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Films to See in New York City This Week - December 3-December 10

December 3, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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New York has a vibrant repertory film scene, with classic movie houses like Film Forum joined by newer venues like Metrograph, Videology, and Nitehawk Cinema. You can also find movie specials, premieres, and simulcasts like the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD listed in City Guide?s film calendar section.

Reel Smart: Die Hard - Caveat
December 03, 2017 - New York

Featuring Nate Charles and Steve Osborne (of The Moth) Join Nate Charles for Reel Smart, as he explores the explosive "documentary" Die Hard -- a gritty look at an average day in the life of a New York City policeman. Nate Charles, along with Steve Osborne (author and Moth regular), will explore the explosive documentary 'Die Hard' - a gritty look at an average day in the life of a New York City policeman. Throughout this hard-hitting documentary, NYC policeman John McClane attempts to juggle his responsibilities as a father and husband with his responsibilities at work (law enforcement, justice, terrorists taking over an entire building) . Join Nate as we peel back the curtain and take a look at the realities of being a big-apple cop. Yippie ki-yay, motherfuckers.

The Muppet Christmas Carol - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 03, 2017 - New York

Director: Brian Henson (1992, 85 minutes) Gonzo the Great plays Charles Dickens, who narrates the story of a miser (Michael Caine) who is visited by three spirits and countless Muppets in this very merry adaptation of the book. Enjoy before or during the Winter Family Fair.

El. 1953. Directed by Luis Buñuel - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
December 03, 2017 - New York

El. 1953. Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Based on the novel by Mercedes Pinto. With Arturo de Córdova, Delia Garcés, Carlos Martinez Baena. 35mm. 82 min. In the spring of 1980, Bikini Girl zine editor and practicing dominatrix Lisa Baumgardner screened this study of male sexual paranoia as part of a program titled Film Mania!, along with "slave films" and "s/m loops." Bunuel's surrealistic perspective turns what might have been a standard romantic melodrama of jealousy into a critique of love and religious faith. Its US release title, This Strange Passion, neatly sums up its charm for cynical Club 57 filmgoers set on exploring their fetishes and alternative identities.

Perfect Crime - The Theater Center
December 03, 2017 - New York

The perfect show for Law & Order, Sherlock, and CSI fans, Perfect Crime is a funny, romantic thriller about a psychiatrist who seems to have killed her rich husband (until he shows up very much alive); the detective who is trying to solve the supposed murder while falling in love with the primary suspect; and the psychiatrist's charming but crazy patient who seems to have killed a few people himself. There are Gone Girl and Agatha Christie-like twists and turns in the plot and there's an "answer key" for audience members to review after the show if they are still trying to figure out what happened and how.

Describe the Night - Atlantic Acting School
December 03, 2017 - New York

Written by RAJIV JOSEPH Directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI This Performance is available to Package Holders Only!

16th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival - SVA Theatre
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

The American Turkish Society will present the 16th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival from Thursday, November 30th – Sunday, December 3rd at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. The festival will kick off with multi-award winning film including Best Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Cold of Kalandar. Sponsored by the Turkey-America Business Council (TAIK) and RAMERICA, the festival lineup will highlight seven other films including Sleep of Love, My Father’s Wings, short films Little Bullets and The Exhibit, Frenzy and Blue. In addition, for the first time the festival will screen a movie in the horror category entitled Housewife, which recently received acclaim from its participation in the second annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. A selection of special post-screening Q&A's will be held after the screenings with some of films' actors and directors. The New York Turkish Film Festival will conclude on Sunday, December 3rd with the screening of Blue, which will be followed by a special live musical performance by White Cheese with select songs that were written and produced by Kerim Capliand Yavuz Cetin. Founded in 1949 by a group of visionaries, The American ... (read more)

Attack of the Slipper Room Movie Mondays! - The Slipper Room
December 04, 2017 - New York

ATTACK OF THE SLIPPER ROOM'S MOVIE MONDAYS! Our new monthly movie night, featuring film and video works by artists we love. October 2nd features... A brand new music video from the Stilette-Hoes, directed by Ellen Stagg. New music and video by the prolific Velvet Crayon. "Glamour Puss - How to Keep Your Man Happy," and "Clown Flip Book" - two timeless shorts by Mr. Means. "Circus," a short noir film by Adrian Buckmaster. Photographic slide show with images from Ellen Stagg's "Dirty Girl Collection." Free admission, free popcorn.

Right Before I Go - The Town Hall
December 04, 2017 - New York

FROM THE WRITER OF GILMORE GIRLS, ROSEANNE, AND GOLDEN GIRLS comes The NYC premiere of the new play, RIGHT BEFORE I GO. Stars of Hollywood and Broadway unite for a one-night-only benefit at NYC's Town Hall on Thursday, December 4, 2017with the New York premiere play RIGHT BEFORE I GO written by Stan Zimmerman (Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, The Golden Girls) and directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful, Gore Vidal's The Best Man). The evening raises funds and awareness for suicide prevention. RIGHT BEFORE I GO brings to life the last words of those lost to suicide including the heartsick, bullied, survivors of war, mentally ill and the achingly lonely. This poignant, deeply moving, and often humorous evening, aims to provide a sense of understanding and hope for the living. "POWERFUL! DEEPLY MOVING!"– Stage Scene LA; "BRAVO TO MR. ZIMMERMAN FOR THIS HEARTFELT PIECE OF THEATRE!"– The Broadway Radio Show; "THIS PIECE SHOULD BE HEARD!"– ShowMag.com Cast includes two-time Emmy, Tony Award-winner JUDITH LIGHT, multiple Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award nominee VANESSA WILLIAMS, Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning actress ELLEN BURSTYN, Tony Award-winner ELIZABETH ASHLEY, stage and sc... (read more)

Vita Activa - Museum of Jewish Heritage
December 04, 2017 - New York

(2015, 132 min., Blu-ray, German, English, and Hebrew) An intimate portrait of Hannah Arendt's life, Vita Activa features an abundance of archival materials and takes us to the places Arendt lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed. Presented in conjunction with Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Free with Museum admission; advance registration recommended

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Presents: Kaleidoscope - Videology Bar and Cinema
December 04, 2017 - Brooklyn

The first Monday of each month, we're teaming up with Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and IFC Midnight for screenings of upcoming horror films. Our December pick: KALEIDOSCOPE. This intense, twisty thriller unfolds in the darkest corners of a man's mind. Recently released from prison, mild-mannered Carl (Toby Jones) quietly attempts to move on with his life. Just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years, Carl's fresh start is shattered by the sudden reappearance of his domineering mother (Anne Reid), whose presence awakens within him a deep-seated trauma. What unfolds is a brain-warping puzzle as reality and illusion, past and present collide and explode in violence. The debut feature from Rupert Jones is a provocative psychological mystery that asks: is it possible to escape our past? Dir. Rupert Jones. 100 min. Stick around after the film! Redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink!

Make Media that Matters at MNN! - El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center
December 05, 2017 - New York

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is a public access television network and media education center offering hyperlocal programming and low-cost media production courses to Manhattan residents at our 59th Street Studios and El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center in East Harlem. Register for one of our free orientations to learn about the classes, workshops and events we offer.

Elusive Justice - Museum of Jewish Heritage
December 06, 2017 - New York

(2011, 116 min., Blu-ray, English, Spanish, Hebrew, German) An unprecedented examination of the more than six-decade global hunt for some of the 20th century's most infamous war criminals. The film features portraits of the Nazi hunters and the nations and institutions that helped bring war criminals to justice—or helped them escape. Presented in conjunction with Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Free with Museum admission; advance registration recommended

Aprenda Cómo Usted Puede Hacer Su Propio Programa de Televisión - MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center
December 06, 2017 - New York

Regístrese en una sesión de orientación, donde usted aprenderá cómo puede convertirse en un productor certificado con MNN y como tener su propio programa de televisión en nuestra red de canales. Visite www.mnn.org/orientation para más información.

Wylie Dufresne and wd~50 - 92nd Street Y
December 06, 2017 - New York

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns joins Annette Insdorf for a special event celebrating their new projects: Burns' book tie-in to his remarkable PBS series, The Vietnam War, and Insdorf's latest study, Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. Join them for a masterclass in moviemaking, including clips from their favorite films, followed by a book signing.

Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La BergèRe Des Glaces) - The Rubin Museum
December 06, 2017 - New York

Way up in Ladakh—at 16,500 feet, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley—lives a shepherdess on an isolated, rock-strewn mountain. Her flock of 250 sheep and goats are her only companions, except for the troubling presence of wolves and a snow leopard; her only link with the outside world is a little transistor radio. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of a disappearing way of life—one marked by challenges and isolation, but also beauty and spiritual grace.

Menashe - Baruch Performing Arts Center
December 06, 2017 - New York

Filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein filmed his feature with Yiddish speaking nonprofessional actors in Brooklyn who are members of the Hasidic Jewish community, many of whom are reluctant to participate in such endeavors. The film focuses on the real man, Menashe Lustig and is a comedy loosely based on his life. Lustig is a store clerk in the film who is going against traditional norms in Hasidic society in trying to regain custody of his son following the death of his wife. Since Hasidic society does not permit household with children to lack a mother, his son is forced to reside in the home of his deceased wife’s family members until he remarries. Themes of family, tradition, and community are intertwined in this Yiddish language film.

Loves of Ondine. 1968. Directed by Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
December 06, 2017 - New York

Loves of Ondine. 1968. USA. Directed by Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol. With Ondine (Robert Olivo), Brigid Berlin, Joe Dellesandro. 86 min. Andy Warhol was "godfather" to the downtown scene that Club 57 members strived to emulate, and although he failed to appear at their events in person, his films were shown often. His star, Ondine, was a club semi-regular: playing closeted actor Raymond Burr in a Bill Landis stage play, hosting a gay benefit event, and introducing screenings of the master's work. In this one, Ondine plays a wannabee heterosexual attempting to change his queer orientation.

Winterreise Nights Festival: We Breathe Again, Live Score - National Sawdust
December 06, 2017 - Brooklyn

After her win over Drake and Arcade Fire for Canada's Polaris Music Prize and subsequent collaboration with Björk, Tanya Tagaq is one of the world's most renowned throat-singers and First Nations advocates. Tagaq teams up with fellow Winterreise Nights curator Jeffrey Zeigler and a cast of other all-star musicians to perform the captivating live scoring of We Breathe Again. The film's soundtrack is composed by no other than Paola Prestini, composer and Artistic Director of National Sawdust. Prestini is hailed for her "ability to evoke sheer vastness" (LA Times) while "pushing the boundaries of classical music" (Wall Street Journal), and pours her talents into a sweeping score, evoking drama, suffering, and ultimately, hope. We Breathe Again is a film exploring the lives of five Alaska Natives and working to overcome the impacts of inter-generational trauma and suicide and recently premiered on PBS's "America Reframed." Music will be led by Inuk vocalist Tanya Tagaq, and will also include cello, guitar, vocals, violin, piano, and percussions, performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, Cornelius Dufallo, David Cossin, Gyan Riley, and Paola Prestini. The film is written by the team of ... (read more)

Style on the Orient Express - The Shops at Columbus Circle
Through December 06, 2017 - New York

The secret is out! Links of London is the Official Jewelry Partner for 20th Century Fox's highly anticipated new release, Murder on the Orient Express. For 25 years, Links of London has been designing exquisite jewellery and statement watches that celebrate the love, wit and spirit of Smart British style around the world.

The Rapture - Nitehawk Cinema
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

Director: Michael Tolkin Starring: David Duchovny, Mimi Rogers, Patrick Bauchau THE DEUCE will make Believers out of you in December, as we conclude 2017 with the ultimate end-of-the-year, End of the World blow-out THE RAPTURE! Bored with mind-numbing work and bed-hopping swinger's sessions, telephone information operator Mimi Rogers becomes a Born Again with mulleted ex-sex-partner David Duchovny – and begins a toxic relationship… with God! He's such a jerk!! A seriously demented and brazenly bonkers investigation of fathomless faith that goes for broke; adventurous and uncompromising beautiful and bewildering! Straight off the Oscar high-ride from his screenplay for The Player – Michael Tolkin's directorial debut does everything but play it safe. Heady, spacey, rigorously one-of-a-kind – THE RAPTURE is jaw-dropping End of Times entertainment!

Blood Simple. 1984. Directed by Joel Coen - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
December 07, 2017 - New York

Blood Simple. 1984. USA. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. With Frances McDormand, John Getz, Dan Hedaya. 35mm. 99 min. Greed. Lust. Blood. The perfect ingredients for a film with a most diabolical plot. Julian is a scuzzy Texas barkeep who hires a hitman to kill his wife Abby and her lover Ray—who also happens to be one of Julian's bartenders. It sounds like a straightforward equation, but in a Coen brothers movie nothing is ever simple. The first feature directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen, Blood Simple is a dark comedy with horror film piquancy. This 35mm print reflects the original release version.

The Big Combo. 1955. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
December 07, 2017 - New York

The Big Combo. 1955. USA. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. With Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy. 84 min. Among the young filmmakers who frequented Club 57, Steve Brown was also an active programmer with a particular interest in the work of macho auteurs like Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray and noir directors such as Lewis. A detective's obsession with bringing down a powerful gangster leads to his infatuation with the thug's moll and, predictably, a number of murders. The homosexual subtext that frequently colored the genre surfaces here in the relationship between a pair of gunsels named Fante and Mingo.

Turn It On Film Series: Petition - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

This long-form documentary in three acts begins in 1996 and ends with the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The first act depicts the difficulties facing petitioners at the Beijing South Railway Station Petition Office and the contradictory nature of the petition system; the second act focuses on a mother and daughter as they undertake the petition process from 1996 to 2008, illustrating how the system brings suffering and tragedy to their lives; and the third act follows petitioners living near the Beijing South Railway Station as they face forced eviction and the demolition of their homes to ensure smooth operations of the Olympic Games.

Raising Arizona. 1987. Directed by Joel Coen - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
December 08, 2017 - New York

Raising Arizona. 1987. USA. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. With Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson. 35mm. 94 min. H.I. McDunnough, a crook who knocks over convenience stores, and Ed, the cop who takes his mug shot, fall in love during the fingerprinting process. The couple gets married when H.I. gets out of prison, only to discover they are unable to have children. But H.I. always has a scheme cooking in his head, and Nathan Arizona, Sr., a local furniture mogul with a bombastic personality and cut-rate television commercials, just had quintuplets. Would the Arizonas even miss one baby?

A Man for All Seasons (1966) - New York Historical Society
December 08, 2017 - New York

Justice in Film Join us for the New-York Historical Society's film series, featuring opening remarks by notable filmmakers, writers, legal scholars, and historians. Explore how film has tackled social strife, morality, and the perennial struggle between right and wrong—conflicts that manifest across cultures and history. A Man for All Seasons (1966) This Academy Award-winning biographical drama follows the story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to annul King Henry VIII's marriage. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Starring Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw. 120 min. REMARKS Samuel Alito was nominated as Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, by President George W. Bush and took his seat on January 31, 2006. Philip C. Bobbitt is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia University. TICKETS Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical's Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6–8 pm). No advance reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society Members receive priority. LOCATION The Robert H. Smith Audito... (read more)

A Christmas Carol - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst ? (1951, 86 minutes) This classic adaption of Charles Dickens's beloved novel follows the stingy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Victorian London. Scrooge is given one last chance to change his ways and learn the meaning of Christmas to save himself from the grim fate that befell his unfortunate business partner Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern).

Dancer in the Dark - The Rubin Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

2000, Lars von Trier, Denmark, 141 min. Selected and introduced by filmmaker and author David Barclay Moore. Björk plays a Czech-immigrant factory worker in rural America who is slowly going blind due to a hereditary disease. She escapes her despair by delving into a fantasy world of movie musicals. Why did you select Dancer in the Dark for the Cabaret Cinema: Soundtrack series? "Icelandic performer Björk's Dancer in The Dark (2000), directed by Lars von Trier, is a hopeless, yet beautiful nihilistic musical. Set in 1964 Washington State, the film tells the story of an impoverished immigrant factory worker who is saving money to prevent her son from being afflicted with the same degenerative eye disorder that is robbing her of her own sight. Dancer in the Dark is as bold as it is moving, with an eclectic soundtrack that lingers. " —David Barclay Moore About Cabaret Cinema: Soundtrack You can probably name the best movie you've seen, but what about the best movie you've heard? It might be your favorite because of its sound effects, sound engineering, score, or another element of the audio experience. Watch—and hear—a series of films that caught the ear of notable N... (read more)

Juno - Pete's Candy Store
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Irish Arts Center
December 09, 2017 - New York

The Secret of Kells 2010 Academy Award-Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film Directed by Tomm Moore 2009, 75 minutes Presented in association with Museum of the Moving Image Irish Arts Center teams up with Museum of the Moving Image for a special edition of our Saturday Morning Cartoons, when we revisit the mesmerizing Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon studio. With the Viking hordes approaching, the future of the Book of Kells is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan, young nephew of the abbot Cellach, to save the day. This one-off screening on special edition 35mm print will also include a pre-show Irish dance lesson and post-show animation workshop with museum teaching artists.

The Secret of Kells - Museum of the Moving Image
December 09, 2017 - Astoria

The Secret of Kells 2010 Academy Award-Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film Directed by Tomm Moore 2009, 75 minutes Presented in association with Museum of the Moving Image Irish Arts Center teams up with Museum of the Moving Image for a special edition of our Saturday Morning Cartoons, when we revisit the mesmerizing Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon studio. With the Viking hordes approaching, the future of the Book of Kells is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan, young nephew of the abbot Cellach, to save the day. This one-off screening on special edition 35mm print will also include a pre-show Irish dance lesson and post-show animation workshop with museum teaching artists.

Turn It On Film Series: Jiabiangou Elegy: Life and Death of the Rightists - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 09, 2017 - New York

Jiabiangou Elegy recounts the persecution of inmates at the Jiabiangou labor camp in Jiuquan, Gansu province, and examines the way the victims' final affairs were handled. During the Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957–59, over three thousand people were sent to Jiabiangou for re-education through labor. These people were labeled rightists, counterrevolutionaries, and anti-party dissidents. Over a three-year period, more than two thousand died from abuse and hunger; only a few hundred were rescued in the end. The film includes interviews with the few remaining Jiabiangou survivors and their children, and presents the conflict between the preservation and destruction of memory.

The Big Combo. 1955. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
December 09, 2017 - New York

The Big Combo. 1955. USA. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. With Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy. 84 min. Among the young filmmakers who frequented Club 57, Steve Brown was also an active programmer with a particular interest in the work of macho auteurs like Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray and noir directors such as Lewis. A detective's obsession with bringing down a powerful gangster leads to his infatuation with the thug's moll and, predictably, a number of murders. The homosexual subtext that frequently colored the genre surfaces here in the relationship between a pair of gunsels named Fante and Mingo.

First Draft Film Premiere W/ Lolita, Someone in a Tree and P.B. Lob - Irving Plaza
December 09, 2017 - New york

Screening of the film First Draft by Edward Charrette, with Live performances from artists on the sound track (Lolita, Someone In A Tree), as well as a photo art gallery celebrating subtext in pictures. Also featuring "Book Swap" where you are invited to bring your favorite book to swap with a stranger.

The 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival - School of Visual Arts Theatre
December 09, 2017 - NY

The 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival™ is a medley of short films – documentary and narrative - that honor the mysterious felines, who have fascinated mankind for centuries and continue to enchant us.

Describe the Night - Atlantic Acting School
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Written by RAJIV JOSEPH Directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI This Performance is available to Package Holders Only!

A John Waters Christmas - City Winery
December 10, 2017 - New York

Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker ("Female Trouble", "Hairspray", "Serial Mom"), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas". This rapid-fire "trigger warning" for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, "Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?", "Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?", "Has Santa ever been nude?", and, most importantly, "Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?" Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they're false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time. Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of "Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child" and his hatred for email Christmas cards, The Easter Bunny, and any kind of ho... (read more)

Describe the Night - Atlantic Acting School
December 10, 2017 - New York

Written by RAJIV JOSEPH Directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI This Performance is available to Package Holders Only!

Describe the Night - Atlantic Acting School
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Written by RAJIV JOSEPH Directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI This Performance is available to Package Holders Only!

Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017 - Guggenheim Museum
Through December 16, 2017 - New York

Cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen, this series presents 20 independent documentaries by China’s most daring artists and filmmakers investigating the political, social, economic, and cultural conditions of contemporary China. This 10-week festival encompasses twice-weekly daytime screenings and three featured evening events, and is presented concurrently with the exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, on view October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018. Daytime screenings take place in the New Media Theater and are free with museum admission. Evening screenings at 6:30 pm include a Q&A session with filmmakers and require a ticket. $20, $15 members, $10 students. For the full schedule, visit https://www.guggenheim.org/event/event_series/turn-it-on-china-on-film

La Cinémathèque Film Club: Women Film Directors - SOPAC
Through December 17, 2017 - South Orange

Explore the origins of modern film, discover influential filmmakers, and discuss the styles and philosophical messages of the films when you become a Film Club Member. La Cinémathèque Film Club screenings feature classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the Loft at SOPAC. Film Club Members are provided with introductions to each of the films and invited to stay for engaging post-screening discussions. La Cinémathèque is curated and hosted by educator, artist, and filmmaker Gerard Amsellem. Important: Film Club Memberships are available for sale in advance of a series and through the second film screening in a series as the discussions around each film build upon prior events.

It's a Wonderful Life - Irish Repertory Theater
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Christmas Eve, 1946… George Bailey, the nicest guy in town, is in a terrible predicament. We find him perched precariously on a bridge, on the verge of jumping. Enter Clarence, George's guardian angel, who has not yet earned his wings. Clarence shows George what Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born! This beloved holiday-season drama is brought vividly to life in a stage adaptation of Frank Capra's classic film of sacrifice and redemption in small-town America. Set in a radio station in the 1940s, with a live sound FX artist, this poignant drama features six actors portraying 25 unforgettable characters.

Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - Prospect Heights

At particular moments in history, artists use their artwork to reveal social, cultural, and political complexities, responding to the times in which they live. Bringing together the work of three innovative chroniclers, Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo offers insight into the energy, empathy, and creativity with which these artists recounted and reimagined their realities. Together spanning four centuries and three continents, Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828), Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), and contemporary American artist Robert Longo (born 1953) each witnessed a turbulent transition from one era to another and the profound repercussions of revolution, war, and civil unrest. Within a broad chronological framework, Proof traces the historical lineage of a visual language and artistic impulse. Featuring artwork almost exclusively in black and white, Proof showcases the artists' technical acuity and bold experimentation in three mediums: etching, film, and charcoal drawing. With a rare combination of selections, it invites viewers to find new meaning in artworks not normally encountered together. These works call to mind images—s... (read more)

The Contenders 2017 - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through January 12, 2018 - New York

Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this annual series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.

Items: Is Fashion Modern? - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

Items: Is Fashion Modern? explores the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today. Among them are pieces as well-known and transformative as the Levi's 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, and as ancient and culturally charged as the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh. Items will also invite some designers, engineers, and manufacturers to respond to some of these indispensable items with pioneering materials, approaches, and techniques—extending this conversation into the near and distant futures, and connecting the history of these garments with their present recombination and use. Driven first and foremost by objects, not designers, the exhibition considers the many relationships between fashion and functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy, and technology. The Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibition catalogue, by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher, is available now.

Word on the Street - Times Square
Through February 01, 2018 - New York

Notable artists and writers collaborate to address the urgent and timeless concerns of the individual, the community and the requirements of citizenship through banners and signage in the streets of Times Square. Image courtesy of Amy Khoshbin + Anne Carson.

Raha Raissnia Alluvius - The Drawing Center
Through February 04, 2018 - Soho

Anticipating an audience whose reading of drawing is informed by new media, Iranian-born artist Raha Raissnia sources her densely-composed charcoal works from her films, each a document of the artist's private life. Using drawing to recreate (and at times undo) moments from everyday life, Raissnia transfers images of friends, strangers, and intimate spaces between celluloid and paper until the original forms become unrecognizable. For her exhibition at The Drawing Center, Raissnia will create a series of film performances, in which photographs of drawings and 35mm film loops are constructed in a flickering, hybrid sequence before the audience. Raissnia will also present several series of works on paper, the belabored surface of each drawing stressing the immense psychological effort that goes into forming each image.

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