Damian Lewis, Lodge Kerrigan, Christopher Abbott - Lincoln Center - August 20, 2022
Damian Lewis, Lodge Kerrigan, Christopher Abbott - Lincoln Center - August 20, 2022
Cinema Roundup For the Week of August 17

(released 8/16/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from August 11th and beyond. These are the screenings that have actors, directors or producers at them to answer questions from critics and audience members.  With the SAG-AFTRA strike going on, there may be a lesser amount of actors at upcoming screenings. Nevertheless, here's the updated list with mostly directors. If you host an event and we missed you, please let us know - info@greenroomnewyork.com.

Birth/Rebirth - Q&A with Director Laura Moss
August 18 (7:40pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Rose is a pathologist who prefers working with corpses over social interaction.She also has an obsession—the reanimation of the dead. Celie is a maternity nurse who has built her life around her bouncy, chatterbox six-year-old daughter, Lila.When one tragic night, Lila suddenly falls ill and dies, the two women's worlds crash into each other. They embark on a dark path of no return where they will be forced to confront how far they are willing to go to protect what they hold most dear.

Mutt - Q&A with Director Vuk Lungulov-Klotz
August 18 (6:50pm), August 19 (6:50pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Within the space of 24 hours, Feña is swept through the extremes of human emotion when people who seemed to disappear when he transitioned are suddenly back in his life.

The Adults - Q&A with Director Dustin Guy Defa
August 18 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
The Adults follows Eric as he returns home for a short visit and finds himself caught between reuniting with his sisters and chasing a victory with his old poker group. As the trip extends, Eric finds it increasingly difficult to avoid confrontations and revelations as his carefully constructed façade of his adulthood gives way to old childhood conflicts. While Maggie attempts to recreate the intimate world the three of them once shared, Eric and Rachel (Hannah Gross) are faced with the divide between their childhood selves and the adults they are now.

Cats 2 - Q&A with filmmakers
August 19 (7:30pm)
Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
In December 2019, 5 best friends went together to see CATS at the movies in Seattle, WA. They were astounded by the bewildering film they had encountered. Keep in mind, several of these friends had starred in a small town theater production of Cats (and this theater was run by a cult) when they were growing up. When the quarantine of 2020 hit these friends vowed to put their creative minds together to create CATS 2. The film is an experimental romp through the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. Through the mystery of light and form, CATS 2 chronicles the metaphysical transformation of Macavity, as told by former community theater child stars. CATS 2 is simultaneously a meta-commentary on the truths of fear and desire and a vessel of pure love carefully crafted to be the singular representation of our collective soul. It also has puppets and stuff.

Batang West Side - Q&A with Director Lav Diaz
August 20 (5pm)
Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
Shot in color on 35mm around Jersey City, BATANG WEST SIDE is a noirish police procedural that examines Filipino American immigrant communities and the myriad social and psychological problems they face.

Bad Things - Q&A with Director Stewart Thorndike
August 22 (6:45pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
When a group of friends escape the city to spend the weekend in an abandoned hotel, a pervading eerie energy begins to illuminate the cracks in their little family unit. Ruthie Nodd inherits the hotel from her grandmother and with bad childhood memories threatening to burst to the surface, Ruthie wants to sell the hotel and never return. But her partner Cal drags her there in the hopes of returning it to its former glory. They are joined by their amiable friend Maddie and mysterious grifter Fran, whose unhinged seduction threatens to drive a wedge between the couple. As the friends dance, cook, flirt, and fight up and down the halls of the hotel, they begin to find themselves indelibly entwined in the hotel's seductive embrace and start doing bad things to each other.

New Strains - Q&A with Directors Artemis Shaw and Prashanth Kamalakanthan
August 22 (7:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
Kallia and Ram have just begun their first vacation as a couple, and they’re already bickering. Though a mysterious new illness is on the brink of exploding into a pandemic, and despite Ram’s protestations, Kallia insists that they are going to have a fun week in New York City. Within hours of their arrival, a nation-wide lockdown is announced, ruining their plans. Over the course of their stay, they descend into a toxic pattern of jealousy and codependency. Is their childish behavior simply the result of cabin fever, or is it something more?

Rotting in the Sun - Q&A with Director Sebastián Silva and Actor Jordan Firstman
August 23 (8:30pm)
The Old American Can Factory (Rooftop Films - 232 Third Street, Brooklyn)
Follows social media celebrity Jordan Firstman as he starts a search for filmmaker Sebastian Silva who went missing in Mexico City. He suspects that the cleaning lady in Sebastian's building may be involved in his disappearance.

Brighton Beach - Q&A with Directors Carol Stein and Susan Wittenberg
August 24 (7pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Set against the iconic Coney Island boardwalk, Brighton Beach is a neighborhood in constant re-formation. This 1980 documentary offers a vérité portrait of the immigrant communities that changed the Brooklyn neighborhood—mostly Soviet Jews and Puerto Ricans—as they mingle on the boardwalk with long-time residents, eye one another, and coexist around a shared sense of uprootedness. From directors Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein, Brighton Beach is an unposed, seductively shot, color film about life’s simple pleasures and the creating of a community. The new 4K restoration is courtesy of IndieCollect.

The Plot Against Harry - Q&A with Director Michael Roemer
August 25 (6pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
A small-time Jewish racketeer, just out of prison, finds himself in a quandary. Returning to his old neighborhood, he finds that the streets that he and his friends once controlled have now been taken over by blacks and Hispanics. On top of that, he must try to get back with his family, who want nothing to do with him.

NYC Short Film Showcase - Q&A with filmmakers
August 25 (7:30pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th Street, Manhattan)
New Plaza Cinema celebrates our community of filmmakers. Six times a year, we screen ten short films to highlight the work of our community of artists. We hope that you will join us in celebrating their work.

The Elephant 6 Recording Co
Q&A with Director CB Stockfleth, Producer Lance Bangs, Musician Robert Schneider, moderator David Cross
August 25 (7:20pm)
Q&A with Director CB Stockfleth, Producer Lance Bangs, Musician Robert Schneider, moderator Busy Phillips
August 26 (7:20pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
In the 1990s, cheap rent and big houses in Athens, GA helped incubate bands Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, and many more. This psychedelic rock music, often created by non-musicians and recorded on creaky 4-tracks, developed a loyal following who shared cassettes and 45s and packed into raucous live shows. Featuring pioneers Robert Schneider and Jeff Mangum, performances, and video clips, this brisk-paced rock doc charts the genesis of that uber-creative, DIY music scene and captures its electricity and joy.

Our Father, The Devil
Q&A with Writer/Director Ellie Foumbi, moderated by Shaka King
August 25 (7:30pm)
Q&A with Writer/Director Ellie Foumbi, moderated by Actress Adepero Oduye
August 26 (7:30pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Babetida Sadjo stars as Marie, the head chef at a retirement home in small-town France. Her easy day-to-day life spent caring for residents, hanging out with her co-worker and best friend Nadia, and teasing a potential new romance is disrupted by the arrival of Father Patrick, an African priest whom she recognizes from a terrifying episode in her homeland. As he further endears himself to the residents and staff, Marie is forced to decide how best to deal with this reminder of her troubled past.

Piaffe - Q&A with Director Ann Oren
August 25 (7pm), August 26 (7pm), August 27 (3:10pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Introverted and unqualified, Eva is unexpectedly tasked with foleying the sound for a commercial featuring a horse. As she slowly acclimates to the new job, her obsession with creating the perfect equine sounds grows into something more tangible. Eva harnesses this new physicality, becoming more confident and empowered, and lures an unassuming botanist into an intriguing game of submission.

Bottoms - Q&A with Director Emma Seligman
August 26 (5:15pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
BOTTOMS is a laugh-out-loud raunchy comedy starring Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri as PJ and Josie, two queer high school losers who get wrapped up in starting a self-defense fight club at their high school to get their cheerleader crushes to notice them – and to lose their virginities before they graduate.

Earth Mama - Intro with Director Savanah Leaf and Casting Directors Geraldine Baron, Salome Oggenfuss and Abby Harri
August 26 (11am)
Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids.

Carpet Cowboys
Intro + Q&A with Co-Directors Emily MacKenzie and Noah Collier, Exec Producer John Wilson
August 26 (7:30pm)
Intro + Q&A with Co-Directors Emily MacKenzie and Noah Collier
August 27 (7pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
The psychedelic carpets lining our hotel hallways, casinos, and convention centers can be traced to one town: Dalton, Georgia, the "Carpet Capital of the World." In this bastion of American manufacturing, we find an interwoven set of locals who are the unsung creators and developers behind the majority of the country's carpets, always looking at the ground for their next big break.

Kingdome - Q&A with Director Shawn Antoine II
August 31 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
For 37 years, the Kingdome Tournament has been a symbol of community, resilience, and the transformative power of basketball. Through the eyes of its founder, Terry "Huncho" Cooper, and the diverse cast of players, fans, and organizers, the film explores the profound impact of the Kingdome on the lives of those involved and the Harlem community at large.

Daliland - Q&A with Director Mary Harron
August 31 (6pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
In 1973, a young gallery assistant goes on a wild adventure behind the scenes as he helps the aging genius Salvador Dali prepare for a big show in New York.

The Wrong Guy - Q&A with Writer Jay Kogen, Writers and Actors David Foley and David Anthony Higgins. Moderated by Co-Star Jennifer Tilly
September 3 (6pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
After his boss is murdered, Nelson is on the run for fear of prosecution. He hides out in a small town to avoid the police, which should be easy because they know he didn't do it and they aren't looking for him.

Empathy - Q&A with Director Jessica Dunn Rovinelli
September 5 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
This documentary film follows a heroin-addicted professional escort as she moves between New York City, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. Combining frank images of the actual labor of sex work with intimate portraits of her interpersonal life, the film is an alternately humorous and harrowing look at a seldom depicted side of American life as well as a meditation on the performativity at the core of documentary filmmaking and the sex industry alike.

Esther Newton Made Me Gay - Q&A with Esther Newton, Director Jean Carlomusto, and Producer Shanti Avirgan
September 6 (7pm)
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
he film tells Esther Newton's story of awakening to gay life in the 1950's, the women's liberation movement and lesbian-feminism, drag culture, and forging a butch identity that for her is in conversation with trans-masculinity. Keenly attuned to the societal forces that shaped her life, Esther guides us through an anthropology of herself, a study influenced by her love for a sport – competitive dog agility – that pairs her aging butch body with her beloved dog teammate on an obstacle course that is constantly changing.

Dick Dynamite: 1944 - Q&A with Director Robbie Davidson, Dick Valentine (actor/musician) and Vinnie Stigma (musician)
September 7 (7pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
It's the first day of April in 1945, the Axis shaken after a round of blockbusters decimate buildings around the Nazi occupied war-torn city of Kassel. A group of German soldiers huddle round to keep the heat, smoking cigarettes in buildings almost reduced to rubble telling tales of a one man wrecking ball who seems impervious to German bullets, striking fear into the hearts of Wehrmacht and Schutzstaffel alike. No, it's not the skull cracking, baseball bat wielding Bear Jew, it's not Stepan Petrenko the deadeye sharpshooting Russian, this man is those two combined and then some. It's the Nazi-crushing, Panzer-eating Dick Dynamite.

Lift - Q&A with Director Scott Peterson and film subject Steven Melendez
September 8 (7pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
Acclaimed ballet dancer Steven Melendez returns to the Bronx shelter that was his childhood home, where he teaches a ballet workshop for children through New York Theatre Ballet's LIFT program. As a mentor to young dance students facing housing insecurity, Steven works with the children to turn hidden trauma into dance, and turn a  classical art form into an expression all their own.

King Coal - Q&A with Director Elaine McMillion Sheldon
September 9 (6pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, the myths it has created. While deeply situated in Central Appalachia, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, King Coal untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Q&A with Actors Paris Themmen and Julie Dawn Cole
September 15 (7pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Staten Island (2636 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island)
September 17 (11:45am and 3pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Brooklyn (445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn)
Come with me, and you'll be in a wooorld of pure imagination... and you'll also be in a theater with two of the original kids from WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY! We'll have a full Q&A after the screening, so you can ask Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) what it was like to be so tiny and ask Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) what happened after she got dumped down the Bad Egg chute.

Crossing Delancey - Q&A with Actor/Director Peter Reigert
September 17 (12:15pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th Street, Manhattan)
Thirty-something Isabelle "Izzy" Grossman spends her time going from her tiny, solitary West Side apartment to that of her grandmother on the Lower East Side. In between, Izzy builds a glowing reputation at the swank bookstore where she works. While her grandmother plots to find her a romantic match, Izzy is courted by a married, worldly author, Anton, yet can't seem to shake the down-to-earth appeal of Sam, a pickle vendor.

Here's a video from the Q&A following a screening of Keane around this time last year. Keane screened on August 20th at the Francesca Beale Theater at Lincoln Center. Participating in the Q&A were Writer/Director Lodge Kerrigan and Actor Damian Lewis while being moderated by Actor Christopher Abbott.

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