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Saturday, February 11

What’s Showing Today? Saturday, February 11
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Featured Screening: We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op at Microscope Gallery

Today We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op opens at Microscope Gallery with a reception from 7:00 to 9:00 pm preceded by an RSVP-required screening of fresh-from-the-lab Jack Smith restorations at 5:00 pm. Those were previously featured on Screen Slate with a writeup by the restoration’s project manager, Colorlab’s Laura Major.

From Microscope’s website:

We Are Cinema is a month-long exhibit and screening series celebrating 50 years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op in NYC.  It was in January of 1962 that filmmaker Jonas Mekas called an urgent meeting of about 20 avant-garde/independent filmmakers including Stan Vanderbeek, Rudy Burckhardt, Jack Smith, Ken Jacobs, and Gregory Markopoulos to discuss taking the means of exhibition and distribution into their own hands. Within months the Film-Makers’ Co-op was born. Under the stewardship of filmmaker MM Serra since 1991, the organization is now the oldest and largest artist-run cooperative in the world and membership continues to be open to anyone with a film or video work.

We Are Cinema features paintings, drawings, prints, light boxes, and other artworks from the group’s earliest to most recent members. Additionally, rare early documents, posters, catalogues, archival materials and historical sound recordings will also be on exhibit.

A number of additional screenings featuring work and appearances by Ken Jacobs and Jonas Mekas as well as new additions to the co-op catalog are scheduled throughout the rest of the exhibition. More details here.

Also Recommended

Two darkhorse Cronenberg favorites at Museum of the Moving Image: in an adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dead Zone, Christopher Walken portrays a teacher who wakes from a five-year coma burdened by the ability to foresee the future, including political assassinations and large-scale disasters; eXistenZ brings a classic Cronenbergian fixation with body horror to a cerebral, byzantine tale of virtual reality videogames. As the closest thing we have to this now remains the Wii, it’s for future generations to determine how prescient Cronenberg’s vision has been.

e-flux is hosting a gallery showing of BBC socio-political-scientific-found-footage mosaic documentarian Adam Curtis‘s films. Curtis is best known for his rousing, thought-provoking and intricately structured documentaries premised to reveal how unlikely connections between science, politics, industry, religion and culture explain our world. Is it porn for conspiracy nuts and Brian Eno fans? Maybe—but worth checking out nonetheless.

And Anthology Film Archives‘s weekendlong tribute to the late George Kuchar continues with two programs spotlighting his work distributed for EAI and Canyon Cinema. The former features self-narrated, personal video diaries “exhibiting the rawness of video vérité and the theatricality of fiction . . . [recording] close-up observations [and] personal routines and social interactions of Kuchar’s daily life.” The Canyon program features some of his final 16mm films from the late 1970s and early 80s, including Cattle Mutilations and Ascension of the Demonoids.

Today

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George Kuchar 1942-2011 at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Program 3: From the Shelves of EAIDetails. Video. 1987. 95 min. 6:45 pm.
  • Program 4: Treasures from Canyon CinemaDetails. 16mm. 1979-1985. 105 min. 9:00 pm.

William Wellman at Film Forum
Series Details

  • WingsDetails. 4K DCP. 1927. 140 min. 1:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Island in the Sky. Details. HD Projection. 1953. 109 min. 4:00 pm.

Cinematic Goddess: American Sex Symbol, The Films of Raquel Welch at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester). Details. Welch in attendance for Q&A by Dick Cavett. 1974. 105 min. 6:45 pm.
  • One Million Years B.C. (Don Chaffey). Details. Welch in attendance. 1967. 91 min. 9:30 pm.

The Current Australian Aborigine Black Power Movement at Maysles Cinema
Screening Details

  •  The Tracker (Rolf de Heer). 2002. 98 min. 5:00 pm.
  • Our Generation (Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis). Reception follows. 2010. 73 min. 7:00 pm.

Oscar’s Docs, 1950-87: Creative Expression at MoMA
Series Details

  • From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (Murray Lerner). Details. Q&A with Lerner. 1980. 84 min. 4:00 pm.
  • He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’ (Emile Adolino) and Flamenco at 5:15 (Cynthia Scott). Details. 1983. 77 min. 7:00 pm.

David Cronenberg at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • The Dead ZoneDetails. 1983. 102 min. 3:00 pm.
  • eXistenZ. Details. 1999. 97 min. 6:00 pm.

The Films of Roland Klick at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • BübchenDetails. 1968. 86 min. 7:30 pm.
  • White Star. Details. 1983. 92 min. 9:30 pm.

Meet The Lady: The Women of Twin Peaks at 92YTribeca. Details. SOLD OUT! 8:00 pm.
The Great Blondino and Bleau Shut (Robert Nelson) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 16mm. 1967/1970. 80 min. 4:45 pm.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. DCP. 1958. 88 min. 11:00 am.
We Are Cinema Jack Smith Screening at Microscope GalleryDetails. Includes Respectable Creatures, Song for Rent, Hot Air Specialists, Overstimulated, Scotch Tape and Yellow Sequence. $10 admission, RSVP required. 5:00 pm.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (George Miller) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 2005. 85 min. 12:15 pm.
NYFA Bootstrap Arts Festival 2 at UnionDocsDetails. Work by Frances Lozada, Melissa Hacker, Michelle Chai and Isabel Sadurni. 45 min. 7:30 pm.

OPENING: “We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op” at Microscope Gallery. 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
OPENING: Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux. 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Midnights

Eraserhead (David Lynch) at IFC Center. Details. 1977. 97 min. 12:25 am.
Father’s Day
 (Astron-6) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 2011. 98 min.
Mad Max
 (George Miller) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1979. 88 min.
Girlfriend from Hell
 (Daniel M. Peterson). Details. Digital projection. 1989. 107 min.

Ongoing

The Miners’ Hymns (Bill Morrison) at Film ForumDetails. Plus additional shorts. 2011. 85 min. 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
The Dish and the Spoon (Alison Bagnall) at reRun. Details. Bagnall in attendance. HD. 2011. 92 min. 7:00 pm.

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