Wednesday, May 18


What’s Showing Today? | Wednesday, May 18
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Greg Eggebeen of The Spectacle Theater has done a great thing and assembled an elite team of today’s brightest young models who love the socially and aesthetically progressive documentary film to come out and discuss Frederick Wiseman‘s Models tonight. Panelists include Sophie Ward, Sara Ziff, Dana Drori and Jezebel’s Jenna Sauers. In addition to their work on the runway, all are known for their insightful and revealing perspectives on the industry. Ziff’s documentary Picture Me is renowned for its candid portrayals of her peers and unflinching sensitivity to sexual and gender politics. Drori is a columnist for Black Book. And Sauers is Jezebel’s infamous Tatiana The Anonymous Model, who wrote about Models a while back. The piece is worth reading in full, especially for the remarks about how Wiseman caught the industry on the cusp of change. She also discusses how Wiseman’s signature vérité approach reflects her own experience as a professional model:

Wiseman’s camera follows young women at open calls, working models at castings and on the sets of editorials, runway shows, and catalogues, and, like all of his other documentaries, never does he intercede with any voice-over narration or staged interviews with the key players — it’s as if the whole thing unfolds before your eyes as it happened in real life. Of course, that’s an artistic choice, since the whole film is obviously the highly edited creation of an author, but the natural-seeming meandering narrative form has the added element of mimicking the way your career, and your life, goes when you’re a working model — never sure of its direction, prone to sudden changes of scene and strange new situations that become clearer only as they are directly experienced.

The program begins at 8 pm, and advance tickets are available. And it’s still $5.

MoMA‘s Euzhan Palcy retrospective begins tonight with her 1983 debut Sugar Cane Alley, a 1930s coming of age piece set in a shantytown in Martinique. Read Cinespect’s wonderfully thorough interview with Palcy here.

Norman Jewison‘s In the Heat of the Night starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates is at BAM. It was edited by Hal Ashby and shot by Haskell Wexler. May 25 FSLC begins their own Jewison retrospective.

Robert Allan Zimmerman was born May 24, 1941, and Film Forum marks the occasion with their Bob Dylan Turns 70 series, featuring D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back and Murray Lerner’s The Other Side of the Mirror. The former features Dylan acting spoiled and cagey while antagonizing journalists for doing their jobs. He also whines at Donovan for breaking a glass during a party in his suite at London’s Savoy Hotel. The later covers Dylan’s performances at Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, including the now-controversial electric set. Lerner is widely attributed as the source of reports the audience booed Dylan off the stage because they felt betrayed by his rock direction; most others say the sound quality was simply poor. To be fair, Lerner had a movie to promote (1967’s Festival!, featuring footage of the ’65 set). An obsessive superfan will no doubt ask him about this Friday night when Lerner appears at the 6:45 pm show of Mirror; Pennebaker gives a Q&A 8:30 pm Thursday night after Don’t Look Back. Personally, I plan to commemorate Dylan’s birthday in his original stomping ground, Greenwich Village, by downing a 96-oz plastic boot of Miller High Life at Thunder Jackson’s and performing a set of covers at Wicked Willy’s, the pirate-themed karaoke bar.



Ken Jacobs in 3Dimensions at Anthology Film Archives

  • Single Frame Slide Projection Paracinema Performance. 7 pm.
  • Program 8 featuring 12 Eternalism 3D Works 2006-2010. Video. 75 mins. 9 pm.

Bob Dylan’s 70th Birthday at Film Forum

  • Don’t Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker). 1967. 96 min. 1, 4:45, 8:30 pm.
  • The Other Side of the Mirror (Murray Lerner). 2007 (Filmed 1963-1965). 83 min. 3, 6:45, 10:20 pm.

Taiwan Stories: Classic and Contemporary Film from Taiwan at Film Society of Lincoln Center

  • Tears (Chen Wen-Tang). HDCam. 2009. 111 mins. 1:45, 6:15 pm.
  • Juliets (Chen Yu-Hsun, Hou Chi-Jan & Shen Ko-Shang). HDCam. 2010. 141106mins. 4 pm.
  • Story of a Mother (Song Cunshou). HDCam. 1972. 88 mins. 8:30 pm.

Paulinho da Viola – My Time is Now (Izabel Jaguaribe) at 92YTribeca. 2003. 83 min. 7 pm.
Newfilmmakers Presents Film School Series with the Digital Film Academy (Anthony Desiato, Michael Harkins & Zachary Raines) at Anthology Film Archives. Documentaries 6 pm, Digital Film Academy 7:45 pm, Feature 9:45 pm.
In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison) at BAMcinématek. Part of Movies by Hal Ashby series (edited by Ashby). 1967. 109 mins. 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 pm.
My Afternoons with Margueritte (Jean Becker) at fi:af. Sneak preview. 2010. 86 min. 7:30 pm.
Before They Die!: The True Story of the Survivors of the 1921 Tusla Race Riot and the Quest for Justice (EReggie Turner) at Maysles Cinema. Followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Olivia Hooker, Reggie Turner, Herb Boyd, Eric V. Tait Jr., and R. L’Heureux Lewis. 2008. 92 mins. 7:30 pm.The Maltese Falcon (John Huston) at MoMA. 1941. 100 mins. 1:30 pm.
Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) at MoMA. 1983. 103 mins. 7 pm.
Models Then and Now at The Spectacle Theater. 1980 film followed by a panel discussion with models Sophie Ward, Sara Ziff, Crystal Renn and Dana Drori in conversation with Jezebel’s Jenna Sauers.

OPENING Cao Fei “Play Time” at Lombard-Fried Projects, Chelsea. Closed Sunday/Monday. Through June 25. 6:30-8:30 pm.


City of Life and Death (Lu Chuan) at Film Forum. 2009. 135 mins. 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 pm.
3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves) at Film Forum. 35mm. 1957. 92 mins. 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 pm.

ANGELIKA Win Win, Hesher, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Last Night, Exporting Raymond, The First Grader CINEMA VILLAGE Potiche, Meek’s Cutoff, Make Believe, A Serbian Film, The Topp Twins IFC CENTER 13 Assassins, Beautiful Darling, Bill Cunningham New York, Blank City, Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D, L’amour fou, My Perestroika INDIESCREEN Sons of Perdition, Blank City LANDMARK SUNSHINE Everything Must Go, Forks Over Knives, The Double Hour, Incendies, Jane Eyre PARIS L’Amor Fou QUAD Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, How to Live Forever, Of Gods and Men ReRUN Vacation! VILLAGE EAST CINEMA Bill Cunningham New York, Water for Elephants, Hobo with a Shotgun, Bridesmaids, Skateland, The Big Bang





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