Welcome Back!

It’s been an honor that so many filmmakers have come to IFC Center to present their movies to audiences. Over our 16-year history, we’ve had thousands of directors, writers, actors and others on stage for introductions and Q&As.

While we’re thrilled to be open again after being dark for nearly a year, we’re holding off on inviting filmmakers back for in-person appearances until things are a little more normal. Since they can’t be with us now, we asked some of our favorites to send us exclusive video intros to share with you, to thank you for coming out to see their movies on the big screen and to say… WELCOME BACK!

In addition to playing those individual introductions before film screenings, we’ve compiled highlights into a special Welcome Back trailer. You can catch it on screen at IFC Center or click the image above, and hear messages from Jayro Bustamante (LA LLORONA), Sean Durkin (THE NEST), Natalie Erika James (RELIC), David France (WELCOME TO CHECHNYA), Channing Godfrey Peoples (MISS JUNETEENTH), Chad Hartigan (LITTLE FISH), Kirsten Johnson (DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD), Miranda July (KAJILLIONAIRE), Spike Lee (DA 5 BOODS), Darius Marder (SOUND OF METAL), Alexander Nanau (COLLECTIVE), Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI), Kelly Reichardt (FIRST COW), Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross (BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS); Aaron Sorkin (THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7), Keith Thomas (THE VIGIL) and Thomas Vinterberg (ANOTHER ROUND)

Other films with recorded intros playing at the theater include:

AMMONITE (Francis Lee), THE ASSISTANT (Kitty Green), BACURAU (Kleber Mendonca Filho), FAREWELL AMOR (Ekwa Msangi), LAST CALL (Paolo Pilladi), MANK (David Fincher), MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (George C. Wolfe), MARTIN EDEN (Pietro Marcello), MY SALINGER YEAR (Philippe Falardeau & Joanna Rakoff), NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (Eliza Hittman), YES, GOD, YES (Karen Maine), TESLA (Michael Almereyda), TEST PATTERN (Shantara Michelle Ford), and TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Thanks to all the filmmakers who recorded a message for us, and thank you for coming out to the moves. Welcome back!