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Batkid Begins

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Director in person for Q&A!

One child. One wish. Millions touched. Who would have thought a 5-year-old boy who fought leukemia would transform a city and a nation for a day? No one. Not his family. Not his friends. Not the thousands of volunteers who came from near and far to help make his wish come true. But it did.

BATKID BEGINS is a documentary that takes you back to November 15th, 2013, the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City, and the day the internet was nice. More than a billion people took to social media to cheer on BatKid, even President Obama! In all, the #SfBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 Billion people on Twitter and Instagram. This wish and this little caped crusader resonated with so many people, including us, and we wanted to find out why.

Part of New York Super Week 2015

The Abandoned

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Director in person for Q&A!

In a vacant luxury complex, a young single mother takes a job as one of two security guards covering the night shift. As she patrols the vast hallways, increasingly sinister phenomena threaten her, seemingly born from the building’s catacombs. The Abandoned is a claustrophobic, bone-tingling thriller that merges visceral scares with slow-burning mystery, a haunted house that turns into a chilling psychological portrait.

Part of New York Super Week 2105

WagakkiBand Concert Movie

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

New York Premiere! WagakkiBand is the “New Wave of Rock Entertainment” that fuses shigin (poetry recitation, a traditional Japanese performing art), wagakki (traditional Japanese musical instruments), and rock music. They are already recognized by many US fans from their YouTube smash hit, “Senbonzakura” which has over 25 million views to date, and their recent sold out US debut concert at Club Nokia, LA Live was filled with die-hard American enthusiasts. This concert movie includes live footage from one of their most memorable live concerts in Japan and also features a short trailer of “Attack on Titan – dTV Original Drama Version” where they perform opening theme song. Their latest album, “Yasouemaki” recently debuted at #1  on the Japanese charts.

Note: This is a non-narrative concert film. The performances are in Japanese and are not subtitled in English.

Part of New York Super Week 2015

Junk Story

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

US Premiere! hide 50th Anniversary Film: JUNK STORY is the first documentary about hide (aka Hideto Matsumoto, 1964-1998), the world-famous Japanese rock musician. An up-close-and-personal look at one of Japan’s greatest rockstars, this portrait was made to commemorate what would have been hide’s 50th birthday. It explores the aesthetics, dreams and philosophy of the guitarist-singer-songwriter whose work with heavy metal band X Japan and as a solo artist made him an icon for youth rebelling against the conformity of contemporary Japan.

Part of New York Super Week 2015



Vampire Hunter D

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

30th Anniversary Screening

In this anime classic, the future is bleak for the world’s remaining humans, who inhabit a vast wasteland and spend the majority of their time trying to outrun vicious vampires and other demonic beings. A supernaturally skilled swordsman known simply as D (Kaneto Shiozawa), who is part vampire himself, is hired by mortals to track down the villainous Count Magnus Lee (Seizô Katô), who recently attacked a local girl. When D rides into Lee’s lair on his mechanical steed, a bloodbath ensues.

Part of New York Super Week 2015


Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Director in person for Q&A!

FELDSTEIN is the story of the late Al Feldstein, former editor of Mad Magazine and co-creator of Tales from the Crypt and other titles from the legendary E.C. Comics line. His influence has made a strong impact on society as both Mad Magazine and E.C. Comics were considered provocative and challenged authority, paving the way for countless others. This documentary is Feldstein’s first-hand account of the highs and lows of being part of one of the most successful and iconic American publications. Featuring Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee, Paul Peter Porges, Marie Severin, Lyle Stuart and others

Part of New York Super Week 2015


Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Director Larry Fessenden and cast members in person!

In celebration of the 30 year anniversary of Glass Eye Pix and the 20th anniversary of the film, IFC Center presents a special screening of HABIT in a new digital transfer. Larry Fessenden’s seminal New York Vampire film was nominated for 2 Spirit Awards and winner of the Someone to Watch Award.

Autumn in New York. Sam has broken up with his girlfriend and his father has recently died. World-weary and sloppy drunk, he finds temporary solace in the arms of Anna, a mysterious woman who draws him away from his friends and into a web of addiction and madness. 

“Vivid … As evocative of New York-style paranoia as BAD LIEUTENANT, ROSEMARY’S BABY, or TAXI DRIVER.” – Amy Taubin, Village Voice

“Literate, funny, and creepier than anything you’ll find at the multiplex, HABIT leaves you exhilarated.” - Elizabeth Weitzman, Interview

“Haunting… Fessenden is a talent to watch.” – Roger Ebert

Presented as part of New York Super Week 2015.

Additional midnight screenings of films from Glass Eye Pix will take place weekends in October & November. Schedule announced Oct 5.

We Weren’t Just Bicycle Thieves: Neorealism

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Director Gianni Bozzachi in person for Q&As Fri & Sat at 7:35 shows! 

Critic’s Pick, Village Voice. WE WEREN’T JUST BICYCLE THIEVES. NEOREALISM is a celebration of “neorealism” period in Italian cinema, a movement that influenced world cinema from the early 1940s to the 1960s. Director and producer Gianni Bozzacchi chronicles this amazing time with clips from the classic neorealist films and interviews with the era’s great directors, including Rossellini, Visconti, DeSica, Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ermanno Olmi, Taviani brothers, and many others, including Prof. Umberto Eco, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Prof. Paolo Galluzzi. Narrated and co-written by the award winning filmmaker Carlo Lizzani and produced by Bruno Benetti and Triworld Cinema.


Danny Says

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Q&A with director Brendan Toller and producer Pamela Lubell!

DANNY SAYS is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.


Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Q&A and book signing w/ film subject Mark Hogancamp and co-author/film producer Chris Shellen!

On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside of a bar in Kingston, NY, by five men who beat him literally to death. Revived by paramedics, Mark had suffered brain damage and physical injuries so severe even his own mother didn’t recognize him. After nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life.

Unable to afford therapy, Mark decided to create his own. In his backyard, he built Marwencol, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family and even his attackers. He used the small dolls and props to redevelop his hand-eye coordination, while he dealt with the psychic wounds from his attack through the town’s many battles and dramas.

After a few years, Mark started documenting his miniature dramas with his camera. Through Mark’s lens, these were no longer dolls; they were living, breathing characters in an epic WWII story full of violence, jealousy, longing and revenge. And he (or rather his alter ego, Captain Hogancamp) was the hero.

When Mark’s stunningly realistic photos are discovered and published in an art magazine, his homemade therapy suddenly becomes “art,” forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world he’s avoided since his attack.

Shot over the course of four years, Jeff Malmberg’s documentary intertwines the dual realities of Mark Hogancamp to tell the whole story of Marwencol; a surprising tale of love, secrets, pain, and adventure.

Following the screening, film subject Mark Hogancamp and co-author/film producer Chris Shellen will be doing a post-screening Q&A and signing of the new book “Welcome to Marwencol.”

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