Ethan Hawke at New York Public Library on the evening of August 23, 2018 for screening of Blaze.
Ethan Hawke at New York Public Library on the evening of August 23, 2018 for screening of Blaze.
Cinema Roundup For the Week of November 9

(released 11/9/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from November 9th and beyond. These are the screenings that have actors, directors or producers at them to answer questions from critics and audience members. The SAG-AFTRA strike is over, so hopefully we'll start seeing 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 American Sector - Q&A with Directors Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez
Nov 10 (6:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A cockeyed history of the fall of the Berlin Wall that never leaves American soil, Stephens and Velez's film is the result of an 18-month tour to visit all 75 US locations where sections of the wall have been placed on public display. Through interviews with the owners and caretakers of these relics, The American Sector wakens the ghosts of the Cold War, while also shedding light on certain perennial pathologies in American culture.

Orlando, My Political Biography - Q&A with Director Paul B. Preciado
Nov 10 (7pm), Nov 11 (7pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Preciado organizes a casting and brings together 26 contemporary trans and non-binary people, aged 8 to 70, to bring out Orlando of Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography.

A Still Small Voice - Q&A with Director Luke Lorentzen & Producer Kellen Quinn
Nov 10 (6pm), Nov 11 (4pm), Nov 12 (4pm)
DCTV Firehouse Cinema (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Director Luke Lorentzen's A Still Small Voice follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long hospital residency, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes. Through Mati's experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.

At The Gates - Q&A with Writer/Director Augustus Maleo Bernstein, Actor Ezekiel Pacheco
Nov 11 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Ana, a housekeeper from El Salvador, brings her teenage son Nico to help her clean an affluent family's Los Angeles home. But after someone rings the front gate, her employers, Marianne and Peter Barris, inform them that immigration officers are searching for them and convince the pair to hide in a basement closet, demanding they hand over their cell phones as a safety precaution. As days go by under the same roof, each family begins to question the other's true intentions in this riveting and emotional thriller.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story - Q&A with Director Alexandra Dean
Nov 11 (2:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Drawing on archival audio, original interviews, and home video clips, Dean's documentary biography thrillingly recounts the unbelievable-but-true story of swooningly beautiful screen siren, ardent anti-fascist, and ground-breaking inventor Lamarr, an Austrian Jewish émigré and unapologetic individualist who scandalized Hollywood by appearing nude in the 1933 Czech production Ecstasy, then socked it to the Nazis by creating a laser guidance system for Allied torpedoes.

Lumumba - Q&A with Director Raoul Peck
Nov 11 (5pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
The rousing, raging political thriller that made the international reputation of Haitian filmmaker Peck, Lumumba tells the true story of the first Prime Minister of the Congo after its declaration of independence from Belgium, Patrice Lumumba: his visionary dream of a united Africa; the stiff opposition this gained him in Europe and the United States; and his tragic, terrible assassination after mere months in office.

This Much We Know - Q&A with Director L. Frances Henderson
Nov 11 (6pm), Nov 12 (1pm), Nov 16 (8pm)
DCTV Firehouse Cinema (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Grieving the suicide of a friend, Frances Henderson heads to Las Vegas, the suicide capital of the nation, to seek answers. There she learns about the shocking death of a local teenager who leaped from the roof of the city's tallest casino. While investigating the suicide epidemic further, she finds that the city is also burdened by a national problem scrambling to bury decades of nuclear excess in a nearby mountain. Artfully maneuvering between two stories burgeoning with existential questions, This Much We Know masterfully links these seemingly disparate subjects of self-annihilation and environmental issues into something supernatural, unforgettable, and transcendent.

The Sweet East - Q&A with Director Sean Price Williams, Writer Nick Pinkerton, Actress Talia Ryder
Nov 11 (7:30pm), Dec 1 (7:15pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
High school student Lillian runs away while on a school trip and traverses the spectrum of contemporary radicalism and madness, from white supremacists to Islamic radicals, from neo-punks to woke avant-gardists. At every leg of her journey, she comes into contact with hermetic worlds, whose citizens rant and rave to each other, blissfully ignorant of their neighbors. A story at the crossroads of a traditional fairytale, a picaresque narrative, and 1970s New Hollywood.

NYC Short Film Showcase - Q&A with filmmakers
Nov 12 (12:15pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th Street, Manhattan)
A collection of nine short films by New York filmmakers.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget - Q&A with Director Sam Fell
Nov 12 (11:45am)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy's farm, Ginger has finally found her dream — a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger's happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they're breaking in!

Rustin - Q&A with Director George C. Wolfe & Producer Bruce Cohen
Nov 12 (7pm)
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan)
This biopic illuminates not only the inspirational passion of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin - the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington - but the tumultuous times that led up to the event.

Incomplete - Q&A with Director Sasha Korbut
Nov 14 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Incomplete tells the story of a man sharing a love letter about longing for someone he has never met. It explores one man's loneliness, and poses a question: do we need another person in life to feel complete, or are we missing a connection with ourselves?

The Giant - Q&A with Director David Raboy
Nov 14 (8pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
A teenager's small town life is changed forever when a series of murders begin on the same night that her missing boyfriend suddenly reappears.

It's Basic - Q&A with Director Marc Levin and Jamal Joseph
Nov 16 (7pm)
Maysles Cinema (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
It's Basic follows several guaranteed income pilot programs across the US that test the effects of giving everyday people an extra $500 to $1,000 monthly, with no strings attached. Set against the backdrop of widening income gaps, politics, and growing social concern, It's Basic presents the benefits, criticisms, and outcomes of giving unconditional money to people in need.

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.

The Wise Kids - Director Stephen Cone in-person
Nov 18 (4:15pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.

Princess Cyd - Director Stephen Cone in-person
Nov 18 (6pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
A 16-year-old girl visits her aunt in Chicago for the summer. While there, she falls for another girl, and she and her aunt challenge each other's sex and spirit.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee - Q&A with Editor Sabine Hoffman
Nov 18 (7:40pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

Bulletproof - Q&A with Director Todd Chandler
Nov 19 (2:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A documentary about the response of American schools to gun violence.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project - Q&A with Director Matt Wolf
Nov 19 (7pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
For 30 years, Marion Stokes, the African American left-wing activist and archivist, secretly recorded television 24 hours a day. Her project began with the Iran Hostage Crisis and ended upon her death some 70,000 tapes later. Capturing revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today, the Philadelphia-based Stokes's stated intention was to protect the truth while the television networks were carelessly throwing away their own archives.

Far From The Nile - Q&A with Director Sherief Elkatsha
Nov 21 (7pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha follows 12 African musicians from seven countries along the Nile River as they band together in an international coalition to highlight the water conflict along the river they share. As they leave their homes in Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Burundi, and Uganda and embark on a 100-day tour of America's heartland, the film captures the challenges of collaboration across cultural lines. Despite their vast cultural differences, musical styles, and competing egos, the artists must find ways to create and remain united in their cause.

Joonam - Q&A with Director Sierra Urich
Nov 26 (5:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Filmmaker Sierra Urich grew up in rural Vermont, a place and an upbringing far removed from Iran, the homeland of her mother, Mitra, and grandmother, Behjat. Only knowing Iran through family stories, food, and holidays, and with the prospect of travel to the country a seemingly impossible dream, she embarks on a personal quest to make sense of her fractured Iranian identity.

Examined Life - Introduction with Director Astra Taylor
Nov 26 (4:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
An invigorating ode to the life of the mind, Taylor's proudly cerebral documentary celebration of good talk and sound reasoning brings together filmed meetings with some of the 21st century's most esteemed public intellectuals—Peter Singer, Judith Butler, Cornel West, and others—as they provide guided tours of spaces that hold particular import in their thinking, with Slavoj Žižek’s address from atop a garbage dump just one of several highlights.

Early Works by Todd Haynes (in person)
December 1 (6:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
The Museum's complete Todd Haynes retrospective kicks off with a special evening featuring a selection of his rarely screened early works. These include Haynes's first student short, 1978's The Suicide (digital projection), a horror-tinged film about a disaffected, bullied teenager shot on Super 8 and 16mm, and Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud (DCP), his 1985 16mm thesis project from Brown University, in which he wrestles with the myth and legacy of poet Arthur Rimbaud and his destructive romance with Paul Verlaine.

May December - with Director Todd Haynes in-person
Dec 2 (3pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past.

Scarecrow - Q&A with Director Jerry Schatzberg
Dec 4 (7pm)
Film Forum (209 Houston Street, Manhattan)
An ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by a homeless ex-sailor, so they partner up as they head east together.

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