Thursday, January 26

Kevin Jerome Everson's Cinnamon at Maysles

What’s Showing Today? Thursday, January 26
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Featured Screening: Kevin Jerome Everson’s Cinnamon at Maysles Cinema

Tonight Maysles Cinema‘s Jock Docs racing series continues with Cinnamon by Kevin Jerome Everson. Mansfield, Ohio-born Everson is an independent film and video artist who describes his work as “responding to daily materials, conditions, tasks and/or gestures of people of African descent.” His work was recently displayed in a solo exhibition at The Whitney, and his latest feature Quality Control is part of the museum’s Biennial opening March 1.

Cinnamon, 2006, inhabits the world of African-American drag racing in Virginia. Shot in seven days on several formats including 16mm and HD, it cycles between scripted and documentary scenes exploring the relationship between driver (bankteller by day) and mechanic. Cinnamon portrays a type of drag racing called Bracket Racing, in which cars are handicapped based on their potential performance for 1/8 mile races, meaning results often come down to minuscule fractions of a second and don’t necessarily favor the first to cross the finish line. John Bowles, a local racing legend who plays the mechanic, notes that a mechanic must learn to read how the driver reacts at the starting line: “I watch how the car actually works in the time before and after it pulls up to the line. Like a lot of mechanics and racing enthusiasts, I think of a car as a human being. Cars have personalities. It’s up to us mechanics to coax and encourage the car and the racer to perform and express their respective personalities.”

Cinnamon screens tonight at 7:30 pm. Read more about Everson’s work on Artforum.

Also Recommended

Anthology Film Archives compilation series concludes tonight with work by Klaus vom Bruch and Emile de Antonio, whose Point of Order is culled from over 188 hours of Army-McCarthy hearing kinetoscopes. Lavian-born queer filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim‘s Survival in New York and its recent sequel New York Memories open a series of Contemporary German Documentary. Survival documents three German women’s attempts to conquer the Big Apple.

Tonight Spectacle Theater presents an evening with Brooklyn record label Sacred Bones, including work made by the label and its bands and other surprises.


Deutsche Docs: The Contemporary German Documentary at Anthology Film Archives
Series details

  • Survival in New York (Rosa von Praunheim). Details. 16mm. 1989. 87 min. 7:00 pm.
  • New York Memories (Rosa von Pranheim). Details. Video. 2010. 89 min. 9:00 pm.

The Compilation Film at Anthology Film Archives
Series details

  • Point of Order (Emile de Antonio). Details. 35mm. 1963. 97 min. 7:00 pm.
  • The Schleyer Tape (Klaus vom Bruch). Details. Video. 1977-1978. 112 min. 9:00 pm.

Global Lens 2012 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Pegasus (Mohamed Mouftakir). Details. 2010. 4:00 pm.
  • The Finger (Sergio Teubal). Details. 2011. 93 min. 7:00 pm.

The Contenders 2011 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Pina (Wim Wenders). Details. 2011. 8:00 pm.

VHS Trailer Show at 92YTribecaDetails. Cinebeasts, VHS Vault, Junk Food Dinner, Sean Price Williams, Cristina Cacioppo and others bring the pain. VHS. 8:00 pm.
Cinnamon (Kevin Jerome Everson) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2006. 70 min. 7:30 pm.
The Young and the Damned (Luis Buñuel) at MoMADetails. 1950. 88 min. 1:30 pm.
An Evening with Sacred Bones at Spectacle TheaterDetails. 180 min. 8:00 pm.
Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) at Veronica People’s Club. “Free shots for anyone working a serious butch queen look.” 1990. 71 min. 9:00 pm.


Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 134 min. 1:00, 3:45, 6:45 and 9:20 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1956. 99 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10:00 pm.



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