Film Community Shares Its Work with New Yorkers
February 1, 2013 - The five boroughs have long been home to vibrant, eclectic and influential film and video programming. From premiering new narrative and documentary films to programming boldly experimental works of film and video art, the City’s film community brings an unmistakably New York approach.
A scene from Passing Through, screening February 2 as part of Museum of the Moving Images series L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Anthology Film Archives
Established in 1969 by a group that included filmmakers Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, Anthology Film Archives claims to be “first museum devoted to film as an art form.” Having grown beyond this original mission encompassing film preservation, a reference library dedicated to avant-garde cinema and a dynamic exhibition program, Anthology draws on its radical East Village roots to preserve and celebrate a cinematic tradition outside of the commercial mainstream. Starting February 22, Anthology presents Andrew Sarris: Expressive Esoterica, a series of films anointed by the influential critic who died last year.
2 Second Avenue, Manhattan
Based in the far western edge of Greenwich Village, Film Forum is one of the United States’ premier nonprofit film theatres. Programming a combination of NYC theatrical premieres of American independent films, foreign films, and repertory selections, genre works, festivals and directors’ retrospectives, Film Forum has been a pillar of New York’s film culture for over 40 years. Film Forum’s February schedule includes Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Amour.
209 West Houston St., Manhattan
Lehman Stages programs a range of theater, dance, music and film on the campus of Lehman College. On February 16, Lehman Stages broadcasts the popular Met in HD, with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto inspired by the adventures of the Rat Pack.
Bedford Park Boulevard West and Goulden Avenue, Bronx
Greenpoint’s Light Industry is a venue for film and electronic art program of screenings, performances and lectures with a mission to explore new models for the presentation of cinema. On February 17 they present a screening of the 1985 issue of the pioneering videocassette magazine Infermental, which seamlessly integrates amateur footage, artists’ films, ethnographic documents, video performances and music videos.
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Museum of the Moving Image
One of the only museums dedicated exclusively to film, video, and various other motion picture arts (one of their current exhibitions traces the history of video games), the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria programs a wide variety of exhibitions, screenings and events dedicated to their chosen medium. Throughout February, the museum will present L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, a series organized by the UCLA Film & Television Archive that explores the unique cinematic landscape forged in southern California starting in the late 1960s.
36-01 35 Avenue, Queens
Additional Film & Video Exhibitions and Resources
- The Brooklyn Academy of Music (bam.org) presents a full schedule of new releases, independent and international films and repertory programming.
- Downtown Community Television Center (dctvny.org) presents screenings, classes and other resources focused on documentary film making.
- Electronic Arts Intermix (eai.org) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art.
- The Film Society of Lincoln Center (filmlinc.com) presents A Close-Up of Abbas Kiarostami in February.
- Ghetto Film School (ghettofilm.org) offers programs for youth and emerging filmmakers in the art of filmmaking.
- The Maysles Institute (mayslesinstitute.org) is dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action.
- The Museum of Modern Art (moma.org) screens films in their ongoing series An Auteurist History of Film this February.
- Tribeca Film Institute (tribecafilminstitute.org) empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field.
- Women Make Movies (wmm.com) facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women.