May
13
Sun
The Illiac Passion (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 13 @ 5:00 pm
The Illiac Passion (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

USA. Dir. Gregory Markopoulos, 1967, 90 mins. 16mm. With Taylor Mead, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith. In English. One of the masters of American avant-garde filmmaking, Gregory Markopoulos had developed a singular, senses-stunning style—marked by lush, color-saturated visuals; psychologically-charged editing; and a concern with the mythopoeic—when he left the US for good, relocated to Europe, and pulled his films from public exhibition. The gradual re-emergence of his work continues with this rare screening of one of his greatest achievements, a contemporary take on Prometheus Bound. It’s a spectacle of passion and creation in which Aeschylus’ text mixes with the music of Bartok and underground luminaries Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Beverly Grant, Gregory Battcock, and Gerard Malanga are cast as the titans of Greek mythology.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

The Dreamed Ones (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Dreamed Ones (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Austria. Dir. Ruth Beckermann. 2016, 89 mins. Digital projection. With Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp. In German with English subtitles. A passionate, doomed literary love affair is brought to life in this inventive, one-of-a-kind meta-romance. Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan were two giants of postwar German-language poetry whose unlikely affair (he was the son of Jewish Holocaust victims, she the daughter of a Nazi) lasted only months but sparked hundreds of letters exchanged over the course of decades—documents of two brilliant minds working through heady questions of art, postwar guilt, and politics, as well as their own complex feelings for one another. Their soul-baring correspondence is related via two magnetic actors who, in channeling the writers, discover their own spark of attraction—a continuation of a love story that resonates across decades.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

May
18
Fri
Rabot (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Rabot (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Belgium. Dir. Christina Vandekerckhove. 2017, 70 mins. Digital projection. In Dutch with English subtitles. U.S. premiere. With the eye of an artist and the preservationist instincts of a cultural anthropologist, documentarian Christina Vandekerckhove chronicles the last months of life in a dilapidated Ghent high-rise slated for demolition. A 1970s prestige project designed as a utopian solution to low cost housing, the modernist Rabot towers instead became a symbol of urban blight. Capturing intimate moments in the day-to-day lives of a host of the building’s soon-to-be-displaced residents, Vandekerckhove finds both tragedy—poverty, illness, addiction, loneliness—as well as touching scenes of warmth, humor, and humanity. The result is both a striking architectural record of urban decay and a deeply compassionate view of the humanity in its midst.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

May
19
Sat
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

The Maltese Fighter. New York premiere. Malta/Canada. Dir. Arev Manoukian. 2015, 19 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nico Fenech. In Maltese with English subtitles. In a time when Malta’s political violence was at its peak, Carmelo, a single father and boxer from Valletta, is forced to join a corrupt underworld as he struggles to provide for his only son Giuseppi. Bajtra tax-Xewk (Prickly Pear). U.S. premiere. Malta. Dir. Alex Camilleri. 2016, 12 mins. With Andrew Mallia, Iskander Zul Qarnen. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. Feeling guilty that he told his sister she could eat the prickly pears that were meant for his grandmother’s birthday, a boy embarks on a mission to secure replacement fruit. But finding the fruit during the offseason turns into a quest to right his wrong. Arcadia. New York premiere. Dir. Jamie Vella. 2017, 25 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nathan Ellul. In Maltese with English subtitles. Father and son finally achieve their dream of moving out and living in the idyllic Maltese countryside. Yet this dream of peace and simplicity turns into a nightmare as the booming and unforgiving construction industry of the country quickly sets its sights on their land. Lejliet (Eve). U.S. premiere. Malta.Dir. Matthew James Ellul. 2016, 13 mins. With Manuel Cauchi, Jamie Cardona. In Maltese with English subtitles. Gaetano, a sexton at the local parish, is alone on the church rooftop on Christmas Eve. To his surprise he encounters Marco, a teenager from the village who has also sneaked upstairs. Although neither is happy to see the other, a reluctant conversation is struck up between the two. As the interaction turns hostile, the reason for their presence on the rooftop emerges as both men reveal their hidden intentions, unexpectedly finding common ground.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

The Steel Mill Caffé (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 4:00 pm
The Steel Mill Caffé (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Croatia. Dir. Goran Devic, 2017, 61 mins. Digital projection. In Croatian with English subtitles. New York premiere. Business is slow at the bus stop bar owned by Erna and Dzevad in the city of Sisak, Croatia, near the entrance to what was once one of the largest ironworks in Eastern Europe. Now, times are hard, the pub sees barely a trickle of customers, and the couple have decided to close down for good. With his unobtrusive, fly-on-the-wall camera, director Goran Devic documents the bar’s last week, eavesdropping on the conversations between the few regulars and the stray passers-by who wander in. The topics they discuss—the scarcity of work, the influx of migrants, the promise of a better life in Germany—offer revealing insight into the state of a country struggling to pull itself out of recession.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

May
20
Sun
Beyond the One (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
Beyond the One (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Italy/France/Germany. Dir. Anna Marziano. 2017, 53 mins. Digital projection. Italian with English subtitles. Shooting across continents on glowing Super 8 and 16mm, artist filmmaker Anna Marziano offers a poetic, generously human meditation on the many and varied forms love can take. Working from the premise that everyone loves in a unique way, Beyond the One interweaves evocative allusions to literature, music, and cinema with a reflection on our singular/plural condition, illustrated through various ways of sharing and nourishing relationships as well as through situations where love (or the lack thereof) has become a form of pain. What emerges is a far-reaching, gracefully profound essay on the experience of human connection, a conversation recording traces of our intimate relational life and its essential ambiguity.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

Jul
7
Sat
Movies Under the Stars: Moana @ Springfield Park
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Movies Under the Stars: Moana @ Springfield Park

Join NYC Parks, Council Member Donovan Richards and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auli?i Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Jul
27
Fri
6th Annual New York Women’s Surf Film Festival (NYWSFF) @ Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 11:00 am
6th Annual New York Women's Surf Film Festival (NYWSFF) @ Rockaway Beach Surf Club

Lava Girl Surf and LUNA are proud to present the 6th annual NY Women¹s Surf Film Festival, a free two night outdoor event, which will be held over two weekends in New York¹s landmark surf communities, Rockaway Beach, Queens and Montauk, Long Island.
The festival will be exclusively premiering Changing Tides Foundation¹s short film Sameseas on the East Coast. Moreover the festival will showcase diverse styles of story telling, from established and emerging directors, producers and filmmakers. This year, stories span the globe and feature films from the United States, France, Australia, Norway, Mexico, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic. For the sixth annual festival the selections will highlight the inspiring lives of women surfers, their unique journeys and passions and their connections to the ocean.