Bill Plympton - National Arts Club - April 11, 2023
Bill Plympton - National Arts Club - April 11, 2023
Cinema Roundup For the Week of Sept 8

(released 9/7/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from September 8th 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 -

We have a special treat from the Paris Theater.  The first screening in our list has a link to RSVP for tickets.  Get them while they are available.

El Conde - Q&A with Cinematographer Ed Lachman
September 8 (7:00pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
El Conde is a dark comedy inspired by the recent history of Chile. In this parallel universe, Augusto Pinochet, a symbol of world fascism, is a vampire. Disappointed in his legacy as a thief, he's all but ready to abandon eternal life when he finds inspiration in an unexpected relationship.

Lift - Q&A with Director Scott Peterson and film subject Steven Melendez
September 8 (7pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
Acclaimed ballet dancer Steven Melendez returns to the Bronx shelter that was his childhood home, where he teaches a ballet workshop for children through New York Theatre Ballet's LIFT program. As a mentor to young dance students facing housing insecurity, Steven works with the children to turn hidden trauma into dance, and turn a  classical art form into an expression all their own.

Hello Dankness - Q&A with Filmmakers Soda Jerk
September 8 & 9 (7:20pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
Soda Jerk's new feature HELLO DANKNESS (2022) is a suburban stoner musical that bears witness to the psychotropic spectacle of American politics from 2016 to 2021.

King Coal - Q&A with Director Elaine McMillion Sheldon
September 9 (6pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, the myths it has created. While deeply situated in Central Appalachia, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, King Coal untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change.

Barcelona - Q&A with Whit Stillman
September 10 (5pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Stillman's sophomore film, which draws upon his experiences as a sales agent in 1980s Spain, stars Taylor Nichols as a straitlaced Chicago-born businessman working abroad in the titular city, having to negotiate the impact of the late-arriving sexual revolution on the Iberian Peninsula as well as the unwelcome arrival of his loudly jingoistic Yankee naval officer cousin on the eve of Spain's entry into NATO (or "OTAN").

Amerikatsi - Q&A with Writer/Director Michael Goorjian
September 10 (2:50pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
In 1948, decades after fleeing Armenia to the U.S. as a child, Charlie returns in the hope of finding a connection to his roots, but what he finds instead is a country crushed under Soviet rule. After being unjustly imprisoned, Charlie falls into despair, until he discovers that he can see into a nearby apartment from his cell window — the home of a prison guard. As his life unexpectedly becomes entwined with the man's, he begins to see that the true spirit of his homeland is alive in its passionate people.

How We Get Free - Q&A with Sweta Vohra, Kathleen Lingo, Geeta Gandbhir, Samantha Knowles, Nicholas Kulish
September 13 (7pm)
DCTV Firehouse Cinema (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Over the course of two years, How We Get Free follows Elisabeth Epps as she works to abolish cash bail in Colorado and put an end to the criminalization of poverty. Epps is the founder of the Colorado Freedom Fund, one of the over 100 community bail funds around the country, which started to help incarcerated individuals who can't afford their bail before trial.

Stop Making Sense - Q&A with David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison
Sept 13 (7:30pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Stop Making Sense brings to the screen Talking Heads at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison, alongside an ecstatic ensemble of supporting musicians. Renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme captures the band at their exhilarating best in this new and complete restoration for the film's 40th anniversary.

Blue Ruin - Q&A with Editor Julia Bloch
September 15 (8:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Violence begets violence begets violence in Saulnier's terse, tense, and unusually contemplative revenge thriller, which opens with haunted vagrant Dwight getting word that the man responsible for his parents' deaths is about to be released from prison and setting out to settle scores—only to unwittingly unleash a vicious reprisal. 

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Q&A with Actors Paris Themmen and Julie Dawn Cole
September 15 (7pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Staten Island (2636 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island)
September 17 (11:45am and 3pm)
Alamo Drafthouse - Brooklyn (445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn)
Come with me, and you'll be in a wooorld of pure imagination... and you'll also be in a theater with two of the original kids from WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY! We'll have a full Q&A after the screening, so you can ask Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) what it was like to be so tiny and ask Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) what happened after she got dumped down the Bad Egg chute.

Invisible Beauty - Q&A with film subject & Director Bethann Hardison and Director Frédéric Tcheng
September 15 (7:50pm), September 16 (5:30pm), September 17 (5:30pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
With a career spanning over five decades, Bethann Hardison has gone from working in New York City's Garment District to founding her namesake agency where she guided the careers of some of the most prominent models in the world.

Waiting for the Light to Change
Q&A with Writer/Director Ling Tan, Actor/Producer Sam Straley, Producers Jewells Santos and Jake Rotger
September 15 (7:30pm)
Q&A with director/writer Linh Tan, Producers Jewells Santos and Jake Rotger
September 16 (7:30pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Over the course of a week-long beachside getaway, Amy, having recently undergone dramatic weight loss, finds herself wrestling between loyalty to her best friend Kim and her attraction to Kim's new boyfriend.

Shame - Pre-screening presentation on location management by David Velasco
September 16 (6:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a Manhattan executive driven to the extremes of abjection by a tormenting sex addiction, his neatly compartmentalized life turned upside down when his cabaret chanteuse sister arrives in the city. A harrowing trawl through the city's nightclubs and hotels, made with rare fidelity to New York's geography.

Crossing Delancey - Q&A with Actor/Director Peter Reigert
September 17 (12:15pm)
New Plaza Cinema (35 West 67th Street, Manhattan)
Thirty-something Isabelle "Izzy" Grossman spends her time going from her tiny, solitary West Side apartment to that of her grandmother on the Lower East Side. In between, Izzy builds a glowing reputation at the swank bookstore where she works. While her grandmother plots to find her a romantic match, Izzy is courted by a married, worldly author, Anton, yet can't seem to shake the down-to-earth appeal of Sam, a pickle vendor.

A Conversation with Rebecca Miller
September 17
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2:30pm)
Rebecca Miller conversation (4:30pm)
She Came to Me (6:00pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
The 2023–24 season of Art and Craft opens with an afternoon with independent filmmaker Rebecca Miller, including an in-depth conversation moderated by series curator David Schwartz, and screenings of two of Miller's films: the rarely screened and underrated 2009 drama The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, featuring an unforgettable performance by Robin Wright, and a special advance screening of She Came to Me, the magical New York romantic fantasy starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, and Anne Hathaway that opened this year's Berlin Film Festival. 

Blow Up My Life - Q&A with Co-Directors Abigail Horton and Ryan Dickie
September 18 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Jason, a disillusioned pharmaceutical employee, is fired after a drug-fueled social media post goes viral, but when he accidentally discovers a deadly opioid conspiracy hidden by his former boss he sets out to redeem himself. 

BDC Films Fellows - Screening and Q&A with filmmakers
September 19 (6:30pm)
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx)
The Bronx Documentary Center invites the community to a special screening featuring documentary shorts created by filmmakers in the BDC Films Fellowship Program, a course that seeks to empower and support traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers who are interested in pursuing film.  Includes: Speak! by Sarah Alvira, Making Braids by Similejesu (Simi) Sonubi, Tender by Agasha Irving, Being Jezebel by Auralynn Rosario.

The Future of Film Is Female (FOFIF) Shorts Program - Q&A with filmmakers
September 20 (7pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
The Future of Film is Female is proud to present its inaugural Shorts Program at Nitehawk Cinema! Our first edition includes nine recent short films from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico, and London. Though diverse in style and storytelling, from satire to horror, these shorts reflect tales of family, belonging, and community. There will be a Q&A with filmmakers.

Violent New Breed - Q&A with Director Todd Sheets
September 21 (9:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
A new deadly drug named 'Rapture' has taken over the streets of New York City, and a pair of cops have been tasked with finding its source. Little do they know that the drug was created by an army of demons that live under NYC, who have also just conjured the Antichrist. Now the cops must rescue the spawn of Satan and get it across town to Pastor Williams in order to baptize and exorcise the baby beast.

32 Sounds - Q&A with Director Sam Green, star Annea Lockwood, moderated by Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
September 21 (6:45pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park South, 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.

DCTV @ 50 - Q&A's with Jon Alpert
Sept 21-28 (different times)
Third Avenue: Only The Strong Survive
Life of Crime: 1984-2020
Canal Street: First Stop in America
Cuba and the Cameraman
Baghdad ER & Redemption
James Gandolfini's Documentary Legacy
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
Spanning five decades and traversing landscapes from Canal Street to Cuba, this series spotlights the work of DCTV's co-founders: the pioneering video journalist Keiko Tsuno and Academy Award-nominee Jon Alpert.

The Trial (El Juicio) - Q&A with filmmaker Ulises de la Orden
September 22 (6:45pm), September 23 (3:45pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
THE TRIAL, based on never-before-seen courtroom footage, is a shocking record of the first major prosecution of crimes against humanity since Nuremberg. Facing a group of nine former military officers — including the infamous Jorge Rafael Videla, onetime President of Argentina — survivors and parents of the disappeared (los desaparecidos) recount harassment, property theft, kidnapping (high school students abducted during the "Night of the Pencils"), the theft of newborn babies, torture, rape, and mass killings. The defense testifies that their "dirty war" was a response to subversives and leftist terror. The chief prosecutor legendarily ends his closing argument: "¡Nunca mas!"

Something You Said Last Night - Q&A with star Carmen Madonia, Writer/Director Luis De Filippis
September 22 & 23 (4:30pm & 7:00pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Ren, an aspiring writer and mid-twenty-something, accompanies her parents, Mona and Guido, and her younger sister, Siena, on a beach resort holiday in cottage country. As Ren navigates the resort, she struggles to cope with her parents' loving yet overbearing nature, and tries to balance the yearning for independence with the comfort of being taken care of. The realities of being a stunted millennial and a trans woman coalesce in Ren not wanting to be perceived as a burden, yet looming in the back of Ren's mind is the secret of her recent dismissal from work, and that once the holiday is over, she will need to rely even more on her family's support.

NoBudge Live #35 - Q&A with filmmakers
September 25 (7:15pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
NoBudge is happy to present ten new short films from a group of emerging indie filmmakers mostly based in New York. For this program, we focus primarily on young characters in quotidian struggles, or existential ones. They are anxious about how to spend tonight and not so sure about the rest of their lives either. Feeling alienated or overwhelmed, they are worried about money, looking for work or firmly enmeshed in terrible jobs, and bombarded by technology. Some are surreal while others are crushingly realistic. We begin with a double shot of experimental filmmaking before moving on to mostly comedy with a hint of drama, and a drop of animation. As a palate cleanser to the angst of young adulthood, we close the lineup at a seniors-only retreat at a Poconos resort where two 75-year-old friends look for love. Six of the films are NYC premieres and each director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and Afterparty.

Great Expectations - Q&A with Actor Ethan Hawke
September 27 (7pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Modernization of Charles Dickens' classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.

Here's a video from the Q&A following a screening of "The Tune" at the National Arts Club on April 11, 2023. Participating in the Q&A was Animator Bill Plympton.

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