Kelly Carlin, Judd Apatow, Mike Bonfiglio - IFC Center - May 17, 2022
Kelly Carlin, Judd Apatow, Mike Bonfiglio - IFC Center - May 17, 2022
Cinema Roundup for the Week of September 28

(released 9/28/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from September 28th 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 Wolf House - Q&A with Director Cristóbal León
September 29 (7pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
An abandoned house provides refuge for a young woman being hunted by a wolfish evil, but she soon discovers she is still unsafe from the trauma in her mind, which begins shaping her surroundings in nightmarish fashion. This surreal animated film is as haunting as it is exquisitely crafted, its sinister fairytale world telling a tale of the Colonia Dignidad, one of the darkest chapters in Chile's history.

Story Avenue
Q&A with Director Aristotle Torres
Sept 29 (7:15pm)
Q&A with Director Aristotle Torres & Actor Luis Guzmán
Sept 30 (7:15pm), Oct 1 (4:50pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
South Bronx teen Kadir is a gifted visual artist who loses his way following the death of his younger brother. Overcome with grief and struggling with the pressures of school and family, he escapes into the thrilling yet dangerous world of graffiti gangs. To prove himself and join his neighborhood's ruling gang, Kadir tries to rob no-nonsense MTA conductor Luis, but is caught off guard when Luis agrees to give Kadir cash if he’ll sit down to have a meal with him. Following their conversation and the delicate, transformative friendship that grows out of it, Kadir sees for the first time how his artistic talent could lead to a better life.

Three Sisters - Q&A with Director Wang Bing
Sept 30 (12:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Where Bitter Money sees the migrant worker experience through the lens of those who travel for work, the sorrowful, piercing Three Sisters looks at those who remain to subsist in the old, worn-out villages—in this case a trio of siblings sustaining themselves as almost-orphans, with a particular focus on the eldest, 10-year-old Yingying, who shoulders a more than adult-sized burden of labor, and who, vulnerable yet seemingly indomitable in her endurance, emerges as one of the most haunting documentary subjects of recent memory.

Bitter Money - Q&A with Director Wang Bing
Sept 30 (4pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
To understand contemporary China, caught in a Great Leap Forward from feudalism into postmodernity, you can ask for no better guide than Wang, whose films render the lives of the working poor and internal migrant Chinese down to their bare, harsh physical facts. In Bitter Money, he follows two teenage cousins journeying together to the city of Huzhou, seeking a better life and discovering only endless labor, abusive interpersonal relationships, and exploitation without recourse. Harrowing and massively humane.

What Doesn't Float - Q&A with Director Luca Balser and Cinematographer Hunter Zimny
Sept 30 (7:45pm), Oct 1 (5:15pm)
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.

Living the Light - Robby Müller - Q&A with Director Claire Pijman
Sept 30 (7pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
With full access to Müller's enormous personal archive of photographs and footage, Pijman—who had previously worked as Müller's camera operator—creates an idiosyncratic portrait of a complicated man and superlative artist, offering ample evidence that his fascination with the mysteries of light was a full-time obsession. An intimate and appropriately sumptuous tribute to its subject, crafted from the bounty of extraordinary images he left behind—as well as curios like an answering machine message from David Lynch—set to an evocative guitar score by Müller collaborator Jim Jarmusch's band Sqürl. - Followed by a panel on Müller's continued influence on filmmaking, organized in collaboration with ASC and including Claire Pijman, Frederick Elmes, Frankie DeMarco, and Ashley Connor, moderated by DeWitt Davis.

Strange Way of Life - Q&A with Director Pedro Almodovar
Oct 4 (7pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as hired gunmen. Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth, and they do indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their old friendship...

The Space Race - Q&A with Directors Lisa Cortés and Diego Hurtado de Mendoza
Oct 4 (6:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
The Space Race tells the little-known story of the first Black pilots, scientists, and engineers to become astronauts. From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight's quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men.

Commie Camp - Q&A with Director Katie Halper
Oct 4 (6:30pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Commie Camp tells the hilarious and touching story of Camp Kinderland, the legendary progressive summer camp founded by secular Jewish socialists in 1923, which against all odds still exists today. When right-wing media accuses the camp of "indoctrination," journalist, comedian and third-generation Kinderlander Katie Halper returns to investigate. Over the course of one summer, Halper learns about the history of the camp and follows a group of adorable, inquisitive nine-year-olds as they play in the World Peace Olympics (Kinderland's answer to The Color Wars), organize a police brutality protest, grapple with how to make the world a better place and have the time of their lives.

She Came to Me - Q&A with Director Rebecca Miller
Oct 5 (7pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
A multi-generational love story set against the iconic backdrop of New York: A composer finds inspiration after a chance encounter, bright teenagers fight to prove to their parents that young love can last forever, and for a successful therapist who has it all, love arrives in the most unexpected of ways.

A Song Film By Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari - Q&A and Performance by Kishi Bashi
Oct 5 (7pm) & Oct 6 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Violinist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi travels on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese Incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today.

When Pigs Fly - Q&A with Director Sara Driver, Editor Jay Rabinowitz, ACE, and Andrea Müller-Schirmer
Oct 6 (8:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A ghost story that takes place in a rundown east coast port town where Alfred Molina's down-on-his-luck jazz musician has his life flipped after an old rocking chair gifted to him by his go-go dancer girlfriend proves to be the home of two ghosts.

Cat People - Q&A with Director Susanna Fogel
Oct 6 (6:50pm), Oct 7 (6:50pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
When Margot, a college sophomore goes on a date with the older Robert, she finds that IRL Robert doesn't live up to the Robert she has been flirting with over texts. CAT PERSON is a razor-sharp exploration of the gender divide, the quagmire of navigating modern dating, and the dangerous projections we make in our minds about the person at the other end of our phones.

More Than Ever - Q&A with Director Emily Atef and Actor Vicky Krieps
October 6 (5:15pm), October 8 (12pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Atef's intimate and emotionally raw drama stars Krieps as Hélène, a woman who, having every reason to believe her days are numbered after being diagnosed with a rare lung disease, turns her back on the smothering sympathy of friends and family to meet with a similarly afflicted Norwegian.

Joan Baez I Am A Noise - Q&A with Joan Baez and Filmmakers Karen O'Conner, Miri Navasky, Maeve O'Boyle
Oct 6 (7:40pm - Sold Out) & Oct 7 (5:10pm - Sold Out)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
"I am not a saint, I am a noise," wrote 13-year-old Joan Baez in her journal, reflecting on a discordance between her outer and inner lives that would only deepen. Icon of '60s folk music and activism, Baez made the cover of TIME at 21, her relationship with Bob Dylan was widely publicized, and she famously performed "We Shall Overcome" at the March on Washington. What the public didn't know: she was subject to racist taunts as a child (her father was Mexican), suffered intense anxiety, and harbored long-simmering questions about unacknowledged family trauma. An intimate, revelatory portrait of an artist looking back on a six-decade career, crafted from a wealth of never-before-seen home movies, diaries, and audio recordings, while following Baez during her 2018 farewell tour.

My Love Affair with Marriage - Q&A with filmmaker Signe Baumane
Oct 6 - 11 (3 shows each date)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
My Love Affair With Marriage follows Zelma on her 23-year quest for perfect love and lasting marriage set against a backdrop of historic events in Eastern Europe. Told from a woman's point of view, the film blends historical, biological, societal, and emotional arcs with a lively sense of humor and musical numbers. This animated film for adults tackles the issues of love, gender norms, domestic violence, fantasies, and toxic relationships to propel a woman’s journey toward independence and liberation.

Bergman Island - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 7 (12pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A couple retreat to the island that inspired Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for their upcoming films when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.

Corsage - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 7 (3pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A fictional account of one year in the life of Empress Elisabeth Of Austria. On Christmas Eve 1877, Elisabeth, once idolized for her beauty, turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman; she starts trying to maintain her public image.

Ste. Anne - Q&A with Director Rhayne Vermette
Oct 7 (1:30pm), Oct 8 (5:45pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A woman moves back to her rural home town in Manitoba where her brother Modeste has been raising the woman's daughter with his wife.

Hold Me Tight - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 8 (3:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A woman one day simply walks out on her family. Or does she?

The Chambermaid Lynn - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 8 (6pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
In this coming out story with a difference, Lynn - a painfully shy hotel maid with OCD - voyeuristically watches a guest's encounter with a dominatrix. She then decides to hire the call girl to help her shed her own inhibitions.

The Love Witch - Q&A with Director Anna Biller
Oct 9 (8:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the '60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

The Mosquito Coast - Intro by Producer Paul Zaentz
Oct 10 (7pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
A brilliant but unstable inventor and his family create what they hope will be their Utopia in Central America.

Anatomy of a Fall - Q&A with Director Justine Triet and Actor Sandra Huller
Oct 10 (6:30pm), Oct 12 (7:15pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, his suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect.

Once Within a Time - Q&A with Co-Director Jon Kane & Executive Producer Steven Soderbergh
Oct 13 (7:15pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
A comedic apocalyptic vision of the end of the world and the beginning of a new one, with unforgettable views and the innocence and hope of a new generation.

Another Body
Q&A with Producer Elizabeth Woodward, Assoc. Producer Marina Hunt
Oct 18 (7:05pm)
Q&A with Directors Sophie Compton & Reuben Hamlyn
Oct 19 (7:05pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
A college student's life is upended when she discovers "deepfake" pornography of herself circulating online. Utilizing this technology in startling ways, ANOTHER BODY follows a victim's search for answers, and raises unsettling questions about technology, justice, and consent.

We're All Going to the World's Fair - Q&A with Director Jane Schoenbrun
Oct 22 (2:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Reality and fantasy begin to blur when an isolated teenager immerses herself in an online role-playing horror game.

Bloodsuckers from Outer Space - Q&A with Director Glen Coburn
Oct 26 (9:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
In rural Texas, several farmers are transformed into bloodthirsty, chatty zombie killers when a mysterious mist from outer space infects the earth. A young couple must warn townsfolk and try to escape before inept government officials drop a bomb and nuke them all out of existence.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 - Q&A with Director Joe Berlinger
Oct 30 (8:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
Notoriously altered by meddling studio execs looking to have more sensational gore and a Marilyn Manson-forward soundtrack, as released theatrically Book of Shadows strayed from Berlinger's vision. Over the twenty years since its release, a cult following has emerged, attaching to the core of the movie that retains the originally intended ideas. For this one night only event, Berlinger joins us in person following a screening on 35mm film to discuss the fraught history of the making of the movie, and how it reads decades later.

Here's a video of a Q&A from May 17, 2022 at IFC Center. This is Kelly Carlin, Judd Apatow, and Mike Bonfiglio talking after a member preview screening of part 1 of the documentary George Carlin's American Dream, which shortly thereafter, came out on HBO Max.

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