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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Jamaica Walking Tour @ King Manor Museum
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Jamaica Walking Tour @ King Manor Museum | New York | United States

King Manor’s caretaker and longtime Jamaica resident Roy Fox will lead a walking tour of this beloved neighborhood. Learn about the history of the area from colonial times to the present and how the sites we see today are connected to Rufus King and his family. Some might think King Manor is the coolest place to see in Jamaica, but there’s a lot around here. Join in this Jamaica Walking Tour whether you’re interested in learning more about your neighborhood or just love NYC history.

Queens Plaza Evening Chan Meditation: The Art of Stillness Beyond Mindfulness @ WeWork Queens plaza
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Queens Plaza Evening Chan Meditation: The Art of Stillness Beyond Mindfulness @ WeWork Queens plaza | New York | United States

This is a rare opportunity. Master YongHua decided to come to New York City. Join us to learn meditation and listen to his Dharma talk.

Master YongHua was born in South Vietnam. He came to the United States at the end of 1973 to attend college. He earned a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

After working for the corporate world for decades, he decided to leave the home life to study Chan under Great Master XuanHua in 1995. In 1999, he became fully ordained under Master Mãn Giác. He then went to Taiwan to study Chinese and the Vinaya for two years. He came back to the United States in 2001. He practiced in seclusion until 2005 when he started teaching Chan and accepting disciples. He now devotes his time in propagating Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism and training left home people.

What is Chan Meditation
Chan meditation is the most advanced form of Mahayana Buddhist meditation. We follow the tradition of Wei Yang lineage, one of five Chinese Chan schools transmitted by Grand Dharma Master Hsuan Hua. We adapt Chinese Chan training methods to the Western culture and call it “American Chan”.

Since 2005, students of American Chan from all walks of life and many continents have been improving steadily from beginner to expert levels, thus enabling them to better cope with the increasing complexities and challenges of modern times.

What we’ll do
– We start by greeting and stretching
– Learn sitting posture & several techniques of meditation
– Silent meditation 15~30 mins (We will decide that day)
– Questions and answers, socializing.

What to bring
– Bring your yoga mat or towel.
– Wear comfortably.
– Photo ID.