Cinematographer Ed Lachman - Paris Theater - September 8, 2023
Cinematographer Ed Lachman - Paris Theater - September 8, 2023
Cinema Roundup For the Week of September 14

(released 9/14/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from September 14th 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 -

Radical Wolfe - Q&A with Director Richard Dewey and Michael Lewis
September 15 (6:30pm & 8:30pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
From a beat reporter at the Washington Post to an overnight sensation as the leader of the New Journalism movement, Tom Wolfe was at the forefront of reshaping how American stories are told. Recognizing the importance of overlooked subcultures and communities, Wolfe documented everything from rural stock car drivers to hippies in Haight Ashbury to the Apollo Astronauts, and his ability to bridge cultural and class divides while tackling stories central to American Life was unique in fiction and non-fiction.

Blue Ruin - Q&A with Editor Julia Bloch
September 15 (8:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Violence begets violence begets violence in Saulnier's terse, tense, and unusually contemplative revenge thriller, which opens with haunted vagrant Dwight getting word that the man responsible for his parents' deaths is about to be released from prison and setting out to settle scores—only to unwittingly unleash a vicious reprisal.

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), September 17 (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.

Waiting for the Light to Change
Q&A with Writer/Director Ling Tan, Actor/Producer Sam Straley, Producers Jewells Santos and Jake Rotger
September 15 (7:30pm)
Q&A with director/writer Linh Tan, Producers Jewells Santos and Jake Rotger
September 16 (7:30pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Over the course of a week-long beachside getaway, Amy, having recently undergone dramatic weight loss, finds herself wrestling between loyalty to her best friend Kim and her attraction to Kim's new boyfriend.

Warm Blood - Q&A with Director Rick Charnoski
September 15 - 19 (see times on website)
Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
Set in the underbelly of 1980s Modesto, California, Warm Blood uses the real-life diary of a teenage runaway named Red returning home to find her father. In his narrative feature debut, director Rick Charnoski's history as a skate video director informs the frenetic storytelling style, as he combines Red’s nihilist musings with a collage of documentary and B-movie meta-narratives that paint a seedy picture of life on the outskirts of town.

Teen DocMakers Lab Summer Showcase - Post-screening Q&A
September 16 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
Showcase of films created by students.

Shame - Pre-screening presentation on location management by David Velasco
September 16 (6:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a Manhattan executive driven to the extremes of abjection by a tormenting sex addiction, his neatly compartmentalized life turned upside down when his cabaret chanteuse sister arrives in the city. A harrowing trawl through the city's nightclubs and hotels, made with rare fidelity to New York's geography.

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.

A Conversation with Rebecca Miller
September 17
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2:30pm)
Rebecca Miller conversation (4:30pm)
She Came to Me (6:00pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
The 2023–24 season of Art and Craft opens with an afternoon with independent filmmaker Rebecca Miller, including an in-depth conversation moderated by series curator David Schwartz, and screenings of two of Miller's films: the rarely screened and underrated 2009 drama The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, featuring an unforgettable performance by Robin Wright, and a special advance screening of She Came to Me, the magical New York romantic fantasy starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, and Anne Hathaway that opened this year's Berlin Film Festival. 

The Dreamers - Q&A with Producer Jeremy Thomas
September 18 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three teenagers drawn together through their passion for film. Isabelle and her brother Theo invite an American student to stay at their home. Playing mind games, they create an erotically-charged world of their own, only woken by a window-breaking stone from the student riots raging in the street below.

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.

BDC Films Fellows - Screening and Q&A with filmmakers
September 19 (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.  Includes: Speak! by Sarah Alvira, Making Braids by Similejesu (Simi) Sonubi, Tender by Agasha Irving, Being Jezebel by Auralynn Rosario.

Powerlands - Q&A with Director Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso
September 19 (6pm)
Firehouse DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents.

The Last Emperor - Q&A with Producer Jeremy Thomas
September 20 (6pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, and Cong Su won Academy Awards for scoring this visually sumptuous rendering of the life of Pu Yi (John Lone), who was crowned emperor of China at age three. Shot on location with unprecedented access to the Forbidden City, Bertolucci's film weaves in and out in non-linear fashion between Pu Yi's education, married life, and eventual exile.

The Future of Film Is Female (FOFIF) Shorts Program - Q&A with filmmakers
September 20 (7pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
The Future of Film is Female is proud to present its inaugural Shorts Program at Nitehawk Cinema! Our first edition includes nine recent short films from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico, and London. Though diverse in style and storytelling, from satire to horror, these shorts reflect tales of family, belonging, and community. There will be a Q&A with filmmakers.

Naked Lunch - Q&A with Producer Jeremy Thomas & Composer Howard Shore
September 21 (6pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Violent New Breed - Q&A with Director Todd Sheets
September 21 (9:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
A new deadly drug named 'Rapture' has taken over the streets of New York City, and a pair of cops have been tasked with finding its source. Little do they know that the drug was created by an army of demons that live under NYC, who have also just conjured the Antichrist. Now the cops must rescue the spawn of Satan and get it across town to Pastor Williams in order to baptize and exorcise the baby beast.

32 Sounds - Q&A with Director Sam Green, star Annea Lockwood, moderated by Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
September 21 (6:45pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park South, Brooklyn)
The film explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving together 32 specific sound explorations into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us.

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.

The Shattered Mind - Q&A with Director Jade Bryan
September 22 (4:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Written, directed, and produced by deaf Black American filmmaker Jade Bryan, The Shattered Mind is about Zhane Rain, a teenager who struggles to find herself, questioning whether she was born deaf, and seeking to understand her recurring nightmares.

An Evening with Bill Brand
September 22 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
Bill Brand will show Coalfields along with more recent films, give a presentation that connects his moving image work to his paintings and drawings while tracing his journey with analog and digital mediums from the 1970's to the present.

The Storms of Jeremy Thomas - Q&A with Jeremy Thomas
September 22 (7:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Legendary film producer Jeremy Thomas is joined by filmmaker Mark Cousins on his yearly drive from England to the Cannes Film Festival. On this five-day journey, Thomas and Cousins go through rural France while running through some highlights from Thomas's extensive filmography, namely a slew of the most acclaimed and controversial films ever made, including Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, Cronenberg's Crash, and Roeg's Bad Timing.

The Trial (El Juicio) - Q&A with filmmaker Ulises de la Orden
September 22 (6:45pm), September 23 (3:45pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
THE TRIAL, based on never-before-seen courtroom footage, is a shocking record of the first major prosecution of crimes against humanity since Nuremberg. Facing a group of nine former military officers — including the infamous Jorge Rafael Videla, onetime President of Argentina — survivors and parents of the disappeared (los desaparecidos) recount harassment, property theft, kidnapping (high school students abducted during the "Night of the Pencils"), the theft of newborn babies, torture, rape, and mass killings. The defense testifies that their "dirty war" was a response to subversives and leftist terror. The chief prosecutor legendarily ends his closing argument: "¡Nunca mas!"

Something You Said Last Night - Q&A with star Carmen Madonia, Writer/Director Luis De Filippis
September 22 & 23 (4:30pm & 7:00pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Ren, an aspiring writer and mid-twenty-something, accompanies her parents, Mona and Guido, and her younger sister, Siena, on a beach resort holiday in cottage country. As Ren navigates the resort, she struggles to cope with her parents' loving yet overbearing nature, and tries to balance the yearning for independence with the comfort of being taken care of. The realities of being a stunted millennial and a trans woman coalesce in Ren not wanting to be perceived as a burden, yet looming in the back of Ren's mind is the secret of her recent dismissal from work, and that once the holiday is over, she will need to rely even more on her family's support.

What Doesn't Float - Q&A with Director Luca Balser and Producer Rachel Walden
Sept 22 (7pm), Sept 23 (7:45pm), Sept 24 (7:45pm), Sept 26 (7:45pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Seven stories. One city. A disparate group of characters fill out this darkly comedic anthology of New Yorkers at their wits' end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by an unforeseen conflict, each character must make a decision. While the outcomes vary, a unified sense of the city emerges: New York becomes a mirror to the ego, reflecting our true character, while the rest sink to the bottom.

Dead Man Walking - Q&A with Sister Helen Prejean and Director Tim Robbins
September 24 (3:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

NoBudge Live #35 - Q&A with filmmakers
September 25 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
NoBudge is happy to present ten new short films from a group of emerging indie filmmakers mostly based in New York. For this program, we focus primarily on young characters in quotidian struggles, or existential ones. They are anxious about how to spend tonight and not so sure about the rest of their lives either. Feeling alienated or overwhelmed, they are worried about money, looking for work or firmly enmeshed in terrible jobs, and bombarded by technology. Some are surreal while others are crushingly realistic. We begin with a double shot of experimental filmmaking before moving on to mostly comedy with a hint of drama, and a drop of animation. As a palate cleanser to the angst of young adulthood, we close the lineup at a seniors-only retreat at a Poconos resort where two 75-year-old friends look for love. Six of the films are NYC premieres and each director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and Afterparty.

Great Expectations - Q&A with Actor Ethan Hawke
September 27 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Modernization of Charles Dickens' classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.

Here's a video of a Q&A from September 8th at the Paris Theater. It is Cinematographer Ed Lachman following a screening of his latest work El Conde.

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