Leyla Fayyaz (left) and Misty Copeland (center)
Leyla Fayyaz (left) and Misty Copeland (center)
Cinema Roundup For the Week of July 13

(released 7/13/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from July 13th 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 - info@greenroomnewyork.com.

Final Cut - Q&A with Director Michel Hazanavicius
July 13 (7:15pm), July 14 (7:15pm), July 15 (7:15pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 Houston Street, Manhattan)
This zany zombie comedy from Michel Hazanavicius follows a small film crew of a low budget zombie movie who get attacked by real zombies. The cast features Romain Duris, Oscar nominated Bérénice Bejo and Finnegan Oldfield.

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.

A Corpse For Christmas - Q&A with Director Brewce Longo
July 15 (7:30pm)
Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
These NecroPhiladelphia splatter punks celebrate Christmas with old pagan customs and putrefaction passion! A 90s style SOV Horror film based on ghoulish true crimes of real necrophiles!

Make Me Famous - Q&A with Director Brian Vincent and Producer Heather Spore
July 15 (5pm)
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.

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy - Q&A with Director Nancy Buirski
July 16 (6pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th 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.

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.

The Beanie Bubble - Q&A with Zach Galifianakis, Elizabeth Banks, Geraldine Viswanathan, Kristin Gore and Damian Kulash Jr.
July 17 (7pm)
The 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan)
Why did the world suddenly treat stuffed animals like gold? Ty Warner was a frustrated toy salesman until his collaboration with three women grew his masterstroke of an idea into the biggest toy craze in history. The Beanie Bubble is an inventive story about what and who we value, and the unsung heroes whose names didn’t appear on the heart-shaped tag.

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.

Stephen Curry: Underrated - Q&A with Director Peter Nicks
July 19 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Peter Nicks expands his perceptive view on the Bay area to one of its most famous residents: the basketball superstar Stephen Curry. Nicks discovers that Curry's story is a remarkable and wholly unexpected trajectory from a kid with the "wrong" dimensions to a surprising flowering at a Division I college to four-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors – and with much unfinished business, even as Curry works to anchor a modern sports dynasty.

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.

A Gaza Weekend - Q&A with Director Basil Khalil
July 20 (7pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
When a deadly virus escapes from a lab in Israel, a British-Israeli couple seeks refuge in the Gaza Strip, which has hilariously and ironically become one of the safest places in the country. Writer and director Basil Khalil's pitch-perfect political satire is a sharply funny commentary on the Israeli occupation, love, and politics in pandemic times.

While We Watched - Q&A with Director Vinay Shukla
July 20 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Prime time Indian TV journalist Ravish Kumar is renowned for his unflinching takedowns of the ruling establishment. As press freedom disintegrates, Kumar finds himself at the receiving end of harassment, threats and even violence.

How To with John Wilson - Q&A with Director John Wilson
July 20 (8pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
This event is "How To Marathon with John Wilson" as it will start at 12:30pm with a marathon of Seasons 1 & 2 of his show followed by the first 2 episodes of Season 3 at 8pm. The Season 3 screenings will have John Wilson in-person following the screening. John Wilson continues his heartfelt mission of self-discovery, exploration, and observation as he films the lives of fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on six new deceptively simple and wildly random topics.

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.

Starring Jerry As Himself - Q&A with Director Law Chen and Producer Jon Hsu
July 25 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
A family documents how their immigrant father Jerry, a recently retired Florida man, was recruited by the Chinese police to be an undercover agent, only to discover a darker truth.

Faith in Blackness - Q&A with Director Charles Reynoso & Producers Michael A. Lopez, Jr. and Guesnerth Josué Perea
July 25 (6:30pm) - Part of Latin American Foto Festival
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
Black Latine people around the world practice a myriad of faith traditions. This short-form documentary explores the dynamic identities of these AfroLatine people and their journey for a home, a faith in Blackness.

Blockers - Q&A with Director Kay Cannon
July 26 (6:45pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

We Were Famous, You Don't Remember: The Embarrassment
Q&A with Director Daniel Fetherston and Embarrassment drummer Woody Geissmann
July 26 (7pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
Through original interviews, restored concert footage, the band’s inimitable songs, and appearances by fans including Evan Dando, Freedy Johnston, Grant Hart, and Thomas Frank, this documentary shows how the Embarrassment rose out of nowhere in Reagan-era Middle America.

Desperately Seeking Susan - Q&A with Susan Seidelman
July 27 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
A bored New Jersey suburban housewife's fascination with a free-spirited woman she has read about in the personal columns leads to her being mistaken for the woman herself.

Think!Chinatown Short + Big Fight in Little Chinatown - Q&A with filmmakers
July 27 (6:30pm) - Part of Asian American International Film Festival
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
This in-person screening  of Big Fight in Little Chinatown will be preceded by a collection of short films produced by Think!Chinatown. After the screening, there will be a live in-person Q&A with the filmmakers. This screening is part of the series, "Retrospectives in Dialogue".

The Unknown Country
Q&A with director/co-writer Morrisa Maltz, actress/co-writer Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, and actress/co-writer Lily Gladstone
July 27 (7:15pm)
Q&A with actress/co-writer Lily Gladstone and director/co-writer Morrisa Maltz
July 28 (7:15pm, 9:30pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Reeling from a devastating loss, Tana is pulled back into the world by an unexpected invitation to her cousin's wedding. She packs up her late grandmother's Cadillac and hits the open road, driving from her home in Minnesota to South Dakota. After reconnecting with her Oglala Lakota family, Tana sets off to retrace a surreal journey that her grandmother took decades ago, searching for the spot captured in an old family photograph. As she travels, Tana finds connection in the stories of everyday people who’ve settled down far off the main roads including Isaac, who provides a pivotal clue to understanding the lost location that could cultivate closure.

Alphabet City - Q&A with Director Amos Poe
July 28 (9:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Features a leather-jacketed, Pontiac Firebird-driving Vincent Spano as a heroin dealer who decides to turn his back on the dope game when his gangster overlords command him to burn down the tenement building where his mother and sister live—but soon discovers his bosses aren't going to let him walk away without a fight.

North Circular - Q&A with Director Luke McManus and musician Annie Hughes
July 28 (7pm, 9:30pm), July 29 (4:30pm, 7:30pm), July 30 (6pm)
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
North Circular is a documentary musical that travels the length of Dublin's North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, exploring the history, music and streetscapes of a street that links some of the country’s most beloved and infamous places.

Alphabet City - Q&A with Director Amos Poe
July 29 (5:45pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Pontiac Firebird-driving Vincent Spano as a heroin dealer who decides to turn his back on the dope game when his gangster overlords command him to burn down the tenement building where his mother and sister live—but soon discovers his bosses aren’t going to let him walk away without a fight

Topology of Sirens - Q&A with Director Jonathan Davies
July 30 (7:30pm)
Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
Cas, an academic assistant and amateur musician, moves into her aunt's old home. In the bedroom closet, she finds a cache of mysteriously labeled microcassette tapes, containing cryptic recordings of sounds ranging from everyday objects to abstract soundscapes. Cas's curiosity to discover the origin of these tapes leads her on a meditative journey through unknown verdant Californian landscapes, encountering experimental music performances, eccentric shop owners, and early music treasures along the way. As her adventure progresses, the mystery unravels in equally enigmatic and enlightening ways.

Periodical - Q&A with Director Lina Lyte Plioplyte
August 1 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Periodical tells the unexpected story of the human body by exploring the marvel and mystery of the menstrual cycle, from first period to last. But this is not your middle school sex-ed class. Bringing you stories from soccer champions to scientists, from movie stars to young activists, Lina Lyte Plioplyte’s innovative mixed media storytelling uncovers shocking truths, challenges taboos, and celebrates the end of centuries of societal-enforced stigma.

Passages - Q&A with Director Ira Sachs
August 3 (7:00pm), August 4 (7:05pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Set in Paris, this seductive drama tells the story of Tomas and Martin, a gay couple whose marriage is thrown into crisis when Tomas begins a passionate affair with Agathe, a younger woman he meets after completing his latest film.

Our Body - Q&A with Director Claire Simon
August 3 (7pm), August 4 (7pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Cinema is no stranger to exposing women’s bodies. But rarely do we experience their corporeal reality, through sickness and health, aging and change. With access to the examination rooms of a gynecology clinic in Paris, Claire Simon trains her compassionate eye and ear to doctor-patient interactions, both intimate and epic: a young girl candidly divulges an unwanted pregnancy; a trans woman reveals the physiological and emotional challenges of transition; a couple shares their long struggle with infertility; a doctor holds a patient’s hand while breaking the news of terminal illness. Unexpectedly, the filmmaker herself becomes a patient, plunging this omnibus of emotionally engaging stories into even more personal depths.

Shiva Baby - Q&A with Director Emma Seligman and Actor Danny Deferrari
August 9 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
While at a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend.

Here's a video from a Q&A after a screening of Flower with Writer Leyla Fayyaz and Actor Misty Copeland. Both produced the short film. The screening took place July 1st oudoors at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.

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