Movie Night with John Cameron Mitchell: Minnie & Moskowitz

Saturday, March 7 - Friday, March 13, 2009

Named one of the ten best films of 1971 by Time, MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ stars Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel as an unlikely couple thrown together when Cassel’s parking lot attendant intercedes during a blind date gone bad. Reviewing the film upon release, Roger Ebert wrote, “The movie is sort of a fairy tale, Cassavetes says; it’s dedicated to all the people who didn’t marry the person they should have. It is a movie on the side of love, and it is one of the finest movies of the year. Cassavetes has always been an interesting director, with an inspired unpredictability to his work… in MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ it gives us performances by Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel that are so beautiful you can hardly believe it.”

John Cameron Mitchell directed, wrote and starred in the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he received the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. He was executive producer of Jonathan Caouette’s award-winning documentary Tarnation (2004). His latest film Shortbus was released in 2006. He has directed music videos for the bands Bright Eyes and Scissor Sisters.

In the “Movie Night” program, the IFC Center turns over a theater to special guests and lets them call the shots. Audiences can discover what some of their favorite authors, musicians, artists and filmmakers would pick if it were Movie Night at their house. Participants appear in person to share why they made their selections: to acknowledge the brilliance of a timeless classic, spotlight an unsung gem, or defend a guilty pleasure. Past guests include the filmmaker David Gordon Green, Slovenian theorist and philosopher Slavoj Zizek, singer-songwriter-actor Will Oldham, director and Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, French auteur Gaspar Noe, author Jonathan Lethem, and iconoclastic filmmaker David Lynch.

Tickets to this special event are $9.50 IFC Center members, $15 general admission.