Tuesday, September 13

What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, September 13
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Featured Screening: Attica at BAMcinématek

Today BAMcinématek presents Cinda Firestone’s Attica to commemorate the prison riots’s 40th anniversary. September 9, 1971, over 1,000 inmates of New York’s Attica Correctional Facility launched a rebellion and seized control of the prison, taking over 33 staff hostage. Over four days of negotiations prisoners unsuccessfully pleaded for more humane living conditions. Responding to a perceived increase in restlessness, on this day four decades ago Governor Rockefeller gave the New York State Police the O.K. to retake the prison by force. Of the nearly 40 deaths that resulted, the New York State Special Commission on Attica later wrote, “With the exception of Indian massacres in the late 19th century, the State Police assault which ended the four-day prison uprising was the bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War.”

Firestone’s 1974 film, restored in 2007, culls together primary footage from surveillance and news cameras along with prisoner, family and guard interviews to create an account of the massacre that has been described as temperate, but undeniably damning with respect to the state’s actions. As The New Yorker’s 1974 review describes it, “Cinda Firestone’s quiet picture uses horrifying film footage: shots taken through state troopers’ telescopic rifle lenses; musings by inmates which sometimes sputter into anger against a world that finds descriptions of Attica incredible; riot quellers insensibly proud of their skill with weapons, showing off their prowess before the commission of inquiry. … If Attica disturbed our slumber for a mere month or two, one of the qualities of this trumpet call of a film is that it makes the disturbance enduring.”

Tonight’s 6:50 screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Attica lawyer Elizabeth Fink including former inmate Carlos Roche, Attica lawyer and current New York State Supreme Court Judge Hon. Emily Jane Goodman, Attica observer David Rothenberg and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, also a lawyer on the first indictment of the Attica criminal case. Thursday BAM screens 2001’s Ghosts of Attica, followed by a panel discussion including its filmmaker along with Attica lawyers Fink and Michael Deutsch and former Attica guard Michael Smith. Fascinatingly—to me, at least—Wednesday is a sneak preview of Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, whose 2008 Bronson more or less glamorizes prison violence and rebellion.

Today

NYPD at Film Forum (2-for-1)

  • Cry of the City (William Wyler). 35mm. 1951. 103 min. 1:30, 5:15, 9 pm.
  • Detective Story (Robert Siodmak). 35mm. 1948. 95 min. 3:20, 7:05 pm.

Attica (Cinda Firestone) at BAMcinématek. 6:50 includes a panel discussion with Attica lawyers, family, etc. Digibeta. 1974. 80 min. 4:30, 6:50*, 9:30 pm.
I am < fishead( (Misha Votruba & Vaclav Dejcmar) at Bohemian National Hall. 2011. 80 min. 7 pm.
Ten Years of Terror (Brad Evans & Simon Critchley) at The Guggenheim Museum. Evans and Critchley in attendance. HD. 2011. 70 min. 11 am.
Celebrating a Masterpiece: Kind of Blue (Chris Lenz) at Maysles Cinema. Followed by short, key performance clips from Miles Davis. 2008. 55 min. 7 pm.
Ginevra’s Story (Christopher Strong) at The Metropolitan Museum. 57 min. 2 pm. FREE with pay-what-you-wish museum admission.
Secret Cinema at Spectacle Theater. Secret. 8 pm.

Ongoing

The Inheritors (Eugenio Polgovsky) at Anthology Film Archives. 35mm. 2008. 90 min. 7:15 & 9:15 pm.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Joann Sfar) at Film Forum. 2010. 122 min. 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm.
Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard) at Film Forum. 35mm. 1964. 95 min. 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm.

Galleries

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Chelsea

  • Crazy Lady” at Schroeder, Romero & Shredder. Curated by Jane Harris. Featuring work by Robert Beck, Lizzi Bougatsos, Breyer P-Orridge, Kathe Burkhart, Daniella Dooling, Lisa Levy and Stephanie Snider. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends October 8.
  • “The Pleasure of Slowness” at Bertrand Delacroix. Featuring work by Marina Abramovíc, Walead Beshty, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Joseph Cornell, Quisqueya Henriquez, Nancy Hwang, Nikki Lee, Wangechi Mutu, Elaine Tin Nyo, Roxy Paine, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Miho Suzuki. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends October 8.
  • “La Carte D’Après Nature” curated by Thomas Demand at Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 W 22 Street. Includes films by Tacita Dean, Ger van Elk and Rodney Graham. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends October 8.
  • Bruce Conner “Falling Leaves: An Anonymous Memorial” at Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21 Street. Closed Saturday/Sunday. Ends September 24.

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