Lin-Manuel Miranda and Steven Spielberg - Raiders of the Lost Ark screening and Q&A - June 26, 2022
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Steven Spielberg - Raiders of the Lost Ark screening and Q&A - June 26, 2022
Cinema Roundup For the Week of September 21

(released 9/21/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York from September 21st 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 -

Naked Lunch - Q&A with Producer Jeremy Thomas & Composer Howard Shore
September 21 (6pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

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 Shattered Mind - Q&A with Director Jade Bryan
September 22 (4:30pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Written, directed, and produced by deaf Black American filmmaker Jade Bryan, The Shattered Mind is about Zhane Rain, a teenager who struggles to find herself, questioning whether she was born deaf, and seeking to understand her recurring nightmares.

An Evening with Bill Brand
September 22 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan)
Bill Brand will show Coalfields along with more recent films, give a presentation that connects his moving image work to his paintings and drawings while tracing his journey with analog and digital mediums from the 1970's to the present.

The Storms of Jeremy Thomas - Q&A with Jeremy Thomas
September 22 (7:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Legendary film producer Jeremy Thomas is joined by filmmaker Mark Cousins on his yearly drive from England to the Cannes Film Festival. On this five-day journey, Thomas and Cousins go through rural France while running through some highlights from Thomas's extensive filmography, namely a slew of the most acclaimed and controversial films ever made, including Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, Cronenberg's Crash, and Roeg's Bad Timing.

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!"

Fluid Dynamics: Films by Maximilien Luc Proctor - Q&A with filmmaker
Sept 22 (7:30pm) & Sept 23 (7:30pm)
Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
Spectacle is thrilled to welcome avant-garde filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Maximilien Luc Proctor for two consecutive nights of films and discussion, including the first-ever NYC screening of Proctor's 16mm works.

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.

Nina and Irena - Q&A with Director Daniel Lombroso
Sept 22 (5pm), Sept 23 (5:30pm), Sept 24 (4pm)
Firehouse Cinema - DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
On the verge of her 90th birthday, a grandmother reveals to her grandson the painful story of her sister's disappearance during the Holocaust. Nina lost 25 members of her extended family, but never talked about it after she moved to America in 1951. In this heartbreaking and heartwarming story, a filmmaker turns the camera on his own family as his matter-of-fact grandma explains the realities of war and human nature.

26.2 To Life
Q&A with Producer Zahava Hirsh and film subjects Tim Fitzpatrick & Eddie Herena
September 22 (7:05pm)
Q&A with Producer Hella Winston and film subjects Tim Fitzpatrick & Eddie Herena
September 23 (7:05pm) & September 24 (1:50pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison, three men sentenced to life in prison for murder undertake running a marathon on a quest for redemption and freedom - or something like it.

What Doesn't Float - Q&A with Director Luca Balser and Producer Rachel Walden
Sept 22 (7pm), Sept 23 (7:45pm), Sept 24 (7:45pm), Sept 26 (7:45pm)
Roxy Cinema (2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan)
Seven stories. One city. A disparate group of characters fill out this darkly comedic anthology of New Yorkers at their wits' end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by an unforeseen conflict, each character must make a decision. While the outcomes vary, a unified sense of the city emerges: New York becomes a mirror to the ego, reflecting our true character, while the rest sink to the bottom.

Nightsiren - Q&A with Writer/Director Tereza Nvotova and Actress Natalia Germani
Sept 23 (9pm)
Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn)
A young woman returns to her native mountain village, searching for answers about her troubled childhood, but as she tries to uncover the truth, ancient superstitions lead the villagers to accuse her of witchcraft and murder.

Junebug - Q&A with Director Phil Morrison
Sept 23 (3pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, but she befriends George's wide-eyed and pregnant sister-in-law, Ashley, who is nearing her due date. Through the family, Madeleine gains greater insight into George's character.

Dead Man Walking - Q&A with Sister Helen Prejean and Director Tim Robbins
September 24 (3:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

NoBudge Live #35 - Q&A with filmmakers
September 25 (7:15pm - Sold Out)
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.

Nowhere - Q&A with Director Gregg Araki and Actor James Duval
Sept 27 (7:30pm) & Sept 28 (7:30pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
NOWHERE's weblike narrative charts a day in the hilarious and tragic life of Dark Smith, a gorgeous, alienated 18-year-old obsessed with the End of the World and finding his one true and lasting love. The object of his affection, Mel, feels for him deeply but can't commit herself to any one person or gender, splitting her time between Dark and her curvaceous, acid-tongued girlfriend, Lucifer. Dark, meanwhile, becomes enthralled by the beauteous Montgomery, literally a vision to behold beneath the golden California sun.

The Wolf House - Q&A with Director Cristóbal León
September 29 (7pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
An abandoned house provides refuge for a young woman being hunted by a wolfish evil, but she soon discovers she is still unsafe from the trauma in her mind, which begins shaping her surroundings in nightmarish fashion. This surreal animated film is as haunting as it is exquisitely crafted, its sinister fairytale world telling a tale of the Colonia Dignidad, one of the darkest chapters in Chile's history.

Three Sisters - Q&A with Director Wang Bing
Sept 30 (12:30pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Where Bitter Money sees the migrant worker experience through the lens of those who travel for work, the sorrowful, piercing Three Sisters looks at those who remain to subsist in the old, worn-out villages—in this case a trio of siblings sustaining themselves as almost-orphans, with a particular focus on the eldest, 10-year-old Yingying, who shoulders a more than adult-sized burden of labor, and who, vulnerable yet seemingly indomitable in her endurance, emerges as one of the most haunting documentary subjects of recent memory.

Bitter Money - Q&A with Director Wang Bing
Sept 30 (4pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
To understand contemporary China, caught in a Great Leap Forward from feudalism into postmodernity, you can ask for no better guide than Wang, whose films render the lives of the working poor and internal migrant Chinese down to their bare, harsh physical facts. In Bitter Money, he follows two teenage cousins journeying together to the city of Huzhou, seeking a better life and discovering only endless labor, abusive interpersonal relationships, and exploitation without recourse. Harrowing and massively humane.

A Song Film By Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari - Q&A and Performance by Kishi Bashi
Oct 5 (7pm) & Oct 6 (7pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
Violinist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi travels on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese Incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today.

More Than Ever - Q&A with Director Emily Atef and Actor Vicky Krieps
October 6 (5:15pm), October 8 (12pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Atef's intimate and emotionally raw drama stars Krieps as Hélène, a woman who, having every reason to believe her days are numbered after being diagnosed with a rare lung disease, turns her back on the smothering sympathy of friends and family to meet with a similarly afflicted Norwegian.

Joan Baez I Am A Noise - Q&A with Joan Baez and Filmmakers Karen O'Conner, Miri Navasky, Maeve O'Boyle
Oct 6 (7:40pm - Sold Out) & Oct 7 (5:10pm)
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Manhattan)
"I am not a saint, I am a noise," wrote 13-year-old Joan Baez in her journal, reflecting on a discordance between her outer and inner lives that would only deepen. Icon of '60s folk music and activism, Baez made the cover of TIME at 21, her relationship with Bob Dylan was widely publicized, and she famously performed "We Shall Overcome" at the March on Washington. What the public didn't know: she was subject to racist taunts as a child (her father was Mexican), suffered intense anxiety, and harbored long-simmering questions about unacknowledged family trauma. An intimate, revelatory portrait of an artist looking back on a six-decade career, crafted from a wealth of never-before-seen home movies, diaries, and audio recordings, while following Baez during her 2018 farewell tour.

Bergman Island - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 7 (12pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A couple retreat to the island that inspired Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for their upcoming films when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.

Corsage - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 7 (3pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A fictional account of one year in the life of Empress Elisabeth Of Austria. On Christmas Eve 1877, Elisabeth, once idolized for her beauty, turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman; she starts trying to maintain her public image.

Hold Me Tight - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 8 (3:15pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
A woman one day simply walks out on her family. Or does she?

The Chambermaid Lynn - Q&A with Actor Vicky Krieps
Oct 8 (6pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
In this coming out story with a difference, Lynn - a painfully shy hotel maid with OCD - voyeuristically watches a guest's encounter with a dominatrix. She then decides to hire the call girl to help her shed her own inhibitions.

The Love Witch - Q&A with Director Anna Biller
Oct 9 (8:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the '60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

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