Denis Villeneuve - special screening of Dune at IFC Center - Nov 16, 2021
Denis Villeneuve - special screening of Dune at IFC Center - Nov 16, 2021
Cinema Roundup For the Week of January 18

(released 1/18/2024)

Here's our list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from January 18th 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 -

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket - Intro by Director Karen Thorsen
Jan 18 (6:30pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
An emotional portrait of Baldwin that uses rarely-seen archival footage, and melds intimate interviews (with writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron, among others), and public speeches, with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin and scenes from his funeral in December 1987.

Household Saints - Q&A with Director Nancy Savoca, Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, Writer/Producer Richard Guay
Jan 19 (6:35pm)
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 Prestige - Intro and Q&A with Production Designer Nathan Crowley
Jan 19 (7pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
After a tragic accident, two stage magicians in 1890s London engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Vishniac - Q&A with Director Laura Bialis (and some with Exec Producer Nancy Spielberg)
Jan 19 (7:15pm), Jan 20 (7:15pm), Jan 21 (2:45pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Difficult and flamboyant, Roman Vishniac captured iconic images of Jewish life, from the cafes of pre-war Berlin to the shtetls of Eastern Europe. But it would be up to his daughter to preserve his legacy.

Origin - Q&A with Writer/Director Ava Duvernay
Jan 20 (4:15pm, 7:20pm)
Angelika (18 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
The unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

May December - Q&A with Production Designer Sam Lisenco
Jan 20 (6pm)
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.

The Dark Knight - Intro and Q&A with Production Designer Nathan Crowley
Jan 20 (7pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Masters of the Air - Q&A with Actors Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Barry Keoghan, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann & Exec Prod Gary Goetzman
Jan 24 (7pm)
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan)
Series that follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (the "Bloody Hundredth") in World War II who flew the bombers that helped beat the Nazis and liberate Europe.

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.

Stamped From the Beginning - Q&A with Editors John S. Fisher and Francesca Sharper
Jan 26 (8:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Published in 2016, Dr. Kendi's National Book Award winner chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

Subtraction - Q&A with Director Mani Haghighi
Jan 26 (7pm) - Part of Iranian Film Fest
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
In downtown Tehran, Farzaneh, a young driving instructor, spots her husband, Jalal, walking into a woman's apartment. When she confronts him, Jalal claims he was out of town for work. He decides to check out the building for himself. There, he meets a woman who is the spitting image of Farzaneh. Her name is Bita. Stunned, the two compare family photos: Bita's husband also looks identical to Jalal.

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.

A Dragon Arrives! - Q&A with Director Mani Haghighi
Jan 27 (6:30pm) Part of Iranian Film Fest
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Detective Babak Hafizi is being interrogated by the secret police. Everything began on January 23, 1965, the day after the Prime Minister was shot in front of Parliament. Hafizi was ordered to investigate the suspicious suicide of an exiled political prisoner on the remote island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. In an abandoned ship next to an ancient cemetery in the desert, Hafizi stumbles upon an even bigger mystery.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica - Q&A with Directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Jan 27 (3pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Focuses on five hospitals in northern Paris neighborhoods. It reveals that human flesh is an extraordinary landscape that exists only through the gaze and attention of others.

Modest Reception - Q&A with Director Mani Haghighi
Jan 28 (4:30pm) Part of Iranian Film Fest
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
A man with his arm in a cast who thus resembles Napoleon and a well-dressed woman are making their way through a war-torn mountainous region in an SUV. The boot of the car contains plastic bags filled with money to distribute to the needy people they encounter on their journey.

Passages - Talkbalk with Director Ira Sachs
Jan 29 (6pm)
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (515 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor, Manhattan)
Set in Paris, this seductive drama tells the story of Tomas and Martin, a gay couple whose marriage is thrown into crisis when Tomas begins a passionate affair with Agathe, a younger woman he meets after completing his latest film.

32 Sounds - Q&A with Director Sam Green
Jan 31 (7pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
The film explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving together 32 specific sound explorations into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us.

A Still Small Voice - Q&A with Producer Kellen Quinn & film subject Mati Engel
Feb 1 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Blvd, Manhattan)
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.

End of Night - Q&A with Director Amos Poe and Actor Eric Mitchell
Feb 4 (5:45pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
A domestic accident causes a quiet and simple man to undergo drastic personality changes which will takes him to New York's underground nightclubs.

She is Conann - Q&A with Director Bertrand Mandico and Actress Elina Löwensohn
Feb 4 (5:45pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Lower Manhattan (28 Liberty Street, Manhattan)
Hellhound Rainer roams the abyss, following Conann in each phase of her life, from childhood as a slave to Sanja through to her accession as queen.

No Budge Live #37 - Q&A with Filmmakers
Feb 5 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
NoBudge is happy to present a new program of twelve short films from a group of emerging indie filmmakers mostly based in New York. This edition explores a range of unusual relationships and questionable behavior that finds its characters in modes of scheming and rationalizing. A mix of drama, comedy, and animation, the program moves between naturalistic, strange, absurd, and provocative. Eight of the films are premieres and each director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and Afterparty.

Marty - Q&A with Director Giacomo Francia
Feb 7 (6:30pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
Marty, a devoted South Bronx resident who advocates for social justice and community improvement, is an inspiration and a guiding force, motivating others to take action. Actively participating in police meetings, organizing rallies, and making appearances on television programs, Marty has emerged as an amplified voice for a historically marginalized community.

Eat Bitter - Q&A with Writer/Producer Ningyi Sun
Feb 8 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Blvd, Manhattan)
In one of the poorest nations on earth, the Central African Republic, native sand diver Thomas Boa and construction manager Jianmin Luan, a Chinese national, accept that struggle and risk are the price of tomorrow's rest and reward: both are prepared to "Eat Bitter." The eye-opening documentary raises the age-old question of what we are prepared to sacrifice for a better tomorrow, without a promise that it will ever arrive.

Rewind & Play - Q&A with Director Alain Gomis
Feb 9 (6:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
In December 1969, legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk ended his European concert tour with a performance at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Before the show, he was invited to appear on a French television program to perform and answer questions in an intimate setting. Using newly discovered footage from this recording, director Gomis reveals the disconnect between Monk and his interviewer, Henri Renaud, whose unwittingly trivializing approach conveys the casual racism and exploitation prevalent in the music industry at large.

Félicité - Q&A with Director Alain Gomis
Feb 10 (2pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Félicité, free and proud, is a singer in the evenings in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life changes when her 14-year-old son is the victim of a motorcycle accident. To save him, she begins a frantic race through the streets of an electric Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.

Tey (Today) - Q&A with Director Alain Gomis
Feb 10 (5:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Satché is about to die. He decides to make his last day on this world the day of his life.

Things - Q&A with Producer David Sterling
Feb 15 (9:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
In this monster anthology, a man's mistress is trapped by his gun-wielding wife, who subjects her to two tales as a twisted form of revenge. In the first, a would-be brothel owner and crew face off against a puritanical mayor with a mysterious box housing an ancient creature he uses as punishment. In the second, a woman's nightmares about her abusive husband slowly come to life as she tries to escape the real monster growing inside him.

New York Story & Hotel New York - Q&A with Director Jackie Raynal
Feb 18 (7:30pm)
Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, Manhattan)
New York Story - In this autobiographical short film, Loulou looks for editing work in New York before marrying a journalist, Sid. But, quickly growing bored, she tells her husband about her desire to have an affair with somebody else.
Hotel New York - An expanded version of the short, New York Story, in which we first see the arrival of the Loulou character in the big city, sharing a Soho apartment with three roommates, getting work as a film editor, and showing her previous movie Deux Fois at the Museum of Modern Art.

Lovely, Dark, and Deep - Q&A with Director Teresa Sutherland
Feb 20 (8pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Lower Manhattan (28 Liberty Street, Manhattan)
Lennon, a ranger with an aching desire to rid herself of the past, investigates a mystery in the dangerous woods with a long history of disappearances. As she descends further and further into the sinister forest, the more mysteries arise, the more lines between reality and nightmares blur, and the tress once again become a space where no one can hear scream.

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