Joe Dante presenting “The Movie Orgy” in L.A., a rare stateside appearance of Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda for a retrospective in New York and the Fantastic Fest in Austin are just a few of the events that serve as the perfect antidote for the endless stream of summertime sequels and toy-based franchises.
While the 92Y Tribeca is taking a well-deserved break in August, the cinema space comes roaring back in September, beginning with hosting the Fifth Annual NYC Shorts Festival (Sept. 10-13), followed by a late night “Labyrinth” sing-along complete with trivia and a costume contest (Sept. 25-26), and a Michael Winterbottom double bill of “Code 46” and “24 Hour Party People” (Sept. 30)…In October, the 92Y Tribeca will premiere “Zombie Girl: The Movie” (Oct. 2), the doc about 12-year-old filmmaker Emily Hagins and her quest to make a zombie movie, followed by hosting the Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival (Oct. 3), the New York premiere of the music doc “Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before” (Oct. 16), the interactive big-screen poetry slam “Short Slam” (Oct. 21), a collection of experimental animator Faith Hubley’s shorts curated by her daughter Emily (Oct. 22), a screening of the film “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers” accompanied by a live soundtrack by Califone, a “Little Shop of Horrors” sing-along (Oct. 24), and a screening of the original 1973 “Wicker Man” just in time for Halloween (Oct. 30).
Ongoing series include the 92Y’s Queer/Art/Film series with gay artists from a variety of mediums screening their favorite (and often rare) films (Sept. 17th and Oct. 1st), the Cinema Tropical Music + Film Series (Sept. 23 and Oct. 29), writer/comedian Kevin Maher’s variety series “Kevin Geeks Out About…” with subjects ranging from werewolves (Sept. 25th) to the battle between Vincent Price versus Christopher Lee (Oct. 23rd). Also, “Daily Show” writer Elliott Kalan hosts two more evening of his “Closely Watched Films” series with the bubbly Rouben Mamoulian musical “Love Me Tonight” (Sept. 9) and a to be determined film on Oct. 7th.
Always one of the most eclectic and diverse programming slates around, the Second Avenue landmark opens up August with two events that demonstrate cinephilia at opposite ends of the spectrum — in one theater, fans of avant-garde filmmaker (and Anthology co-founder) Jonas Mekas can catch a brand new 35mm print of “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania” (Aug. 7-13) while next door, Blue Underground DVD founder William Lustig presents “The Seventies – Buried Treasures,” a collection of neglected rough-and-tumble classics from the era like John Flynn’s “The Outfit” (Aug. 7 & 13), the Elliott Gould-Robert Blake cop comedy “Busting” (Aug. 9 & 12) Tarantino favorite “Rolling Thunder” (Aug. 8 & 11), and Jacques Deray’s “The Outside Man” (Aug. 8 & 10), among others. The Anthology will also host retrospectives of the early documentaries and animated shorts of Jerome Hill (Aug. 14-16), the works of One-Eyed Auteurs including John Ford, Fritz Lang, Nicholas Ray, Raoul Walsh, and Andre de Toth (Aug. 14-23), the films of “Man With a Movie Camera”‘s Dziga Vertov (Aug. 29-30, Sept. 10, 12 & 13), Russian Films from Kino international (Aug. 21-23) – including a new print of Sergei Paradjanov’s “Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors” (Aug. 21 & 23), and Mondo Fandom, a series of obsessed fan documentaries (Sept. 3-6), including the Dolly Parton devotion doc “For the Love of Dolly” with filmmaker Tai Uhlmann in person on September 5th. Also be on the lookout for individual screenings of a new Technicolor print of “Suspiria” (Sept. 11-13) and Kent Mackenzie’s restored 1961 drama “The Exiles” (Sept. 24-27).
For films more of the short form variety, the Anthology is using their Essential Cinema series to offer up screenings of the work of collagist Harry Smith (Aug. 15-16), Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures” (Aug. 22), Michael Snow (Aug. 23), a double bill of Karl Valentin’s “Confirmation Day” and Jean Vigo’s “Zero for Conduct” (Sept. 10), Andy Warhol’s “Eat” and John & James Whitney’s “Film Exercises 1-5” (Sept. 26), and the abstract Bruce Baillie (Sept. 27-30). There will also be special screenings of rare films by New York underground filmmaker Jerry Jofen (Aug. 6), the always surprising collections of Unessential Cinema: Maximum Mystery, Minimum Pain (Aug. 21) and Found Footage Festival: Volume 4 (Sept. 18-19), Experimental Animations (Aug. 22), a tribute to the late Argentinean composer Mauricio Kagel with the 2008 doc “Süden” (Aug. 29), and the films of avant-garde filmmakers Hisham M. Bizri (Sept. 25) and Madeleine Gekiere (Sept. 26). The Anthology will also host an especially special evening when the late Maya Deren is celebrated with rare footage and recordings of the legendary director in her own words on September 9th. And finally, the Anthology continues their commitment to up-and-coming filmmakers with the ongoing NewFilmmakers series, which will consist of collections of new work in the following evenings — Sex in the Cinema (Aug. 19), NewFilmmakers Celebrates Filmmaking and Acting (Sept. 1), A Night of Comedy featuring Mrs. Asparagus (Sept. 2), the Annual 9/11 Screening Series (Sept. 9), A Doc Night (Sept. 16), Another Double Feature (Sept. 23), and works from the Middle East and NewLatino Groups (Sept. 30).
From August 3rd through 20th, the BAMcinématek will follow so many others in surrendering to the charms of Cary Grant, with screenings of classics like George Stevens’ “Talk of the Town” (Aug. 8) and Howard Hawks’ “Only Angels Have Wings” (Aug. 18), among others. During that time, there will also be a sneak preview of Sophie Barthes’ “Cold Souls” on August 6th, with Barthes and star Paul Giamatti in attendance, as well as a Cinemachat with Elliott Stein as he screens the rare 1932 British thriller “Rome Express” on August 12th. The BAMcinématek will then launch into the Films of Hirokazu Kore-eda from August 21-September 1 in advance of his latest, “Still Walking”, which will screen with Kore-eda in person on August 21st, followed by well-known titles such as 1998’s “After-Life” (Aug. 28) and harder-to-find titles like 2001’s “Distance” (Aug. 23). BAMcinématek will then segue into the student film screenings of Films from 826NYC (Aug. 26) and ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema‘s presentation of the NYU grad-produced anthology “6 Things I Never Told You” (Aug. 27), followed by the gay/lesbian celebration NewFest (Aug. 29-30).
In September, the odd trio of Ray Milland, Dario Argento and Robert Redford will get retrospectives, first with a two-night review of Milland’s “Alias Nick Beal” (Sept. 2, as part of the Cinemachat with Elliott Stein series) and “The Uninvited” (Sept. 3), followed by a celebration of the “Suspiria” director’s work from September 4-6, then with a look at the films of the Sundance pioneer and environmentally minded movie star from September 8-16, with Redford in attendance for a screening of “All the President’s Men” (Sept. 12), and a September 13th panel discussion that accompanies screenings of “Out of Africa,” “The Natural,” “The Electric Horseman,” and “The Way We Were.” The rest of September (from Sept. 11-30) will be filled out by a Rendez-vous with Juliette Binoche, showcasing her three-decade career with the actress in person for screenings of Cedric Klapisch’s “Paris” (Sept. 11, with Klapisch also in attendance) and Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Blue” (Sept. 21).
Shortly before his latest blistering drama “Bronson” rolls out into theaters, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn will receive a retrospective from October 1st through 4th. BAMcinématek will also shine a light on the cinema of two countries — first a week-long retrospective culled from the rich legacy of Hungarian cinema from October 7th through the 15th, with presentations of Golden Age of Hollywood films from Michael Curtiz and George Cukor, among others, and then a three-night spotlight on the burgeoning Uruguay cinema, with films including César Charlone and Enrique Fernandez’s award-winning “The Pope’s Toilet,” Gonzalo Arijón’s harrowing doc “Stranded,” and an advanced screening of Adrián Biniez’s “Gigante”, on October 16-18.