What’s Showing Today? Friday, February 24
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Featured Screening: The Golden Boat at Anthology Film Archives
Tonight at Anthology Film Archives‘s tribute to storied experimental theater company The Wooster Group switches gears from a retrospective of their primary works to a selection of other, mostly low-budget narrative films featuring its members. Taken as a whole, The Wooster Group at Large is not only a wonderful display of the group’s considerable talents, but effectively a survey of New York City art-making and performance at a certain time and the collaboration on which they thrived.
This is well-evinced by the opening number, The Golden Boat, an unlikely debut (and perhaps sole) American feature of acclaimed Chilean maestro Raúl Ruiz. Orchestrated by future indie superproducer James Schamus, who reminisces about its production here, the film came together after Schamus’s filmmaking idol had taken a teaching position at Harvard and agreed to travel to New York to make a film on weekends if Schamus threw together the crew and funds. Written by Federico Muchnik, the “hilariously deapan, bload-soaked, surreal romp through the New York art world” involved the on-and-offscreen collaboration of The Wooster Group, The Kitchen, Squat Theatre, Michael Kirby, John Zorn, fellow future rockstar indie producer Christine Vachon and brief appearances by Blood and Guts in High School writer Kathy Acker (pictured above) and filmmakers Jim & Tom Jarmusch and Barbet Schroeder. The film is an odd bird, something like Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood reinterpreted through No Wave and Latin soap opera sensibilities. And though little seen, its significance as a film that both united various strands of experimental art and launched the careers of many NYC film legends continues to reverberate. As Schamus recalls, “Rúiz spent a very few days with us here in New York, and left us all inspired, bewildered, and more in love than ever with the possibilities that cinema could create, if we all worked together with mutual respect for each other and with a shared commitment to just jumping in and letting the film take us places we never really planned to go.”
Other can’t-miss series offerings include Monday’s Spalding Gray program featuring work by Bette Gordon, Bruce & Norman Yonemoto and Skip Blumberg; tomorrow’s Richard Serra & Robert Bell and Joan Jonas show; rarely-screened early features by Michael Oblowitz; and The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, the sole feature film by stage director Peter Sellars, which stars co-writers (brace yourself) Ron Vawter, Joan Cusak, Peter Gallagher and Mikhail Baryshnikov in a re-make of Dr. Caligari set on Wall Street and produced by David Lynch. …Only released in France!
John Sayles is in attendance for a 7:30 pm screening of 1989’s Breaking In, also at AFA.
Up at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Film Comment Selects pays tribute to the late Ken Russell with Altered States, a psychoactive sci-fi flick written by Network scribe Paddy Chayefsky and adapted from his sole novel.
Wim Wenders‘s American road movie Paris, Texas plays The Rubin Museum.
Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick‘s The Great Northwest screens tonight and tomorrow afternoon at MoMA. The film documents a 3,200-mile journey made in 1958 by four Seattle woman. Having discovered a scrapbook tracing their path, McCormick set out to recreate it. As the description has it, “simultaneously observational and voyeuristic, The Great Northwest is a lyrical time capsule that explores how the landscape and roadside culture of the Pacific Northwest has changed over the past half century.”
- Breaking In (Bill Forsyth). Details. Sayles in attendance. 35mm. 1989. 94 min. 7:30 pm.
- The Golden Boat (Raoul Ruiz). Details. 16mm. 1990. 83 min. 9:30 pm.
- Late Autumn (Kim Tae-yong). Details. 2010. 113 min. 6:50 pm.
- Hindsight (Lee Hyun-seung). Details. 2011. 120 min. 9:15 pm.
- Westward the Women. Details. 35mm. 1951. 1:00, 5:05 and 9:10 pm.
- Track of the Cat. Details. 35mm. 1954. 3:10 and 7:15 pm.
- Face to Face (Ingmar Bergman). Details. 1975. 126 min. 1:30 pm.
- Headhunters (Morten Tyldum). Details. Digital. 2011. 101 min. 4:15 pm.
- Target (Alexander Zeldovich). Details. 35mm. 2011. 158 min. 6:30 pm.
- Altered States (Ken Russell). Details. 35mm. 1980. 102 min. 9:30 pm.
- An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli). Details. Bluray. 1951. 113 min. 2:00 pm.
- El Field (Daniel Rosas). Details. 2011. 84 min. 1:30 pm.
- The Great Northwest (Matt McCormick). Details. 2012. 70 min. 4:00 pm.
- The Average of Average (Michael Madsen). Details. 2011. 50 min. 4:30 pm.
- Paper Tiger Television 1 (of 3): Designs For a Rrradical New Media. Details. 8:00 pm.
- Eden and After (Alain Robbe-Grillet). Details. 1970. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at All sold out! 92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 1992. 135 min. 7:30 and 11:00 pm.
Ken Kobland Program 1 at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 16mm & video. 1975-2003. 105 min. 7:00 pm.
Lorna’s Silence (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) at IFC Center. Details. 2008. 105 min. 11:00 am.
The Salt of Life (Gianni Di Gregorio) at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. 2011. 90 min. 7:00 pm.
Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Introduced by critic Don Shewey. 1984. 147 min. 9:30 pm.
Not Even the Past (Erik Jeijonborg) at Scandinavia House. Details. 2011. 6:00 pm.
Inni (Vincent Morriset) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 2011. 74 min. 9:30 pm.
From Gust to Hail: New England Experimental at UnionDocs. Details. Filmmakers Kathleen Rugh, Lily Sheng and Antonia Kuo and curators Luis Arnías and Matt McWilliams in attendance for discussion. Homemade Apple Cider will be served. 16mm & Super 8. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
Jaws (Steven Spielberg) at IFC Center. Details. 1975. 124 min. 11:15 pm.
They Live (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. 11:35 pm.
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1986. 99 min.
Cruising (William Friedkin) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1980. 102 min.
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 1971. 136 min.
Nice Girls Don’t Explode (Chuck Martinez) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 1987. 92 min.
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.
The Return (Liza Johnson) at MoMA. Details. 2011. 98 min. 7:00 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.