Nira Burstein & Fred Armisen - DOCNYC screening of Charm Circle - November 14, 2021
Nira Burstein & Fred Armisen - DOCNYC screening of Charm Circle - November 14, 2021
Cinema Roundup For the Week of December 28

(released 12/28/2023)

Here's our list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from December 28th and beyond. These are the screenings that have actors, directors or producers at them to answer questions from critics and audience members. If you host an event and we missed you, please let us know -

Thirst Street - Q&A with Director Nathan Silver and DP Sean Price Williams
Dec 28 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Gina, an American flight attendant, falls in with a Parisian bartender on a layover only to find herself tangled in a web of deception, delusion and unrequited amour fou.

Here - Q&A with Director Bas Devos
Dec 28 (7pm)
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Stefan, a migrant construction worker in Brussels, has been having trouble sleeping in the lead-up to a voyage back home to Romania. He lives a lonely, but not solitary, life, and finds that sharing soup with those he meets helps him to connect to his fellow city-dwellers. But more unexpectedly, this gift-giving connects him to the natural parklands that line the streets of Brussels.

Spacked Out - Q&A with Actress Christy Chueng
Dec 29 (7:50pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Set in the massive, crumbling urban developments in Hong Kong's New Territories with a combination of trained actors and nonprofessionals, Spacked Out depicts a few tumultuous days in the lives of four schoolgirls, filled with desultory mall outings, classroom phone sex, and the occasional box-cutter brawl.

Good Grief - Q&A with Director Dan Levy
Dec 30 (7:15pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58 Street, Manhattan)
An artist grieving the loss of his famous writer husband takes his two best friends on a trip to Paris, where they unpack messy secrets and hard truths.

American Symphony - Q&A with Director Matt Heineman, Jon Batiste, Producer Lauren Domino
Jan 3 (7pm)
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
Musician Jon Batiste sets out to compose a symphony. Then his life partner, author Suleika Jaouad, learns that her cancer is back. This documentary is a portrait of two artists at a crossroads and a meditation on art, love and the creative process.

Beau Is Afraid - Q&A with Director Ari Aster
Jan 3 (6:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Following the sudden death of his mother, a mild-mannered but anxiety-ridden man confronts his darkest fears as he embarks on an epic, Kafkaesque odyssey back home.

El Super - Q&A with Co-Screenwriter Manuel Arce
Jan 5 (7pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Roberto and Aurelia are ten-year exiles from Castro's Cuba, now residing in New York City with their 17-year-old daughter Aurelita. Roberto has become the super of the building in which he lives, with the troubles of his tenants and his overall discontentment with his current living situation driving the plot of the film. He and his wife have trouble understanding their daughter, who smokes pot and likes to disco dance; this is further compounded by the problems she gets into during the latter half of the film, including a pregnancy scare with potentially multiple men.

Brief Tender Light - Q&A with Director Arthur Musah
Jan 5 (7pm), Jan 6 (3pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
A Ghanaian filmmaker follows four African undergraduates through MIT, America's premier technological university and his alma mater. The students embark on their MIT education with individual ambitions – to engineer infrastructure in Tanzania; to secure a better life for family in Nigeria; to contribute to postgenocide reconstruction in Rwanda; to advance democracy in Zimbabwe. Their missions are distinct, but fueled by a common goal: to become agents of positive change back home.

You Can't Stay Here - Q&A with Director Todd Verow, Actor Guillermo Diaz
Jan 5 (7:10pm), Jan 6 (7:10pm), Jan 7 (2:15pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Set in the 1990s, follows a photographer who witnesses the homicide of a gay man in Central Park. When the police take some interest in the crime, a relationship develops between the photographer and the murderer.

Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got
Jan 6 (8:45pm) Intro with Director Brigitte Berman
Jan 7 (2:50pm) Q&A with Director Brigitte Berman
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Documentary cataloging the life and music of the band leader and clarinetist, Artie Shaw.

Piñero - Q&A with Actor Benjamin Bratt
Jan 7 (6:20pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Miguel Pinero's creative and turbulent life was cut short at age 40: a Tony Award nominee who did time at Sing-Sing, a volatile urban poet whose work is recognized as a precursor to rap and hip-hop, and a writer of hit TV shows.

Good Grief - Q&A with Actor/Director Dan Levy
Jan 8 (7pm)
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan)
An artist grieving the loss of his famous writer husband takes his two best friends on a trip to Paris, where they unpack messy secrets and hard truths.

El Cantante - Intro by Editor David Tedeschi
Jan 8 (5:10pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Earth Mama - Q&A with Writer/Director Savannah Leaf
Jan 9 (7pm)
Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53 Street, Manhattan)
With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids.

Criminal Record - Q&A with Actor Peter Capaldi and Producer Elaine Collins
Jan 9 (7pm)
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan)
Criminal Record follows two brilliant detectives (Capaldi and Cush Gumbo) as an anonymous phone call draws them into a confrontation over an old murder case — one a young woman in the early stages of her career, the other a well-connected man determined to protect his legacy.

Richland - Q&A with Director Irene Lusztig
Jan 10 (6pm)
Firehouse Cinema DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Built by the US government to house the Hanford nuclear site workers who manufactured weapons-grade plutonium for the Manhattan Project, Richland, Washington is proud of its heritage as a nuclear company town and proud of the atomic bomb it helped create. Richland offers a prismatic, placemaking portrait of a community staking its identity and future on its nuclear origin story, presenting a timely examination of the habits of thought that normalize the extraordinary violence of the past.

Passages - Q&A with Director Ira Sachs
Jan 12 (7:15pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Passages explores a Parisian love triangle between three beautiful bohemians: Tomas, Martin, and Agathe. Tomas and Martin's marriage is thrown into crisis when the former begins a passionate affair with Agathe, a younger woman he meets after completing his latest film. While the mild-mannered Martin is at first tolerant, even supportive of his partner's needs, over time his patience becomes severely tested.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Intro by Producer/Co-Director Pat Hartley
Jan 12 (6:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
James Baldwin retraces his time in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting with his trademark brilliance and insight on the passage of more than two decades.

She Came to Me - Q&A with Director Rebecca Miller and Cinematographer Sam Levy
Jan 12 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
A composer with an unfinished opera, a spiritually conflicted psychiatrist, and a free-spirited tugboat captain collide on an unpredictable voyage into uncharted waters in writer-director Rebecca Miller's enchanting romantic comedy.

Driving Madeleine - Q&A with Director Christian Carion
Jan 12 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Madeleine, leaves small suburbia to join a nursing home, on the other side of Paris. Charles, a taxi driver, comes to pick her and in no hurry to reach, she asks him to go through places of the capital, which have counted in her life.

Household Saints - Q&A with Director Nancy Savoca, Writer/Producer Rich Guay, Michael Imperioli (Friday only)
Jan 12 (6:45pm), Jan 13 (6:45pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy.

The Eternal Memory - Q&A with Director Maite Alberti
Jan 13 (3:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
In their youth, Augusto and Paulina had vibrant cultural vocations – he as a television social commentator and reporter who called for his nation to never forget its traumatic political legacy, she as an acclaimed actress and later Minister of Culture for Chile. Now in their autumn years, they contend with Augusto's Alzheimer's diagnosis and Paulina's fears of impending loss.

Destroy All Neighbors - Q&A with Actor Alex Winter
Jan 16 (7pm), 17 (7pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Lower Manhattan (28 Liberty Street, Manhattan)
William Brown, a neurotic, self-absorbed musician determined to finish his prog-rock magnum opus, faces a creative roadblock in the form of a noisy and grotesque neighbor named Vlad. Finally working up the nerve to demand that Vlad keep it down, William inadvertently decapitates him. But, while attempting to cover up one murder, William's accidental reign of terror causes victims to pile up and become undead corpses who torment and create more bloody detours on his road to prog-rock Valhalla.

Sometimes I Think About Dying - Q&A with Actors Daisy Ridley & Dave Merheje, Director Rachel Lambert
Jan 25 (7pm), Jan 26 (2:40pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Fran, who likes to think about dying, makes the new guy at work laugh, which leads to dating and more. Now the only thing standing in their way is Fran herself.

Showing Up - Q&A with Director Kelly Reichardt
Jan 26 (7pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
A sculptor preparing to open a new show tries to work amidst the daily dramas of family and friends.

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