Saturday, February 25

Story of a Three Day Pass at 92Y

What’s Showing Today? Saturday, February 25
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Featured Screening: Melvin Van Peebles’ Story of a Three Day Pass at 92YTribeca

Legendary independent filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles is in attendance at 92YTribeca for a rare 35mm screening of his debut feature, The Story of a Three Day Pass. Preceding his seminal third feature Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song by four years, Van Peebles grew frustrated with his inability to fund a film through Hollywood and decided to have a go of it in France with the story of an American soldier wandering through Paris. Heavily influenced by the new wave, it’s an impossibly cool film with a swinging score by Van Peebles and Mickey Baker. Van Peebles still plays regularly with his band Laxative (“they make shit happen and get shit done”), who will perform afterwards. Film only (7:00 pm) is $12, movie and band $22.

Kings County Cinema Society concludes its roaming Black History Month series with a just-announced 5:00 pm screening of The Spook Who Sat By the Door at Spectacle Theater. Directed by Ivan Dixon, best known as a performer in Hogan’s Heroes, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is noted as being one of the most radical, politically-savvy and shocking blaxploitation movies to emerge from the early 1970s in the wake of Sweet Sweetback. Lawrence Cook plays a man begrudgingly admitted to the C.I.A. due to an affirmative action initiative who parlays his training among black militant revolutionaries in Chicago. It had been difficult to see for a long time widely believed due to United Artists’s concerns about the actual efficacy of its incitement to revolution. Per Jonathan Rosenbaum: “corrosively ironic and often exciting, this adaptation by Sam Greenlee of his own novel … remains one of the great missing (or at least unwritten) chapters in black political filmmaking.” Score is provided by Herbie Hancock. Admission is $5—view a trailer here.

Today is another screening of The Great Northwest, Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick‘s experimental travelogue by way of following a found scrapbook made by several Seattle women during their own travels in the early 20th century. That’s at MoMA.

Work by Richard Serra, Robert Bell and Joan Jonas is on view in a single program at Anthology Film Archives. Prisoner’s Dilemma and Jonas’ sci-fi video Double Lunar Dogs include Wooster Group members and cohorts including Spalding Gray (who is featured in both videos), Richard Schechner, Kathryn Bigelow, Leo Castelli and Bruce Boice.

The a selection of the recent Best of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, one renowned for its tendencies toward experimental and non-fiction filmmaking, is on view at UnionDocs tonight.

Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade inform Jan Svankmajer‘s 2005 Lunacy, a macabre, mostly live action “philosophical horror film” that plays Museum of the Moving Image at 6:00 pm.


From the Pen of: John Sayles at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Hombre (Martin Ritt). Details. 35mm. 1967. 111 min. 2:15 pm.
  • Norma Rae (Martin Ritt). Details. 35mm. 1979. 110 min. 4:45 pm.
  • Piranha (Joe Dante). Details. 35mm. 1978. 94 min.7:15 pm.
  • Alligator (Lewis Teague). Details. 35mm. 1980. 91 min. 9:30 pm.

The Wooster Group at Large at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Prisoner’s Dilemma (Richard Serra & Robert Bell) with Double Lunar Dogs (Joan Jonas). Details. Video. 1974/1984. 64 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Loveless (Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery). Details. 35mm. 1982. 82 min. 6:00 pm.

10th new York Korean Film Festival at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Servant (Kim Dae-woo). Details. 2010. 124 min. 6:50 pm.
  • Quick (Cho Beom-goo). Details. 2011. 115 min. 9:30 pm.

William Wellman at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1

  • The Star WitnessDetails. 35mm. 1931. 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 pm.
  • The Public EnemyDetails. 35mm. 1931. 2:50, 5:50 and 8:50 pm.

Film Comment Selects 2012 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • A Stoker (Alexei Balabanov). Details. Digital. 2010. 83 min. 5:30 pm.
  • Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan). Details. 35mm. 2011. 150 min. 7:15 pm.
  • Silent House (Laura Lau & Chris Kentis). Details. 2011. 86 min. 10:45 pm.

Documentary Fortnight 2012 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Paper Tiger Television 2 (of 3): Reading the Newspaper and Reality TelevisionDetails. 3:00 pm.
  • The Great Northwest (Matt McCormick). Details. 2012. 70 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Paper Tiger Television 3 (of 3): Reading Sock Ads and Television News War CoverageDetails. 6:00 pm.
  • The Average of Average (Michael Madsen). Details. 2011. 50 min. 8:00 pm.

The Films of Jan Svankmajer at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Conspirators of PleasureDetails. 1996. 75 min. 3:00 pm.
  • LunacyDetails. 2005. 123 min. 6:00 pm.

Anti-Valentines at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • A Swedish Love Story (Roy Andersson). Details. 1970. 115 min. 9:30 pm.

The Story of a Three Day Pass (Melvin Van Peebles) at 92YTribecaDetails. Van Peebles in attendance. Followed by a live musical performance for additional admission cost. 35mm. 1968. 87 min. 7:00 pm.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
 at 92YTribecaDetails. 35mm. 1992. 135 min. 9:30 pm.
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Ken Kobland Program 2 at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 1996-2011. 94 min. 8:00 pm.
When Africa Called… Cuba Answered (Benjamin Ramos Rosado & Michael Tarif Warren) at Brecht Forum. Details. Panel discussion. 7:00 pm.
Lorna’s Silence (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) at IFC CenterDetails. 2008. 105 min. 11:00 am.
E Richard’s Wide World of Color at Maysles CinemaDetails. 3:00 pm.
Fuzz’d Up Film Series: The Last (Fuzzy) Starfighter at Maysles CinemaDetails. 9:00 pm.
Birth of a Nation (Jonas Mekas) at Microscope Gallery. Details. 16mm. 1997. 85 min. 7:00 pm.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Marie Losier) at Museum of the Moving ImageDetails. Losier in attendance. 2011. 65 min. 4:00 pm.
The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1984. 102 min. Noon.
The Spook Who Sat By the Door (Ivan Dixon) at Spectacle TheaterDetails. Digital. 1973. 102 min. 5:00 pm.
Genuine Fractals scores experimental shorts at Spectacle Theater. Details. 7:30 pm.
Best Shorts from the Ann Arbor Film Festival at UnionDocsDetails. Work by Braden King, Michaela Müller, Mati Diop, Chema García Ibarra, Kei Oyama, Simon Payne & Michael Robinson. 94 min. 7:30 pm.


Jaws (Steven Spielberg) at IFC CenterDetails. 1975. 124 min. 11:15 pm.
They Live (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. 11:35 pm.
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1986. 99 min.
Cruising (William Friedkin) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 1980. 102 min.
A Clockwork Orange
 (Stanley Kubrick) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1971. 136 min.
Tammy & The T. Rex (Stewart Raffill) at Spectacle TheaterDetails. 1994. 82 min.


Michael (Markus Schleinzer) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 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 Return (Liza Johnson) at MoMADetails. 2011. 98 min. 1:00 pm.



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