Stranger Than Fiction: Spring 2018

Tuesday, April 17 - Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Our new season’s lineup kicks off with Sara Driver’s BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (Apr 17) on the pre-fame years of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat; and closes with Jason Kohn’s LOVE MEANS ZERO (June 5) on the controversial tennis coach Nick Bollittieri.

The season will also preview two episodes of the new A&E series GOTTI: GODFATHER AND SON (May 8) on the infamous mafia family; THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (May 15) on the legendary Vogue writer; and the pilot episode of Showtime’s THE FOURTH ESTATE (May 22) on the New York Times reporters covering Trump’s White House. Other special events include the 15th anniversary screening of THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND (Apr 24); a rare theatrical screening of Netflix’s RAPTURE: NAS & DAVE EAST (May 1); and a new restoration of the 1982 classic THE ATOMIC CAFE. The season includes two special Thursday events: the New York premiere of HAIKU ON A PLUM TREE (Apr 19) about an Italian family enduring a Japanese prison camp in WWII; and a 10th anniversary  screening of A JIHAD FOR LOVE (May 24) about gay and lesbian Muslims.

The spring season is co-presented by New York Film Academy. For more information, visit

Stranger Than Fiction: Spring 2018 Season: 7:30pm Tuesdays at IFC Center, April 17 – June 5

Each show features a Q&A with the director or other special guests!

Apr 17 – Opening Night: BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (2017, 78 min) Q&A w/ dir Sara Driver

Apr 19 – Thursday Special: HAIKU ON A PLUM TREE (2016, 78 min) Q&A w/ dir. Mujah Maraini-Melehi

Apr 24: THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND (2003, 92 min) Q&A w/ dir. Sam Green & producer Carrie Lozano

May 1: RAPTURE: NAS & DAVE EAST (2018, 63 min) Q&A w/ dir. Sacha Jenkins & EP Ben Selkow

May 8: GOTTI: GODFATHER AND SON (2018, 90 min) Q&A w/ dir. Richard Stratton & subject John Gotti Jr

May 15THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (2017, 94 min) Q&A w/ dir. Kate Novack

May 22: THE FOURTH ESTATE (2018, 90 min) Q&A w/ dir. Liz Garbus

May 24 – Thursday Special: A JIHAD FOR LOVE (2007, 81 min) Q&A w/ dir. Parvez Sharma

May 29: THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982, 92 min) Q&A w/ dirs. Pierce Rafferty, Kevin Rafferty & Jayne Loader

June 5 – Closing Night: LOVE MEANS ZERO (2017, 89 min) Q&A w/ dir. Jason Kohn

Tickets for Stranger Than Fiction screenings are $17 for the general public and $14 for IFC Center members. A Season Pass, good for admission to all 10 evenings is available for $99 ($80 for IFC members).

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