBudge is happy to present new work from a group of emerging indie filmmakers mostly based in New York. These eight short films tackle a variety of themes related to the worlds of online sex, art dealing, LARPing, and activism. They tend towards the dramatic but offer moments of off-kilter humor and social commentary. Some are provocative while others are unexpectedly moving. Four of the films are NYC or Brooklyn premieres and each director will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A and Afterparty. Directors are: Alexis Gil, Dana Greenleaf, Chester Vincent Toye, Samina Saifee, Dustin Waldman, Alex Bliss, Marissa Goldman, and Ben Brewer.

Blue Sunshine - Q&A with Director Jeff Lieberman
July 19 (8:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
It's the 1970s in Los Angeles and people are freaking out! One second, they're perfectly normal, everyday yuppies who hang out at parties, raise their kids, and toil away at work; but then, seemingly out of nowhere, their hair begins to fall out and they kill everyone in sight! The mayhem erupts all around the city, as one man tries to solve the mystery of the city wide killing spree. All signs point to a dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine that the murderer's all took in the hippie-dippy haze of the 1960s.

Splatter Farm - Q&A with Director Mark Polonia
July 20 (9:45pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
A pair of twins are sent off to spend time at their aunt’s farm, but they have stepped into a nightmare as the farm's handyman turns out to be a sadistic serial killer who's been slaughtering locals and keeping a collection of body parts out in the barn.

BDC Films Fellows - Screening + Q&A
July 21 (6:30pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
The Bronx Documentary Center invites the community to a special screening featuring documentary shorts created by filmmakers in the BDC Films Fellowship Program, a course that seeks to empower and support traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers who are interested in pursuing film. View work by this year's cohort of BDC Films Fellows: Sarah Alvira, Agasha Irving, Auralynn Rosario, and Similejesu (Simi) Sonubi.

And here's pics and video from a Q&A with Director Brian Vincent, Producer Heather Spore and doc subjects Lenny Kisko and Frank Holliday. They spoke after the film "Make Me Famous" screened at New Plaza Cinema on June 25, 2023.

Producer Heather Spore and Doc Subject Lenny Kisko

Doc Subject Frank Holliday

Doc Subject Lenny Kisko

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