The New York Asian Film Festival kicks off today. We’ll be going to "Princess Raccoon," "Three…Extremes," "Hana to Alice," "Green Chair" and "Crying Fist," and writing them up here. We’ll try to remember to bring the big IFC bowling bag-style purse we got at a meeting once (yeah, the men pretty much had to suck it up with that giveaway), so if you’re going to any of those screenings, look for us, and we can have an awkward, stilted non-internet moment.
Also, the IFC Center opens today with Miranda July’s outstanding "Me and You and Everyone We Know." We’re not obliged to shill for it, but we will anyway: it’s a damn nice theater. We haven’t seen the smaller screens upstairs, so we can’t speak for them (and watching a film on a small screen can be the plague of the indie cinema-going experience), but the main theater is rather gorgeous. John Vanco, who’s headed the remaking of the former Waverly Theater, loves films, and has gotten right all the little details you’d care about if you were given the fantastic-sounding job of running an arthouse cinema: the seats are sturdy and extremely comfy, a short will preface each film rather than ads, and the popcorn is organic. Oh, shut up. If we still found grittiness romantic, we’d be living in back in our old apartment with the rats and our Finnish dominatrix/bellydancer roommate.
At Pullquote, the cinetrix got to go to Wednesday’s "Me and You" premiere (grumble we actually work here grumble and can’t get a damn invite grumble) and falls in love with the film. Aaron at Out of Focus also caught an early glimpse of the theater, and has an interview with John Vanco over at Gothamist.
+ Back and Forth Forever (Pullquote)
+ The Gothamist Interview: June Day 1 – John Vanco (Out of Focus)
+ John Vanco, IFC Center (Gothamist)