Aaron Hillis, Aristotle Torres, Luis Guzman
Aaron Hillis, Aristotle Torres, Luis Guzman
Cinema Roundup for the Week of October 5

(released 10/5/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from October 5th 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.

Story Ave - Q&A with Director Aristotle Torres
Oct 5 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
South Bronx native Kadir Grayson is a teen artistic talent on the brink of finding and losing himself at once. Blinded by the grief of losing his younger brother, Kadir runs away from home. He escapes via the beautifully dark and dangerous world of graffiti. His graf gang Outside The Lines consists of street kids with minds as criminal as they are artistic. Desperate to join the gang, Kadir attempts to rob Luis, an older Puerto Rican MTA conductor on the Story Ave subway platform. Luis offers him the cash he needs if Kadir agrees to have a meal with him. For the first time in his life, Kadir entertains the possibility of his artistic talent being a conduit to a better life. 

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.

Mister Organ - Q&A with Director David Farrier
Oct 6 (5pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Journalist David Farrier finds himself in a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stranger. Exploring further, he discovers a series of court cases, royal connections, and ruined lives.

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.

Dicks: The Musical - Q&A with Aaron Jackson, Josh Sharp, Nathan Lane, Bowen Yang
Oct 6 (8pm), Oct 7 (8pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
A musical romp about two self-obsessed businessmen who discover they’re long-lost identical twins – and create a plot to reunite their eccentric divorced parents.

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.

Colette and Justin - Q&A with Director Alain Kassanda and others
Oct 6 (7pm), Oct 7 (1pm, 7:30pm), Oct 8 (1pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Born in Kinshasa and living in Paris, filmmaker Alain Kassanda embodies the classic immigrant dual identity: in the Democratic Republic of Congo he is seen as French, while in France he is seen as Congolese. Determined to understand the colonial legacy from which he comes, Kassanda convinces his grandparents—Colette and Justin—to sit for a series of interviews. Together, they watch old news footage, remember a visit from the Belgian king, and recall what life was like as part of the nascent Black bourgeoisie who served the colonial administration. But Colette and Justin is more than a film about family reminiscences. Kassanda uses a wealth of black-and-white archival footage to tell the story, superimposing his own thoughts and his grandparents’ voices over the visuals—in effect, using the colonizers' images against them.

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.

Story Ave - Q&A with Director Aristotle Torres and Actor Luis Guzman
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Oct 7 (7pm)
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.

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.

Blackberry - Special encore screening with Actor Glenn Howerton
Oct 8 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world's first smartphone.

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.

Reality Winner - Q&A with Director Sonia Kennebeck & Producer Ines Hofmann Kanna
Oct 11 (8pm), Oct 12 (6:50pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Filmed over five years, this is the only documentary about the young NSA whistleblower who exposed Russian interference in U.S. elections and went to jail for it. With exclusive access to Reality Winner and the media outlet involved in her arrest, this film also uncovers FBI evidence never before released.

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.

Fantastic Machine - Q&A with Co-Directors Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck
Oct 13 (7:30pm), Oct 14 (7:30pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Filmmakers Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck once again turn their cameras directly on society, this time to explore, explain and expose how our unchecked obsession with image has grown to change our human behavior.

Plan C - Q&A with Co-Directors Tracy Droz Tragos and others
Oct 13 (7:10pm), Oct 14 (7:10pm), Oct 15 (2:30pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
The overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, red state legislatures across the U.S. have rushed to severely restrict access for women and their right to choose. The already-crucial work of the grassroots organization Plan C, which provides knowledge of and access to abortion pills and has become that much more essential in the year since.

What We Leave Behind - Q&A with Director Iliana Sosa
Oct 14 (7pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
Join us for an exploration of the life of Julian Moreno, an 89-year-old who's made a 17-hour bus ride every month from Primo de Verdad, Mexico, to visit family in El Paso, Texas. After his last visit to Texas, he returned to rural Mexico and began building a new house in the empty lot next to his home. Julian's granddaughter filmed his work over several years, creating both a love letter to her grandfather, as well as an intimate and insightful exploration of her own relationship with him and his homeland.

La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla - Q&A with Padilla, EP Henry Chalfant, Editor Sonia Martinez-Gonzales
Oct 15 (4pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
Join Lorine Padilla, 'La Madrina' herself, for a screening of a feature-length documentary about the beloved South Bronx matriarch and former 'First Lady' of the Savage Skulls gang, After settling into her elder years, a tragic incident in the Bronx forced Padilla back into action to take on a new cause.

When My Sleeping Dragon Woke - Q&A with subject Sharon Washington, Co-Directors Chuck Schultz & Judah-Lev Dickstein
Oct 18 (7pm), Oct 19 (7pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
A little girl grows up in a custodial apartment hidden inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father stokes its coal furnace 24/7. Four decades later, the little girl-turned-actor Sharon Washington chooses the theater to write her modern-day fairytale childhood filled with real and imagined dragons, family secrets, forgiveness, and a life filled with books. But revisiting her past comes with an unforeseen cost.

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.

Nyad - Q&A with Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Oct 20 (7pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
A remarkable true story of tenacity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit, NYAD recounts a riveting chapter in the life of world-class athlete Diana Nyad. Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a prominent career as a sports journalist, at the age of 60, Diana becomes obsessed with completing an epic swim that always eluded her: the 110 mile trek from Cuba to Florida, often referred to as the "Mount Everest" of swims.

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.

The Silence of the Lambs - Q&A with Production Designer Kristi Zea
Oct 27 (6:40pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Anthony Hopkins as psychopath psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, stuck behind bars due to his penchant for cannibalism, and Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, the FBI agent trainee who has to win Lecter's trust and consult his blighted, brilliant mind in order to stop another serial killer at large.

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 couple pics and a video of a Q&A from September 30, 2023 at Quad Cinema. This is Writer/Director Aristotle Torres and Actor/Executive Producer Luis Guzman talking about their film Story Ave with moderator Aaron Hillis.

Aristotle Torres and Luis Guzman

Luis Guzman graciously taking pictures after the film

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