What’s Showing Today? Thursday, March 15
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Featured Screening: The World is Watching: Syrian Documentaries at Spectacle Theater
Today programmers Steve MacFarlane and Molly Fair inaugurate Spectacle Theater‘s participation with DOX BOX Global Day. Since 2007 Syria’s DOX BOX has offered the Middle East’s premiere showcase for non-fiction filmmaking with selections ranging from legendary Syrian filmmakers Omar Amiralay and Oussama Mohammad to a young crop of upcoming artists. This year, however, rather than seek government permission to hold the festival and in order to protest the governments killing and oppression of civilians they have sent this year’s program global for simultaneous screening in twenty venues spanning cities including Tangier, Vancouver, Khartoum, Edinburg, Leipzig, Cairo, Marrakech, Philadelphia and more.
As the organizers explain, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution, “all screening fees and theatrical rights have been waved for participants so that this global event can serve as a platform to engage audiences around the world and provide a nuanced perspective on this moment in Syrian history.” And further:
Thus, today, it is not the time or place to hold screenings of the world inside Syria. On the contrary, today is the time to put up screenings of Syria; globally. We want the world, through our technically-modest cinema, to see our people. We want the world to witness how poverty, oppression and isolation do not prevent humans from being spectacularly brave, stubborn and dignified. In a Global Day for Syria that we choose to take place precisely on the very evening of the “canceled” closing night of DOX BOX, which happens to coincide with the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution. A coincidence that we read not see as a random event, but rather as an intuition, confirming documentary cinema’s role as a mirror people’s lives and as an indicator of justice.
The full statement may be read here.
Today’s programming begins with a 7:30 pm screening of Everyday Life in a Syrian Village, Amiralay’s 1974 “unabashaed critique of the impact of the Syrian government’s agricultural land reforms.” Farmers, health workers, police officers and peasants address the camera. The 9:30 pm shorts program includes 2003 work by Amiralay offering a damning perspective of the ruling Baath party, Joude Gorani‘s chronicle of a journey along the entirety of the Barada river surrounding the capital city Damascus, and Oussama Mohammed’s 1978 Step By Step, a short documentary about child military inscription that I’m told is one of the harrowing highlights of the program. Spectacle’s DOX BOX programming continues tomorrow with two more shorts programs running at 7:30 and 9:30 pm.
Jerome Hiler appears alongside his longtime partner Nathaniel Dorsky for an evening of recent rarities at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Both artists are known for working in the recently-extinct Kodachrome 16mm stock creating transcendent, silent works exhibiting a stunning use of light and color nonpareil. So graceful and delicate is their sensitivity to light that each screening and the attendant ambient conditions and contexts provide the effect of a unique performance. Hiler’s Words of Mercury also screens daily through Sunday as part of the Whitney Biennial. And through March 22 FSLC presents FREE daily screenings of 2010’s Music Makes a City, a 2010 documentary by Hiler and edited by Dorsky chronicling the Louisville Orchestra of the 1940s and comprising lyrical footage of the Ohio River Valley. It’s narrated by Will Oldham.
And today marks the start of MoMA‘s Curel and Unusual Comedy Part 3: Selections from the Eye Film Institute, The Netherlands, comprising rarely seen, ribald comedies held by the storied film archive. Details are here.
- The Bloody Child. Details. 35mm. 1996. 86 min. 7:00 pm.
- Dissolution. Details. Video. 2010. 88 min. 9:00 pm.
Screen Loud at Anthology Film Archives
- Program 1. Details. Work by Nuno Portugal, Iona Uricaru, Juan de Dios Martil Atienza & Claudia Vásquez. 7:15 pm.
- Program 2. Details. Work by Iva Radivojevic, Cristina Escoda, Michele Catalano and Àlex Lora. 9:15 pm.
- The Deep Blue Sea. Details. Q&A with Davies, Rachel Weisz and Lisa Schwarzbaum. 35mm. 2012. 98 min. 7:00 pm.
- Khrustalyov, My Car!. Details. 35mm. 1998. 150 min. 1:30 pm.
- Twenty Days Without War. Details. 35mm. 1976. 101 min. 4:30 pm.
- The Seventh Companion (with Grigori Aronov). Details. 35mm. 1967. 89 min. 6:30 pm.
- Trial on the Road. Details. 35mm. 1971. 96 min. 8:30 pm.
- No Harm Done–Animals and Children. Details. 1912-1929. 80 min. 1:30 pm.
- Faustfilm: An Opera (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1987. 44 min. 3:00 pm.
- Mesnak (Yves Sioui Durand). Details. 2011. 96 min. 4:00 pm.
- I Am a Good Person, I Am a Bad Person (Ingrid Veninger). Details. 2011. 82 min. 6:30 pm.
- Café de Flore (Jean Marc Vallée). Details. 2011. 120 min. 7:00 pm.
- Sexual Misconduct. Details. Accompaniment by Yaeko Miranda, violin; Ben Model; Peter Bufano; and Mike Dobson. Introduced by Elif Rongen-Kaynakci. 1912. 52 min. 1:30 pm.
- Everyday Life in a Syrian Village (Omar Amiralay). Details. Digital. 1974. 85 min. 7:30 pm.
- A Flood in Baath Country (Omar Amiralay), Step By Step (Oussama Mohammed) and Before Vanishing (Joude Gorani). Details. Digital. 1969. 92 min. 9:30 pm.
- Jerome Hiler: Words of Mercury. Details. 16mm transferred to HD. 2011. 25 min. Every half hour from Noon to 5:00 pm.
A Quiet Inquisition (Alessandra Zeka & Holen S. Kahn) at 92YTribeca. Details. 7:00 pm.
Miss Representation (Jennifer Siebel Newsom) at The Brooklyn Museum. Details. 2011. 85 min. 7:00 pm.
Female on the Beach (Joseph Pevney) at Chelsea Clearview. Details. Early show introduced by drag queen Hedda Lettuce. 1955. 97 min. 7:00 and 9:30 pm.
In a Silent Way: Rarities by Jerome Hiler and Nathaniel Dorsky at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. 16mm. 1967-70/2005-2006/2012. 67 min. 8:15 pm.
Vigilante Vigilante (Max Good) at IFC Center. Details. 2012. 86 min. 8:00 pm.
CUNY Film Festival Faculty Doc Screening at Hunter College Ida K. Lang Recital Hall, 695 Park Ave. Details. 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Music Makes a City (Oswley Brown III & Jerome Hiler) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Digital. 2010. 103 min. 7:00 pm. FREE.
- Shumona Goel & Shai heredia “I am micro” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- 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 March.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March.
- 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.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends May 28.
- 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.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
Below listed North-South
- David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Notations: The Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41 Street. Open Tues-Sat 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends April 21.
- 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.
- “Happenings: New York, 1958-1963″ at The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 17.
- Mia Berg “Woman: Camera” at Gallery 151, 132 West 18 Street. Open Tues to Sun. Ends March 30.
- Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. Open Wed-Sun Noon – 7:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Oded Hirsch “Nothing New” at Thierry Goldberg, 103 Norfolk Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- Jenny Perlin “Funes” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- FG.Ft at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 8.
- PS3* Pedro Sanchez3 “On the Outer Edge” at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Closed Mondays. Ends March 17.
- “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.