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E-Team

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Filmmakers Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman in person with subjects Anna Neistat and Ole Solvang Wed Oct 22 at 6:20 & 8:25pm shows!

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals who document war crimes and report them to the world. Within this volatile climate, award-winning filmmakers Kauffman and Chevigny take us to the front lines of conflict zones in Syria and Libya, where shrapnel, bullet holes and unmarked graves provide mounting evidence of atrocities by government forces. Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival

USA, 89 min. eteamfilm.com

Magical Universe

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Filmed for over a decade, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old strange and reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art — mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas. The documentary profiles Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle. Carbee’s story is explored through the prism of his unlikely friendship with New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity. Its story culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man.

ADC’s inspir-ADC-ion Shorts

Monday, October 13th, 2014

A special program of new documentary shorts produced by ADC (the organization formerly known as Art Directors Club) on graphic design, advertising and architecture luminaries Ivan Chermayeff, Lee Clow and Clive Wilkinson. The screening is followed by a discussion with executive producer Rick Boyko of Sparkstarters and Clive Wilkinson of Clive Wilkinson Architects, moderated by a partner from Ennead – with additional speakers TBA.

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Reframed explores Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished Barcelona masterpiece, the basilica of Sagrada Familia, with a screening of Stefan Haupt’s new documentary SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION, followed by a discussion between George Ranalli, Dean, Spitzer School of Architecture, and Engineer Daniel Sesil of Leslie E. Robertson Associates, moderated by Thomas Wong, Design Partner in Ennead Architects – with additional speakers TBA.

One of the most iconic and enduring human structures ever built, Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years later after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished. SAGRADA celebrates Gaudi’s vision and the continuing work of countless laborers, artisans, designers and architects as they strive to complete the colossal project while delving into the mysterious process of artistic creation.

Tribute to Massimo Vignelli: Helvetica

Monday, October 13th, 2014

A special tribute to legendary designer Vignelli, including a screening of Gary Hustwit’s acclaimed documentary HELVETICA (2007), about the nearly ubiquitous typeface of which Vignelli was a staunch proponent, including never-before-seen outtakes of Vignelli himself. Following the screening, Hustwit and a panel composed of longtime associate Beatriz Cifuentes of Vignelli Asscociates, noted typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones, Design Matters’ Debbie Millman and graphic designer Paula Scher of Pentragram will discuss Vignelli’s life, career and legacy in a conversation moderated by Todd Schliemann, Design Partner at Ennead Architects.

HELVETICA is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.

Two Days, One Night

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers have teamed with a major international star, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, and the result is another masterwork of humanism. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have brought an extremely relevant social inquiry and turned it into a powerful statement on community solidarity.

Two-time winners of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are two of the most acclaimed and deeply admired filmmakers at work today. Their deliberate, naturalistic movies slowly constrict as they follow seemingly ordinary characters who live on the edges of society. Though they started their career working on documentaries, their best known films are ROSETTA and THE CHILD, which both won the Palme d’Or at Cannes as well as THE KID WITH A BIKE which was also released by Sundance Selects and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award, becoming their most successful box office success.

Citizenfour

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Director Laura Poitras in person for special sneak preview shows Thu Oct 23 at 7:45 (SOLD OUT) & 10:15 (intro only)!

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience. – New York Film Festival

Movie Night with Annie Baker: Fanny and Alexander

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Post-film discussion and signing with Annie Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Flick!

35mm print — theatrical cut

“About five years ago, Baker went to the IFC Center to watch one of her favorite films, Bergman’s FANNY AND ALEXANDER, and noticed something weird going on with the screen. ‘I was like, There’s something wrong, there’s something wrong! I’m not enjoying this; something’s wrong!’ She realized that the movie, originally shot on 35mm film, was being projected digitally. ‘To me, it changed the whole phenomenal experience,’ she says. The Flick draws from the disorientation she felt that day…” – The New Yorker

Several years after Annie Baker watched FANNY AND ALEXANDER projected digitally here at IFC Center, we’re thrilled to welcome her back to present a screening of the theatrical cut of Bergman’s 1982 masterpiece in glorious 35mm. She’ll discuss the film’s impact on her life and work, and sign copies of The Flick, recently released in paperback.

“This late gem from the Swedish maestro upped the ante in terms of autobiographical resonance, radically expanding on the way he’d often used personal experience to inflect the thematic preoccupations of his work, and anticipating scripts like ‘The Best Intentions’ which, despite being directed by others, represented events from his life more literally and explicitly than previously. Here, filtered through the eyes of young Alexander (Bertil Guve) and his sister (Pernilla Allwin), aspects of Bergman’s past are transformed not only into fiction but into a meditation on the nature and craft of fiction: the children’s experiences – first in the warm fold of a theatrical family, then, after dad’s death, at the mercy of a stern stepfather (whose Lutheran calling inevitably evokes that of the director’s own parent) – are structured largely as a series of scenes centred on watching, listening, performing and storytelling.

“As such it’s a marvellously engrossing and thought-provoking film, filled with dazzling dramatic set-pieces and witty, knowing allusions to its creator’s artistic conceits and deceits. Especially when the children are subjected, thanks to their well-meaning but misguided mother (Ewa Fröhling), to the harsh regime of the Bishop Vergerus (Jan Malmsjö), the film also packs an emotional punch, so that the elegant recreation of early-twentieth-century life feels alive in a sense barely dreamt of by most makers of ‘costume drama’.” – Time Out (London)

Part of the series Celluloid Dreams

Annie Baker’s works include The Aliens (Obie Award), Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award), Nocturama, and an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Her work has been produced at more than a hundred theaters in the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries. Recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Steinberg Playwright Award and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She is a resident playwright at Signature Theater.

The Pact 2

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The stunning sequel to new horror classic The Pact ups the ante on terror. When a series of brutal murders lead authorities to believe the Judas killer is back, Annie, (Caity Lotz The Machine), returns home for the final showdown. Also starring Camilla Luddington.

Evolution of a Criminal

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?

In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life.

Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.

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