Tomris Laffly, Abigail Disney, Kathleen Hughes - September 23, 2022
Tomris Laffly, Abigail Disney, Kathleen Hughes - September 23, 2022
Cinema Roundup For the Week of August 24

(released 8/25/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from August 25th 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 -

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 & 27 (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.

I Went To The Dance (J’ai été au bal) - Q&A with Co-Director Maureen Gosling
Sept 1 (7:10pm), Sept 2 (7:10pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Seminal film of the history of the foot-stomping, toe-tapping music of French Southwest Louisiana, featuring interviews with and performances from an amazing roster of Cajun and Zydeco greats: Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Marc and Ann Savoy, D.L. Menard and many more.

Three Sparks - Q&A with Director Naomi Uman
Sept 1 (6:30pm), Sept 2 (5:45pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A portrait of day-to-day life in the Albanian mountaintop village of Rabdsiht alongside her own first-person observations on living as a foreigner and female in a rigidly patriarchal society and endeavoring to build bonds with the local women and girls.

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.

Fremont - Q&A with Director Babak Jalali
September 3 (3pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Afghan refugee Donya lives in Fremont but works at a fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. Seeking connection, she decides to send a message out to the world through a cookie in this offbeat vision of the universal longing for home.

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.

Hello Dankness - Q&A with Filmmakers Soda Jerk
September 8 & 9 (7:20pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Soda Jerk's new feature HELLO DANKNESS (2022) is a suburban stoner musical that bears witness to the psychotropic spectacle of American politics from 2016 to 2021.

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.

Stop Making Sense - Q&A with David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison
Sept 13 (7:30pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Stop Making Sense brings to the screen Talking Heads at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison, alongside an ecstatic ensemble of supporting musicians. Renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme captures the band at their exhilarating best in this new and complete restoration for the film's 40th anniversary.

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.

Invisible Beauty - Q&A with film subject & Director Bethann Hardison and Director Frédéric Tcheng
September 15 (7:50pm), September 16 (5:30pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
With a career spanning over five decades, Bethann Hardison has gone from working in New York City's Garment District to founding her namesake agency where she guided the careers of some of the most prominent models in the world.

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.

Blow Up My Life - Q&A with Co-Directors Abigail Horton and Ryan Dickie
September 18 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Jason, a disillusioned pharmaceutical employee, is fired after a drug-fueled social media post goes viral, but when he accidentally discovers a deadly opioid conspiracy hidden by his former boss he sets out to redeem himself. 

DCTV @ 50 - Q&A's with Jon Alpert
Sept 21-28 (different times)
Third Avenue: Only The Strong Survive
Life of Crime: 1984-2020
Canal Street: First Stop in America
Cuba and the Cameraman
Baghdad ER & Redemption
James Gandolfini's Documentary Legacy
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Spanning five decades and traversing landscapes from Canal Street to Cuba, this series spotlights the work of DCTV's co-founders: the pioneering video journalist Keiko Tsuno and Academy Award-nominee Jon Alpert.

Here's a video from the Q&A following a screening of "The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales" around this time last year. "The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales" screened on September 23rd at the Firehouse Cinema at DCTV. Participating in the Q&A were Filmmakers Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes.

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