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Thursday, July 24 | Panelstory at MAD

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What’s Showing Today? Thursday, July 24
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Featured Screening: Panelstory at Museum of Arts and Design

This summer, Spectacle‘s all-volunteer collective is one of the participating artists in the inaugural NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design. In addition to presenting an ongoing display of posters, custom trailers, and ephemera, the Museum has invited Spectacle to program its cinema for the summer. Over the next six weeks, it will present eleven programs: six programs featuring exceedingly rare, internationally sourced 35mm prints, and five “special event” programs spotlighting Spectacle as an interdisciplinary community centered around collaborative programming, expanded cinema, live events, and remix culture.

One might shorthand the description as “Spectacle with a budget.” Close readers know that I, and virtually all Screen Slate’s regular contributors, are longtime programmers at the space—as well as trailer editors, poster designers, tech gurus, and janitors. We value the esteemed presentation that well-financed, established venues provide, but we see in a 30-seat, DIY space like Spectacle, which does mostly digital projection, an opportunity to build a community that exchanges interests, skills, and values around our shared passion for the moving image. Sometimes the files glitch, but it seems like a reasonable trade-off to have that level of personal and intellectual exchange with ourselves and our audiences. (And at least it’s not a nitrate fire.)

And within that context, we find an opportunity to mine areas that we feel might be overlooked: whether due to political, economical, historical, or prejudicial factors. Which have a very real impact on programming, given the cost and effort involved in international shipping of 35mm prints: it’s difficult to spring for schlepping 30kg around the globe without the support of (politicized) financial assistance, often from state consulates. Spectacle, which begs and barters for permissions—a fact which a lot of people seem inclined to deny, perhaps because our ability to program seven days a week on a budget of up-to-1/3-of-the-door-on-$5-admission with an average of seven people actually showing up a night admittedly sounds unbelievable, and in any case threatens to undermine the authority of legitimate institutions—finds that presenting these movies digitally is at least enough to open a dialog around them. And even if we often hear, “I like you on Facebook, but I haven’t actually been to the theater,” I’m still comforted to think we might adapt and adopt a familiar adage by saying not a lot of people go to Spectacle, but everyone who does starts a microcinema. In any case, at this point, it has more active volunteers than seats. (That said, the computer broke last night, and it is currently unclear who will fix it. But the shows will go on one way or another.)

Therefore, it’s incredibly humbling to have the opportunity to present some of our favorite films that we feel might be most rewarding to be seen on 35mm prints. Everything has been carefully and painstakingly sourced, including titles such as Deux Fois and The Gold Diggers that, when they show at all, have almost always been seen on 16mm reductions—the Museum has spared no expense to present titles that have rarely, or in some cases never, shown on 35mm in the United States before. The films are not curios—which Spectacle often presents, and finds valuable—but legitimate, under-recognized masterpieces.

One of the biggest cases-in-point is tonight’s presentation of Panelstory by one our favorite filmmakers, the late Vera Chytilová. Boldly critical of the Czech state at a time when suppression had already scattered many of its New Wave filmmakers abroad, Panelstory is a provocative morality play set amid a failing housing project, bursting with humor, pathos, and brilliant features of vérité-style camerawork.

Thanks for bearing with this unabashed self promotion—which, I should warn, will be followed with more tomorrow in a program for which I suspect many artists may be Screen Slate contributors—and hope to see you at MAD. And if you have a spare Mac Mini: holler.

Today

Elmore Leonard at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld). Details. 35mm. 1995. 105 min. 6:45 pm.
  • 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves). Details. 35mm. 1957. 92 min. 9:00 pm.

Buñuel at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The BruteDetails. 35mm. 1952. 81 min. 7:30 and 9:20 pm.

Femmes Noirs at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1 Admission

  • The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles). Details. DCP restoration. 1948. 87 min. 12:45, 4:50, and 9:20 pm.
  • Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang). Details. New 35mm print. 1945. 103 min. 2:40 and 7:00 pm.

NewFest 2014 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde). Details. DCP. 2013. 114 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Futuro Beach (Karim Ainouz). Details. DCP. 2013. 106 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Boys (Mischa Kamp). Details. DCP. 2014. 78 min. 10:00 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese). Details. 1976. 113 min. 1:30 pm.

On the Edge: Brazilian Film Experiments of the 1960s and Early 1970s at MoMA
Series Details

  • José Mojica Marins and the Culture Wars in Brazil: Awakening of the Beast and The Strange World of Coffin Joe (José Mojica Marins). Details. 1968/1969. 125 min. 7:00 pm.

Carte Blanche: Christopher Williams at MoMA
Series Details

  • ENTERTAINMENT: Hurelements en faveur de Sade (Guy Debord), Screen Test: Penelope Palmer (Andy Warhol) and The Flicker (Tony Conrad). Details. 1952-1966. 98 min. 7:00 pm.

Spectacle at MAD at The Museum of Arts and Design
Series Details

  • Panelstory (Vera Chytilová). Details. 35mm. 1980. 96 min. 7:00 pm.

my eyes can’t focus and my brain is talking: A Film Program in Two Parts at Lisa Cooley. Details. 16mm films and videos by Marie Menken, Paul Sharits, Kurt Kren, Jeremy Blake, Paul Cclipson, Michael Snow, Stan Brakhage, Jud Yalkut, Owen Land, Malcolm Le Grice, Victoria Fu, and Josh Slater. 7:00 pm.

Galleries

Museums

  • Christoph Schlingensief at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes August 31.
  • View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
  • “Here and Elsewhere” at The New Museum, Bowery. $16 general/$14 seniors/$10 students. Pay-what-you-wish Thursdays 7:00 to to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Closes September 28.

Below Listed North-South

Chelsea

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Friday, July 25 | Strong-Thing & State of Emergence at MAD

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What’s Showing Today? Friday, July 25
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Featured Screening: Strong-Thing and State of Emergence at Museum of Arts and Design

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Today

Elmore Leonard at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • 52 Pick-Up (John Frankenheimer). Details. 35mm. 1986. 110 min. 7:15 pm.
  • Mr. Majestyk (Richard Fleischer). Details. 35mm. 1974. 103 min. 9:30 pm.

Animation Block Party at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Experimental, Graphic Design, and Music Videos. Details. 2:00 pm.
  • Student Films and Independent Animators. Details. 4:00 pm.
  • Space Jam (Joe Pytka). Details. 35mm. 1996. 88 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Animation Breakdown Roundup. Details. 9:45 pm.

Femmes Noirs at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1 Admission

  • Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk). Details. 35mm. 1944. 95 min. 12:40, 5:10, and 9:50 pm.
  • The Maltese Falcon (John Huston). Details. 35mm. 1941. 100 min. 2:45 and 7:30 pm.

NewFest 2014 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite (Kate Kunath). Details. Q&A with Kate Kunath. DCP. 2014. 70 min. 4:30 pm.
  • The Foxy Merkins (Madeleine Olnek). Details. Q&A with Madeleine Olnek. DCP. 2013. 81 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Blackbird (Patrik-Ian Polk). Details. Q&A with Patrick-Ian Polk. DCP. 2014. 102 min. 9:30 pm.

Freaky Fridays at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Pumpkinhead (Stan Winston). Details. 35mm. 1987. 86 min. 11:00 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese). Details. 1976. 113 min. 1:30 pm.

Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Escape in the Fog (Budd Boetticher). Details. 1945. 65 min. 4:30 pm.
  • The Burglar (Paul Wendkos). Details. 1957. 90 min. 6:30 pm.

Spectacle at MAD at The Museum of Arts and Design
Series Details

  • Strong-Thing (Jon Dieringer & H.A. Campbell) and State of Emergence (The Anti-Banality Union). Details. Filmmakers in attendance. HD video. 2014. 100 min. 7:00 pm.
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Saturday, July 26 | The Killing at Film Forum

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What’s Showing Today? Saturday, July 26
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Featured Screening: The Killing at Film Forum

Listings in progress. To receive each post as a daily email the moment it’s complete, sign up for Screen Slate Daily, and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

Today

Elmore Leonard at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Pronto (Jim McBride). Details. Video. 1997. 100 min. 4:45 pm.
  • Touch (Paul Schrader). Details. 35mm. 1997. 96 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld). Details. 35mm. 1995. 105 min. 9:15 pm.

Animation Block Party at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Animation for Kids. Details. 2:00 pm.
  • Tom Stathes’ Cartoons on Film. Details. 4:30 pm.
  • International Program. Details. 7:00 pm.
  • Titmouse: Best of 5 Second Day. Details. 9:00 pm.

Femmes Noirs at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1 Admission

  • Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich). Details. DCP restoration. 1955. 105 min. 12:30, 4:30, and 8:30 pm.
  • The Killing (Stanley Kubrick). Details. DCP restoration. 1956. 83 min. 2:40, 6:45, and 10:40 pm.

NewFest 2014 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Circle (Stefan Haupt). Details. DCP. 2014. 101 min. 10:30 am.
  • Newfest Shorts Program 1 (Various). Details. 2013/2014. 69 min. 1:30 pm.
  • What it Was (Daniel Armando). Details. Q&A with Daniel Armando. BLU-RAY. 2013. 85 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Tiger Orange (Wade Gasque). Details. Q&A with Wade Gasque. HDCAM. 2014. 76 min. 6:30 pm.
  • I Am Happiness on Earth (Julian Hernandez). Details. BLU-RAY. 2013. 115 min. 9:00 pm.
  • Age of Consent (Todd Verow, Charles Lum). Details. HDCAM. 2014. 88 min. 11:30 pm.

Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Walk a Crooked Mile (Gordon Douglas). Details. 1948. 91 min. 2:30 pm.
  • Drive a Crooked Road (Richard Quine). Details. 1954. 83 min. 4:45 pm.
  • The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls). Details. 1949. 82 min. 6:45 pm.

Ongoing

 

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Wednesday, July 23 | Illusion Travels by Streetcar at BAMcinématek

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What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, July 23
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Featured Screening: Illusion Travels by Streetcar at BAMcinématek

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Today

Films by James Benning and Richard Linklater at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater). Details. 35mm. 1993. 102 min. 8:45 pm.

Buñuel at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Illusion Travels by StreetcarDetails. 35mm. 1952. 82 min. 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm.

Femmes Noirs at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1 Admission

  • The Killers (Robert Siodmak). Details. DCP. 1946. 105 min. 12:40, 5:10, and 9:45 pm.
  • Gilda (Charles Vidor). Details. DCP. 1946. 110 min. 2:50 and 7:30 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese). Details. 1976. 113 min. 1:30 pm.

Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932–1957 at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Ninth Guest (Roy William Neill). Details. 1934. 65 min. 4:30 pm.
  • By Whose Hand? (Ben Stoloff). Details. 1932. 63 min. 6:15 pm.

The Night James Brown Saved Bostom (David Leaf) at St. Nicholas Park. Details. “Godfather of Soul” DJ Set with DJ Chairman Mao. 2008. 74 min. 7:45 pm.
Anna Biller Shorts at Spectacle. Details. 16mm. 1994-2001. 98 min. 8:00 pm.

Galleries

Museums

  • Christoph Schlingensief at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes August 31.
  • View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
  • “Here and Elsewhere” at The New Museum, Bowery. $16 general/$14 seniors/$10 students. Pay-what-you-wish Thursdays 7:00 to to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Closes September 28.

Below Listed North-South

Chelsea

Downtown