What’s Showing Today? Thursday, February 23
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Featured Screening: Middletown introduced by Peter Davis at Spectacle Theater
Tonight acclaimed journalist and documentary filmmaker Peter Davis (Hearts and Minds, The Selling of the Pentagon, The Nation magazine’s U.S.-Iraq war coverage) heads to Spectacle Theater to screen and discuss the first two films of Middletown, a six-part series of potentially-standalone films offering up slices of American life in Muncie, Indiana.
Formed in 1976, the Middletown Film Project was conceived by Davis and three Ball State University professors to revisit Robert and Helen Lynd‘s Depression-era homespun anthropological studies in the Midwest. Davis has described it as “an attempt to search for continuity and change in American life, as embodied in the people, institutions and core values of a single community.” A team of directors was assembled to tackle six films on different aspects of life in Muncie that could illuminate the American character as a whole. Tonight’s films, The Campaign and The Big Game, get into the thick of a mayoral race and a heated basketball rivalry. Community of Praise, directed by Richard Leacock & Marisa Silver, portrays religious fundamentalism in a troubled family; Family Business, regarded as one of the best in the series, looks at a fun-loving local businessman’s personal and financial struggles to save his ailing pizza restaurant—both of those screen Thursday, March 1. March 8 is Davis’s own directorial entry, divorce chronicle Second Time Around, followed by the series’ most heralded and notorious entry, Seventeen. Still regarded as scandalous, the portrayal of Muncie’s teens was yanked from PBS broadcast and resurfaced on the festival circuit to garner shock and acclaim. Working in collaboration with the teenage subjects, the director’s receive startling intimacy for their fully-rendered, multi-faceted portrayal of young American life. Recently SF360 remarked, “One thing is for sure: Seventeen is without a doubt one of the greatest movies, perhaps the greatest, about teenage life (not to mention American life) ever made.”
Middletown screens two films-per-Thursday through March 8, and a $15 series passes are available. Otherwise, seats are $5 as always. Check out descriptions and trailers here.
Anthology Film Archives‘s tribute to screenwriter John Sayles begins today with The Candidate and The Howling, two savage visions alternately of the congressional political machine and bestial transmutation. Robert Redford stars in the former, a 1972 satire capturing the spirit of the ’68 campaign trail with fearless, documentary-style detail that remains startling (and occasionally obfuscating) to this day. (It’s unclear to me exactly what Sayles’s involvement was or why this is included in the series, but it’s pretty rad nonetheless. Note also the previously announced 35mm presentation will now be on video.) The Howling is an intensely gritty, satirical werewolf picture regarded as one of the genre’s best. The outstanding special effects are provided by Rob Bottin (The Thing).
Kings County Cinema Society continues to explore race on film with a Blaxploitation Triple Header at LaunchPad. Joanna White-Oldham of the Center for Active Learning will be on hand to present The Mack, Claude and Cleopatra Jones. All are FREE, BYOB with popcorn provided.
Bette Davis, in full-on psycho-biddy mode, stars in Hammer Studios’s 1965 production of The Nanny. That’s at Chelsea Clearview tonight at 7:00 and 9:30 pm. Tickets for the weekly Thursday evening Clearview Classics series are just $7.50, and the early show is introduced by drag queen Hedda Lettuce.
- The Howling (Joe Dante). Details. 1981. 91 min. 35mm. 7:00 pm.
- The Candidate (Michael Ritchie). Details. Video. 1972. 110 min. 9:00 pm.
- Three Places in Rhode Island & Future Real Moments 1. Details. 7:00 pm.
- The Road to Immortality. Details. 9:00 pm.
- Reaching for the Sun. Details. 35mm. 1941. 1:00, 4:45 and 8:30 pm.
- Men with Wings. Details. 35mm. 1938. 2:45, 6:30 and 10:15 pm.
- Despair (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Details. 1978. Digital. 121 min. 1:30 pm.
- Silent House (Laura Lau & Chris Kentis). Details. Q&A. 2011. 86 min. 4:00 pm.
- Headhunters (Morten Tyldum). Details. Digital. 2011. 101 min. 6:30 pm.
- Rebellion (Mathieu Kassovitz). Details. Digital. 136 min. 8:45 pm.
- Ukrainian Time Machine: Video Diary 2-1-2006 to the Present and Ukrainian Time Machine: Kalendar (Naomi Uman). Details. 2011/2008. 94 min. 1:30 pm.
- Wildness (Wu Tsang). Details. Q&A. 2012. 75 min. 4:00 pm.
- Argentinian Lesson (Wojciech Staron) and Dust (Angela Reginato). Details. 2011. 84 min. 4:30 pm.
- Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis (Roddy Bogawa). Details. 2011. 95 min. 8:00 pm.
- The Campaign (Tim Cohen). Introduced by Peter Davis. Details. 1982. 7:30 pm.
- The Big Game (E.J. Vaughn). Introduced by Peter Davis. Details. 1982. 9:30 pm.
Everybody Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (Chris Metzler & Lev Anderson) at 92YTribeca. Details. Metzler in attendance. HDCam. 2010. 107 min. 7:30 pm.
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish) at BAMcinématek. Details. 35mm. 2011. 88 min. 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
Story of Lover’s Rock (Menelik Shabazz) at The Brooklyn Museum. Details. 2011. 100 min. 7:00 pm.
The Nanny (Seth Holt) at Chelsea Clearview. Details. Early show introduced by drag queen Hedda Lettuce. 1965. 93 min. 7:00 and 9:30 pm.
Blaxploitation Triple-Header: The Mack (Michael Campus) Claudine (John Berry) and Cleopatra Jones (Jack Starett) at LaunchPad. Details. BYOB/popcorn provided. 110, 92 and 89 min. at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm respectively. FREE.
Michael (Markus Schleinzer) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
- Jem Cohen “NYC Weights and Measures” at The Jewish Museum New York, Upper East Side. $12 general/$10 seniors/$7.50 students/Free Saturdays. Through March 25.
- Sanja Iveković “Sweet Violence” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 26.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- The User: The New Auteur at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through March 4.
- 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.
Below listed North-South
- Catherine Yass “Lighthouse” at Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26 Street. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE “Addio del Passato” at James Cohan, 533 West 26 Street. Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 24.
- Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. Open Wed-Sun Noon – 7:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Pia Myrvold “Pia MYrvoLD: FLOW” at .NO. Closed Monday. Ends March 3.
- PS3* Pedro Sanchez3 “On the Outer Edge” at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Closed Mondays. Ends March 17.
- island6 “Sin City—Impressions of Shanghai” at Tallybeck Contemporary. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ends March 11.
- “The Herd Remorse” at Lesley Heller Workspace. Work by Maria Zervos, Alix Pearlstein, Perry Bard, Lenore Malen, Henry Hills & Julie Harrison. Curated by Lenore Malen. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ends March 4.
- “one and the other are another” at Ludlow 38. Work by Pierre Bismuth, Antonia Hirsch, Jonathan Monk, Hank Schmidt in der Beek and Ignacio Uriarte. Curated by Clara Meister. Open Thurs-Sun 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends March 18.
- Breyer P-Orridge “I’m Mortality” at Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway 10002. Open Tue-Fri 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Mounira Al Solh “Dinosaurs” at Art in General. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- Charles Atlas “The Illusion of Democracy” at Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.
- “We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op” at Microscope Gallery. Open Thurs-Mon 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends March 5.
- “Video Infusion: Music Videos in the New Millennium” at Secret Project Robot. Open Fri 6:00 pm to Mid/Sat. & Sun. 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Ends March 3.