Director Lisa Hurwitz talking after a screening of The Automat - New Plaza Cinema - November 19, 2022
Director Lisa Hurwitz talking after a screening of The Automat - New Plaza Cinema - November 19, 2022
Cinema Roundup For the Week of October 19

(released 10/19/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from October 19th 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 -

When My Sleeping Dragon Woke - Q&A with subject Sharon Washington, Co-Directors Chuck Schultz & Judah-Lev Dickstein
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 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.

The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness - Q&A with Filmmaker Lewis Klahr
Oct 20 (8pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness, is a compilation of six films created between 2015 and 2021. Focused primarily around thematics of love, it is both porous and dense, a cinema of shifting moods and engagements that offers a tactile exploration of elliptical narrative. Like a waking dream, what can be clearly described in words is less significant than what can be felt.

Synecdoche, New York - Q&A with Production Designer Mark Friedberg and filmmaker Mira Nair
Oct 20 (6pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
In the wake of the dissolution of his marriage, New York theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) increasingly begins to disappear into a world of his own making—a sprawling and increasingly elaborate replica of his own neighborhood constructed inside of a Manhattan warehouse space, meant to be the setting of his ultimate coup de théâtre.

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.

The Delinquents - Q&A with Director Rodrigo Moreno
Oct 20 (6:30pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Buenos Aires bank employee Morán dreams up a scheme to liberate himself from corporate monotony: he'll steal enough money to support a modest retirement, then confess and serve prison time while his co-worker holds on to the cash. Soon under pressure by a company investigator, accomplice Román heads to a remote rural idyll to hide the funds. There, he encounters a mysterious woman who will transform his life forever.

To Kill a Tiger - Q&A with Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja; Intro by EP Dev Patel on Oct 20 only
Oct 20 (5:10pm, 8:10pm), Oct 21 (2:30pm, 5:30pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
In a small village in Jharkhand, India, 2017, a farmer becomes embroiled in conflict when he and his wife report to the police a horrific crime — after a family wedding, three village men dragged their 13-year-old daughter into the woods and sexually assaulted her. Village leaders launch a campaign not for justice but for the father to drop charges and marry his daughter off to one of her arrested rapists — an "honorable" solution to preserve the community's dignity.

Hulk - Q&A with Editors Tim Squyres, ACE & Gary Levy, ACE
Oct 21 (5:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
After a lab accident involving gamma radiation, Bruce Banner transforms into a giant green-skinned creature known as the Hulk whenever stressed or emotionally provoked. The United States military pursues him, and he clashes with his biological father, who has dark plans for his son.

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.

Bug - Q&A with Screenwriter Tracy Letts
Oct 24 (7:15pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
In Oklahoma, Agnes, a lonely waitress living in an isolated and dilapidated roadside motel, meets Peter, a quiet and mysterious man with whom she establishes a peculiar relationship.

Across the Universe - Q&A with Director Julie Taymor and Production Designer Mark Friedberg
Oct 25 (7pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Centered on songs by the Beatles, Taymor's romantic jukebox musical re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s through the eyes of young dockworker Jude, who leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in the US, where he falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl, and finds himself swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation, including the growing anti-war movement in Greenwich Village. As political tensions spiral, the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.

Thunder - Q&A with Director Carmen Jaquier
Oct 25 (7:10pm), Oct 26 (7:10pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
After the sudden and mysterious death of her sister, a 17-year-old novitiate explores her God-given right to experience life to the fullest, during the summer of 1900 in Switzerland.

A Couple - Q&A with Frederick Wiseman
Oct 26 (7pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
This rare fiction feature from Wiseman looks at the long marriage between Leo and Sophie Tolstoy.The film takes the form of a monologue by Sophie, drawn from her diaries and letters to the "great man."

Four Daughters - Q&A with Director Kaouther Ben Hania
Oct 26 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
This riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood reconstructs the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, unpacking a complex family history through intimate interviews and artful reenactments to examine how the Tunisian woman's two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists.

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.

Goodfellas - Introduction with Production Designer Kristi Zea
Oct 27 (9:40pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito.

June Zero - Q&A with Director Jake Paltrow and Producer Oren Moverman
Oct 27 (7pm), Oct 28 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
The 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, a major architect of the Holocaust, is revisited. Based on true accounts, June Zero is told from the unique perspectives of three largely unrelated figures: Eichmann's Jewish Moroccan prison guard; an Israeli police investigator who also happens to be a Holocaust survivor and a precocious and clever 13-year-old Libyan immigrant.

Razing Liberty Square - Q&A with Director Katja Esson (and others on select dates)
Oct 27 (7pm), Oct 28 (4:30pm, 7pm), Oct 29 (4pm, 6:30pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Miami is ground-zero for sea-level-rise. When residents of the Liberty Square public-housing community learn about a $300 million revitalization project, they know that this sudden interest comes from the fact that their neighborhood is located on the highest-and-driest ground in the city. Now they must fight a new form of racial injustice—Climate Gentrification.

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.

The Five Demands - Q&A with Director Andrea Weiss and filmmaker Khadija DeLoache
Nov 2 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
THE FIVE DEMANDS is a riveting story about the student strike that changed the face of higher education forever. In April 1969, a small group of Black and Puerto Rican students shut down the City College of New York, an elite public university located in the heart of Harlem. Fueled by the revolutionary fervor sweeping the nation, the strike soon turned into an uprising, leading to the extended occupation of the campus, classes being canceled, students being arrested, and the resignation of the college president.

Baby Doll - Q&A with Actress Carroll Baker
Nov 2 (5:40pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Sicilian interloper Eli Wallach, steamed when his new cotton gin goes up in smoke, decides to revenge himself on suspect Karl Malden by seducing his thumb-sucking child bride Carroll Baker.

Hollow Tree - Q&A with Director Kira Akerman with moderator & filmmaker RaMell Ross
November 2 (6:30pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Hollow Tree follows three teenagers coming of age in their sinking homeland of Louisiana. For the first time, they notice the Mississippi River's engineering, stumps of cypress trees, and billowing smokestacks. Their different perspectives — as Indigenous, white, and Angolan young women — shape their story of the climate crisis.

For My Country (Pour la France) - Q&A with Director Rachid Hami
Nov 3 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
Aissa, a young officer of Algerian origin, tragically loses his life during a fresher initiation ritual at the prestigious French military academy of Saint-Cyr. As the death tears through his family, controversy arises over Aissa's funeral plans when the Army refuses to take responsibility. Ismael, his older, rebellious brother, tries to keep the family united as they fight to win justice for Aissa.

Hollow Tree - Q&A with Director Kira Akerman with moderator & filmmaker Kirsten Johnson
November 3 (6:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Hollow Tree follows three teenagers coming of age in their sinking homeland of Louisiana. For the first time, they notice the Mississippi River's engineering, stumps of cypress trees, and billowing smokestacks. Their different perspectives — as Indigenous, white, and Angolan young women — shape their story of the climate crisis.

Post Mortem - Q&A with Actor Alfredo Castro
Nov 3 (5:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Mario Cornejo is an unassuming state employee who transcribes notes during autopsies. Furtive and lonely, he becomes obsessed with his neighbor, a dancehall performer who is involved with a group of left-wing activists. After the 1973 coup and Salvador Allende's death, the dancer's friends are hunted down, and Mario's hospital is clogged with dissenters' bodies. The violence soon grows in Mario's psyche.

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project - Q&A with Directors/Producers Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson
Nov 3 (7:15pm), Nov 4 (4:40pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
A look at the life of poet, Nikki Giovanni and the revolutionary historical periods through which she lived, from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.

Subject - Q&A with Director Camilla Hall and Producers Ahmed Hassan, Mukunda Angulo, & Susanne Reisenbichler
Nov 3 (6:45pm), Nov 4 (4:15pm), Nov 5 (4:15pm)
IFC Center (343 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
In the golden age of documentaries, who benefits? SUBJECT reveals the unintended consequences – good, bad, and complicated – of having your life shared on screen.

80 Years Later - Q&A with Director Celine Parreñas Shimizu
Nov 4 (6pm) - Part of Harlem International Film Festival
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
This feature documentary explores the racial inheritance of Japanese American family incarceration during World War II through multigenerational conversations with survivors and their descendants. On the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that imprisoned 120,000 Japanese Americans in World War II, families still grapple with the legacy of their experience. How does one inherit traumatic history across generations?

20 Days in Mariupol - Q&A with Director Mstyslav Chernov
Nov 7 (6:30pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
An AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital and more.

Beyond the Aggressives - Q&A with Director Daniel Peddle
Nov 17 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Daniel Peddle's follow-up to his groundbreaking 2005 film The Aggressives, which was the first documentary to really center transmasculine people of color – all assigned female at birth. It followed the lives of six masculine presenting BIPOC as they sought love, happiness, and self-realization despite not always feeling included or represented by the language and culture of the LGBTQ world. Immersive and sensorial, Peddle's new film, Beyond the Aggressives: 25 Years Later, revisits four of the original subjects, catching us up on what's been going on in their lives since the first film was made.

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