Unusual film events
Obsessions, open mikes and half-naked people.
Mon Mar 1 2010
Locations vary, admission usually $5--$10 (cinemasixteen.com). Next event Mar 17 at Coco 66, 66 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and West Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-7392).
Event organizer: Founder-creative director Molly Surno
What you'll see: “Obscure vintage films are paired with contemporary musicians, who are given two to six months to compose a live, original score. The majority of films are silent, but sometimes I take films with light dialogue and remove the sound.”
The audience: “Bohemians, musicians, fashionistas, film buffs, twentysomethings, 50-year-olds. We also serve free alcohol, which makes the evening accessible regardless of your budget.”
Word of advice: “Aside from experiencing an extraordinary performance, expect an incredibly social event. You’ll go home inspired, and having made new friends.”
Body Maps at Galapagos Art Space
16 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-222-8500, galapagosartspace.com). Apr 2 at 8pm; $20, advance $15.
Event organizer: Booking manager Eric Sosa
What you'll see: “Galapagos is a unique environment for film, dance, theater and music artists. [This event] features music by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet, alongside animation, video art and photography by Katy Tucker.”
The audience: “Audience members are as eclectic as the space. The ages range from 21 to 45, but there’s truly no standard or typical patron.”
Word of advice: “Marvel at the beauty of the space and the 1,800-square-foot indoor lake. You can also bring in outside food.”
Documentary Mondays at Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St at Laight St (212-941-2001, tribecacinemas.com). Every other Monday 7:30pm, $10. Mon 8: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, with director Bestor Cram.
Event organizer: Curator Nancy Schafer
What you'll see: “Every other week we screen a documentary that deals with social issues or an interesting slice of life. The filmmaker joins us for a postscreening conversation and we open the bar afterward for the conversation to continue.”
The audience: “It is a diverse range. [We get] audience members interested in engaging documentary programming, as well as new attendees who are drawn to specific subject matter.”
Word of advice: “Come early for a cocktail in the bar, and make sure you stay for the conversation with the filmmaker.”
Kevin Geeks Out at 92YTribeca
200 Hudson St at Canal St(212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). Next show Mar 19 at8pm: Kevin Geeks OutAbout...Sharks; $10.
Event organizer: Comedian Kevin Maher
What you'll see: “I host a comedy variety show that focuses on a different obsessionworthy topic each month. We feature clips from various movies and TV shows, along with guest speakers and performers, trivia prizes and a theme-related snack.”
The audience: “The show’s designed to appeal to everyone from hard-core fanatics to 'normal’ people who love cool stuff. One guy came and brought his mom. And they both loved the show.”
Word of advice: “These shows are like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: There’s no wrong way to enjoy them. Stick around for the after-party.”
177 Livingston St at Gallatin Pl, Downtown Brooklyn (646-420-0359, lightindustry.org). Dates vary, see website formore info; $7.
Event organizer: Founder and program director Thomas Beard
What you'll see: “Each event is typically organized by a different invited artist, critic or curator and has ranged from a lecture on reflexology and a screening of Mechanics of the Brain to a discussion and presentation of the eight-hour ethnographic epic Taiga.”
The audience: “We bring together artists and audiences from various worlds: experimental cinema, contemporary art, documentary filmmaking, the academy and new media.”
Word of advice: “Come early, around 7:15pm. The best seats go quickly.”
Open screening nights at Millennium Film
66 E 4th St between Bowery and Second Ave (212-673-0090, millenniumfilm.org). Next open screening Mar 26, donation-based admission.
Event organizer: Program director Howard Guttenplan
What you'll see: “As far as I know, our monthly open screenings are the only ones of their kind, here in NYC, for independent filmmakers and video artists. Everyone gets 20 minutes, first-come, first-served.”
The audience: “The audience range is wide, although most are in their twenties.”
Word of advice: “Bring your DVD, MiniDV, VHS videotape, 16mm or S8mm film, and our projectionists will set it up for a screening.” Doors open at 7pm.
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Clearview Chelsea
269 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-691-5519, nycrhps.org). Fri, Sat midnight; $9.
Event organizer: MC Tom Amici
What you'll see: “It starts with a 20-minute dance party, followed by live, preshow events like getting to know our first-time audience members, a.k.a. 'virgins.’ At 12:45, the movie begins and our cast performs in costume alongside the screen.”
The audience: “College students, high-schoolers coming with a parent, or even older folks who want to relive the Rocky Horror experience of their younger days.”
Word of advice: “Dressing in costume is always encouraged. Expect to hear coarse language and check your self-consciousness at the door—you’re likely to see cast members in very little clothing.”
Ill-Fated Artists series at New York Public Library
96th Street branch, 112 E 96th St at Lexington Ave (212-289-0908, nypl.org). See website for schedule; free.
Event organizer: Librarian “with a soft spot for film” Todd Gwinn
What you'll see: “I came up with this series in particular because I have a background in art. We’ll be showing films on Pollock, Van Gogh and other doomed artists.”
The audience: “Mostly older folks, but we do pull in a younger crowd every once in a while.”
Word of advice: “First-come, first-served for seats. You’re not supposed to bring food in, but that doesn’t stop people.... I won’t say I condone it, but if I don’t see it, then I can’t exactly stop you.”
Ear of the Heart: The Music of Galt MacDermot documentary benefit at Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-967-7555, joespub.com). Apr 25 at 6pm, $150.
Event organizer: Film producer Meredith Jacobson Marciano
What you'll see: We’re having a benefit night to help fund our postproduction costs [for Ear of the Heart, a documentary about Hair’s famed composer, Galt MacDermot]. We’ll be showing highlighted clips from the film, as well as [showcasing] live performances by Hair cast members. Galt and his band will also perform.”
The audience: “It’s a one-time event, but I expect the audience will range from new, young Hair fans and original Hair fans to jazz-music lovers and theater aficionados of all ages.”
Word of advice: “You can expect to hear many Hair hits—but no nudity. You’ll also hear other music you might not have been familiar with.”
HD screenings at Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Sony Plaza, 550 Madison Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-833-7858, sonywondertechlab.com). Saturday, usually at 2pm; free.
Event organizer: Program manager Corrine Doron
What you'll see: “Every Saturday audiences can take in a high-definition feature film—usually one by Sony Pictures, of course—free.” Past pics have included Julie & Julia and Michael Jackson’s song and dance extravaganza This Is It.
The audience: “Our audience is a mixture of young and old. Most live locally and include families looking for something fun and entertaining to do on the weekend.”
Word of advice: “Reserve early for best availability: Our reservation [phone] line opens the Monday of the week a screening is offered. Up to four seats can be reserved per reservation.”
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