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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Servant (Kim Dae-woo). Details. 2010. 124 min. 6:50 pm.
- Quick (Cho Beom-goo). Details. 2011. 115 min. 9:30 pm.
- The Star Witness. Details. 35mm. 1931. 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 pm.
- The Public Enemy. Details. 35mm. 1931. 2:50, 5:50 and 8:50 pm.
- 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.
- Paper Tiger Television 2 (of 3): Reading the Newspaper and Reality Television. Details. 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 Coverage. Details. 6:00 pm.
- The Average of Average (Michael Madsen). Details. 2011. 50 min. 8:00 pm.
- A Swedish Love Story (Roy Andersson). Details. 1970. 115 min. 9:30 pm.
The Story of a Three Day Pass (Melvin Van Peebles) at 92YTribeca. Details. 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
92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 1992. 135 min. 9:30 pm.
Ken Kobland Program 2 at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 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 Center. Details. 2008. 105 min. 11:00 am.
E Richard’s Wide World of Color at Maysles Cinema. Details. 3:00 pm.
Fuzz’d Up Film Series: The Last (Fuzzy) Starfighter at Maysles Cinema. Details. 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 Image. Details. Losier in attendance. 2011. 65 min. 4:00 pm.
The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 1984. 102 min. Noon.
The Spook Who Sat By the Door (Ivan Dixon) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 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 UnionDocs. Details. 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 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.
Tammy & The T. Rex (Stewart Raffill) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 1994. 82 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. 1:00 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.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- 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.