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Films to See in New York City This Week - February 10-February 17

February 10, 2019 - 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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Secret Theatre
February 10, 2019 - Long Island

Shakespeare's classic comedy comes to brilliant life in NYSX's signature style.

The Bodyguard – Classic Movie Series - St. George Theatre
February 10, 2019 - Staten Island

In her film debut, Whitney Houston plays Rachel Marron, a pop music superstar. It seems that one of her fans is stalking her and has threatened to kill her, so Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a professional bodyguard and former Secret Service agent, is hired to protect her.The film then follows Rachel Marron's life from performance to performance. Each performance features her singing a song (including Houston's hits I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing) that reflects her emotional state. Frank Farmer successfully protects her from danger. Subsequently, and possibly as a result of his protection and the trust thus inspired, Rachel Marron falls in love with Frank, and, though he tries to keep their relationship professional, they sleep together. However, recognizing that their relationship puts her and her family in danger, he breaks-off the affair and heightens moves to protect her (many such previous moves were shot down by Rachel). Ironically, in an effort to separate Rachel from her own world, Frank introduces Rachel to his own father and personal life. As the story follows a number of potential stalkers, Rachel must put her trust in Frank ahead of her own selfishness and des... (read more)

The 1st New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase - SVA Theatre
Through February 10, 2019 - New York

For the inaugural edition of the New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase, NYAFF has chosen a very timely theme. Everyone's talking about Crazy Rich Asians, but what about the other side of the tracks? The showcase offers an alternate perspective on the continent with films that range from pure entertainment to profound introspection, stories about the 99% and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, which might be from halfway across the world but are more relevant than ever in our troubled times. A deeply moving epic of despair, raw tales of the streets, crime thrillers, redemptive boxing dramas, a comic period piece, darkly humorous animation, action extravaganzas; all make up the salient motif we've dubbed "Crazy Broke Asians". Weaving a rich fabric of Asian cinema, the films from years past (including a few NYAFF alumni) deserve fresh eyes, while the premieres hint at much more to come this summer in NYAFF 2019.

Necromancers Of The Public Domain: The Grizzly: Our Greatest Wild Animal - The Tank
February 11, 2019 - New York

Each month, Theater of the Apes plucks a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library to resurrect as a low budget variety show. It would make exciting reading if a forty-year-old grizzly bear were to write his autobiography. Beginning with the stories from his mother of the long and exciting journey of his ancestors from far-off Asia and of her own struggle in bringing up her family, and then telling of his own adventurous life and his meetings with men and with other animals, he could give us a book of highly dramatic quality.

Social Media Basics: Facebook - Central Library
February 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Learn how to set up a profile page and update your security settings. Also learn how to navigate posts and upload photos and videos. Limited to 15 students (walk-ins welcomed). In order to successfully complete this course, students must be comfortable using a computer.

Flaherty NYC - NEW LANGUAGE ACQUISITION - TUES Feb 12 - Anthology Film Archive
February 12, 2019 - New York

Flaherty NYC - NEW LANGUAGE ACQUISITION PROGRAM 3: NEW LANGUAGE ACQUISITION TUESDAY, Feb 12 at 7pm Anthology Film Archives Flaherty NYC programmed by Mary Helena Clark and Alexander Stewart Series co-presented with Pioneer Works Sara Magenheimer in person for a discussion moderated by Sukhdev Sandhu Associate Professor in the Department of English at NYU and founder of the Colloquium For Unpopular Culture. Co-presented with Colloquium for Unpopular Culture The experience of encountering a language you do not understand, with its opacities, surface poetics, and implications of meaning, is central to this program. “New Language Acquisition” begins by exploring possibilities for linguistic, nonverbal, and spatial communication. Conversely, techniques of deconstruction serve as a means to decode or untether the semiological. What can an image and sound sign? What is deemed legible or illegible? In the words of writer and artist Mel Baggs: “I find it very interesting…that failure to learn your language is seen as a deficit, but failure to learn my language is so natural that people like me are officially described as ‘mysterious’ and ‘puzzling,’ rather than anyone admit... (read more)

Puzzling: New Language Acquisition - Pioneer Works
February 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

A puzzle is something puzzling– it expects deduction and solution, while at the same time describes a condition of open confusion. The six-part series "Puzzling" considers these concurrent modes to explore different registers of knowing, the generative possibilities of uncertainty, and the film form as a choreography of sense and stimuli. How can a puzzle, as a challenge and as a structure, destabilize or shape the world? How are the boundaries of sense and non-sense policed? Human and non-human test subjects, compromised figures of authority, and metaphysical detectives populate the series, alongside inquiries on communication, abstraction, and agency.

MAGNUM OPUS: Resurgere Ex Cineribus | An Art Film by Celine (née De La Croix)* - Kickstarter
February 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Is she a genius, is she a fraud, or is she...both? The mysterious Celine (née De La Croix)* is an up-and-coming avant-garde dance artist based in Brooklyn whose debut art film feature Magnum Opus: Resurgere Ex Cineribus is her first dance film work. The Latin title translates to “I Will Rise From the Ashes” and it chronicles the striving creative’s re-emergence onto the art world after a bitter experience of a failed artistic venture.Until now, the artist has been known only to a handful of die-hard followers of her cryptic Tumblr blog and her Instagram account. Little is known of her origin; the fragmented storylines of her own writings reveal that not too long ago, the artist was hired and fired by Jü, a liquor brand looking for an "authentic face" for their new campaign. The experience led her to create the art film which, in her own words, is “an ode to recovery from failed collaborations and dashed artistic dreams.” In the passionate statement, the artist proclaims that by staging this event, she intends to “battle Capitalism and Industry to spread Peace and Hope to you, the masses.” Can she be serious? For those who look closely, there is a clear hint of Celine’s associa... (read more)

Frank Conniff's Open Riff Night - QED
February 13, 2019 - Astoria

Frank Conniff (TV's Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000) hosts this fun live riffing show where YOU get to riff on clips of awful movies! Anyone can sign up, just like an open mic, to riff on short films in groups of three. Whoever is deemed the best riffer by Frank and guest judges get to riff with Frank at the end of the night! Spots to riff are extremely limited, so be sure to buy your ticket below! No one will have advance knowledge of the clips selected, so all riffing will be 100% spontaneous. Let's hear how quick you are at Open Riff Night!

Life According to Sam - Temple Emanu-El
February 13, 2019 - New York

Sam Berns was just two years old when his parents, both physicians, were told he had a rare rapid-aging disorder with no cure: Progeria. By the time he celebrated his bar mitzvah, he had reached the average age of death for children with this disease. While his parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, engaged in a relentless pursuit of a treatment, Sam accepted his condition with humor and grace. fter the film, Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns will talk about their son and their continuing work toward a cure for Progeria and other debilitating diseases of aging with Sheila Nevins.

One Screen Short Film Festival - SVA Theatre
February 13, 2019 - New York

One Screen is the original film festival for the creative community by the creative community. It's the premiere festival that unites the film and advertising world on One Screen. This synergy gives industry professionals a venue to showcase independently produced film and video work made for any platform, thereby attracting some of the most innovative and visually arresting work.

The Ufo Show - Pinebox Rockshop
February 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Sellers and Graham abduct some of New York's finest improvisers and divide them into separate control groups to observe for one night.

Carte Blanche - The Django
February 14, 2019 - New York

Carte Blanche

The Pickle Recipe At Foutainview - JCC Rockland
February 14, 2019 - West Nyack

Meet at Foutainview for a screening of the JCC Film Festival hit The Pickle Recipe. Joey Miller is the king of Detroit party emcees, a single father, and drowning in debt. During one of his latest gigs, a freak accident destroys all his prized sound equipment. With his daughter Julie's bat mitzvah only four weeks away, he is willing to do almost anything to replace it. As a last resort, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the needed 20 grand but under one condition: Joey must steal his grandmother Rose's top-secret kosher dill pickle recipe.

A Way with Words - The Bell House
February 15, 2019 - Brooklyn

This event is 21 and over A Way with Words is an upbeat and lively hour-long public radio show and podcast about language examined through history, culture, and family. Each week, author/journalist Martha Barnette and lexicographer/linguist Grant Barrett talk with callers about slang, old sayings, new words, grammar, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. They settle disputes, play word quizzes, and discuss language news and controversies. The show, on the air since 1998, is heard weekly by more than a half-million listeners over the air in 33 states and around the world by podcast. The show is produced by Wayword, Inc., a small independent nonprofit unaffiliated with any station or network. Co-host/co-producer Martha Barnette is the author of reader-friendly books on word origins. She has a background in ancient Greek and Latin, studied Spanish in Costa Rica, and worked as a newspaper reporter for major metropolitan dailies. Raised in the South, she now lives in San Diego, where she's often found hiking mountain trails and performing with an improv comedy troupe. Co-host/co-producer Grant Barrett is an American lexicographer and ... (read more)

Movies R Dumb Presents Miami Connection Chris Gersbeck - QED
February 15, 2019 - Astoria

Every month Chris Gersbeck invites NYC's quickest comedians to riff on the worst movies of all time. This month he's chosen the ill-advised 1987 martial arts film Miami Connection! With live riffing by*: Frank Conniff (MST3K) Carolina Hidalgo (Movie Sign with the Mads) Laura Merli (Reductress) Colin Fitzgerald (Cosmic Castoff)

Titmouse Presents 5 Second Animation Day - SVA Theatre
February 15, 2019 - New York

5 Second Animation Day — a Titmouse tradition, a day when Titmouse animators create whatever animated goodies have been floating around in their minds all year.

The Unicorn - Anthology Film Archives
February 16, 2019 - New York

This extraordinary, years-in-the-making documentary grabs hold of a truly unique central figure: outsider musician Peter Grudzien, the one-man musical force behind "The Unicorn," which has been described as possibly the first openly gay country album. But country doesn't begin to describe the dizzying range of music included on this 1974 release. Peter composed, performed, and recorded "The Unicorn" entirely in his childhood home in Astoria, Queens, and sold the 500 pressed copies out of a suitcase on the streets of the city. Despite this unpromising genesis, the album was rescued from oblivion and re-released in the 1990s, prompting the music critic and collector Paul Major to declare it the "greatest New York LP since the first Velvet Underground or first New York Dolls."

Phantom Thread - Anthology Film Archives
February 16, 2019 - New York

Paul Thomas Anderson's most recent film distinguished itself, among other ways, by eliciting a dizzying range of responses, many of them virtually diametrically opposed. In portraying the relationship between a figure who embodies the myth of white male genius (Daniel Day Lewis's monstrously perfectionist fashion designer, Reynolds Woodcock) and his seemingly long-suffering, powerless love interest (Vicky Krieps's Alma), is it perpetuating toxic gender relations or subtly deconstructing them? One thing is for sure: aside from its intoxicating set design and mise-en-scène and its typically stylized and finely wrought performances, PHANTOM THREAD is not the film it initially appears to be. Slowly but surely it clears an unexpected path for itself, only gradually revealing its modus operandi and forcing us to recalibrate our attitudes and expectations. Ultimately, it becomes a sly and subtly subversive exploration of gender and power dynamics, and a worthy addition to the Valentine's Day Massacre lineup.

JCAL Presents BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Queens Oral History - Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JPAC)
February 16, 2019 - jamaica

Queens Oral History: Building of Jamaica w/the “Original Generals of the Industry” A Part of JCAL’s Community Build Program Saturday, February 16, 2019 @6:30 pm - 9:00 pm @ Jamaica Art Center (JAC) 161-04 Jamaica Avenue Free The “Original Generals of the Industry” - following WWII starting in 1946, seven brothers from Augusta, Georgia, “The Griffins” moved to New York and started an industrial landscaping company - L.B. Griffin Landscaping - in Jamaica, Queens. In its first 20 years L.B. Griffin landscaping expanded into contracting and became the first and largest black owned construction company in New York, L.B. Griffin Construction, Inc. after 50 years until today L.B. Griffin Contracting, Inc. has added several branches of Griffin Contracting. The Griffin family of contracting have been present in the development and construction of Jamaica, Long Island + Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and along the Northeast Corridor. There are two surviving Griffin brothers, the “Original Generals of the Industry,” Charles Thomas Griffin and Roy Oscar Griffin; this is their story. All are invited to attend this community gathering and Oral History project regarding the African A... (read more)

The Unicorn - Anthology Film Archives
February 17, 2019 - New York

This extraordinary, years-in-the-making documentary grabs hold of a truly unique central figure: outsider musician Peter Grudzien, the one-man musical force behind "The Unicorn," which has been described as possibly the first openly gay country album. But country doesn't begin to describe the dizzying range of music included on this 1974 release. Peter composed, performed, and recorded "The Unicorn" entirely in his childhood home in Astoria, Queens, and sold the 500 pressed copies out of a suitcase on the streets of the city. Despite this unpromising genesis, the album was rescued from oblivion and re-released in the 1990s, prompting the music critic and collector Paul Major to declare it the "greatest New York LP since the first Velvet Underground or first New York Dolls." By the time filmmakers Isabelle Dupuis and Tim Geraghty encountered Grudzien, though, mainstream recognition remained elusive, with Peter himself living a marginalized and paranoia-fueled life in Queens with his forbidding, nonagenarian father, Joseph, and his schizophrenic twin sister, Terry. THE UNICORN immerses us in Peter's life, a hermetic world transfigured by his musical talent and stubborn resilience, b... (read more)

Phantom Thread - Anthology Film Archives
February 17, 2019 - New York

Paul Thomas Anderson's most recent film distinguished itself, among other ways, by eliciting a dizzying range of responses, many of them virtually diametrically opposed. In portraying the relationship between a figure who embodies the myth of white male genius (Daniel Day Lewis's monstrously perfectionist fashion designer, Reynolds Woodcock) and his seemingly long-suffering, powerless love interest (Vicky Krieps's Alma), is it perpetuating toxic gender relations or subtly deconstructing them? One thing is for sure: aside from its intoxicating set design and mise-en-scène and its typically stylized and finely wrought performances, PHANTOM THREAD is not the film it initially appears to be. Slowly but surely it clears an unexpected path for itself, only gradually revealing its modus operandi and forcing us to recalibrate our attitudes and expectations. Ultimately, it becomes a sly and subtly subversive exploration of gender and power dynamics, and a worthy addition to the Valentine's Day Massacre lineup.

Punch-drunk Love - Anthology Film Archives
February 17, 2019 - New York

As a quasi-romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE may have seemed at the time to represent a sidestep from the increasingly ambitious and weighty trajectory of Paul Thomas Anderson's career, but in retrospect it remains one of his greatest and most unusual achievements. What distinguishes PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE above all is the extent to which the film's own rhythms and textures mirror the fractured, anxious psyche of its profoundly strange and sometimes alarmingly dysfunctional protagonist. Sandler is Barry Egan – shy, recessive, yet prone to volcanic outbursts of anger – and the film charts the unlikely romance that develops when Emily Watson's Leda appears in his life. Flirting with romantic comedy and the musical, but with a hard edge and unsettling vision that's entirely unique, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE is, like its protagonist, equal parts sentimental and unhinged.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella - Landmark Theatre
Through February 17, 2019 - Syracuse

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music that's delighting audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago" in this hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who's ever had a dream.

Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Cinema Village
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

The 8th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 14-23 2019, and includes awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 23rd with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our 89 outstanding films from 32 countries -- we have something for everyone! Shorts and features, drama, romance, comedy, horror, animation, thriller, documentary, music videos and web series. Winter Film Awards is dedicated to showcasing the amazing diversity of voices in indie film and our 2019 lineup is 50% directed by women and 53% by or about people of color. Visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com for tickets, details and schedule! #WinterIsComing #CelebrateDiversity

Winter Film Awards 8th Annual International Film Festival - Cinema Village
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

The 8th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 14-23 2019, and includes awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 23rd with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our jam-packed lineup of 89 outstanding films from 32 countries in all genres, including shorts and features, drama, romance, comedy, horror, animation, documentary, music videos and web series. Panels and workshops include Shooting in NYC with the mayor's office, Distribution 101, Everything You Need to Know about Music for your Film, NYS Support for FIlmmakers with the Governor's Office, Getting the Best sound for your Film with Gotham Sound, Professional Development for Actors and Fundraising for Filmmakers. Screening Tix $12.50 adv/$16.50 door - Free Discussion Panels - $5 Matinees - Daily Screenings - Free Parties. Screenings at Cinema Village (22 E12th St). Industry Networking Opening Night Party, Feb 14 8PM-11PM. Gala Red Carpet + Award Ceremony + After-Party, Feb 23 8PM-2AM. Winter Film A... (read more)

CMX CINEMAS LAUNCHES ITS FIRST NEW YORK CITY LOCATION, CMX CINÉBISTRO NEW YORK 62ND - CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd
Through October 18, 2019 - new york

CMX Cinemas, the eighth largest movie theater chain in the U.S. with 36 theaters across America, will open its first New York City outpost, CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd, on October 18. The new location will bring CMX’s signature VIP movie-going experience to the heart of the Upper East Side, complete with world-class, in-theater dining and luxurious reclining love seats, all within a distinctively intimate setting. CMX renovated the six-story existing theater to complement the neighborhood and provide the community with a unique and intimate theater experience they can enjoy with their family and friends. Maintaining the integrity of the building’s original structure, the newly enhanced theater reflects a modern and minimalist design, featuring rich textures and bold fixtures that embody the spirit and passion of New York. “It is with great pleasure that we open our first theater in New York City, a location that is poised to become a literal icon and flagship for CMX Cinemas with its city-inspired sophistication,” said Jose Leonardo Marti, CEO of CMX Cinemas. “New York’s newest one-stop-destination for entertainment, CMX CinéBistro’s intimate environment affords moviegoers ... (read more)

BUILD Brunch - Build Series NYC Studio
Through September 10, 2025 - New York

Digital entertainment program BUILD Series takes its popular and extensive live interview show to the next level, adding a new, daily morning talk show "BUILD Brunch," as BUILD Series continues its commitment to bring its fans closer to culture. Airing weekdays at 11am live on BUILDseries.com/Brunch, it will feature a roundtable of diverse, young and influential personalities speaking to breaking news, hot topics and the latest in entertainment. PLEASE READ BEFORE ARRIVAL: Doors open 30 minutes before showtime and CLOSE 5 minutes prior to each show. There will be a standby line for every show. VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY for security purposes (No age minimum). Please note we clear the studio after every event and we DO NOT permit autographs on our premises. This event will be streamed LIVE on BUILDseries.com! Make sure to check out the BUILD Series Newsletter for updates and information about our events:

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