What’s more appropriate than a surf film festival in October? We’re not sure, but we’re all going to be California dreaming after this Thursday’s annual New York Surf Film Festival at Nitehawk Cinema.
Each program consists of several short films documenting the art of surfboarding. Whether it’s the anonymous surfer on the iconic Surfing Life cover back in the ’90s who was given the chance to compete against the best surfer in the world 20 years later in “Waverider,” or the story of John Bettie, a lifelong surfer who suffered a stroke in 2007 and traded in his board for a video camera in “A Hundred Miles to the End,” we’re all going to be nostalgic for summer.
Catch these and other films about serial killers, Sunnydale and a lot of David Lynch we’re reel psyched about this week.
It’s the return of Clive Barker’s feature directorial debut, about a man who’s lost his human body in some alternative hellish universe to S&M demons called Cenobites. The only way to return to his human body is by drinking human blood, and his ex-lover will lure strangers back to the house where he’s hiding to help. Show up early to pregame with Enid’s all night happy hour starting at 10 p.m.
Enid’s, 560 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint; Midnight; Free
Pearl Jam Twenty
As Pearl Jam Week gets ready to kick off on Monday and 48 of the band’s songs are being repurposed as the soundtrack to this year’s World Series, what better time can there be than now to revisit Pearl Jam’s history? It’s been over 20 years since the band that stopped doing music videos after MTV censored their original video for Jeremy and boycotted Ticketmaster for monopolizing the ticket service industry has erupted into the spotlight. How does a band that alienates themselves from all the outlets every other band uses to become successful actually become successful, and remain in the spotlight for so long?
indieScreen, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $12
The return of Twin Peaks Bingo!
Videology brings back a bingo night that is both wonderful and strange. If you love cherry pie, donuts and a damn fine cup of coffee, then get ready to throw down your bingo chips and win some free booze.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 8:30; Free
Kill Your Darlings + Filmmaker John Krokidas in person
Harry Potter as Allen Ginsberg? Sure! Taking us back to 1944, Kill Your Darlings recounts the pivotal years, which would introduce Ginsberg to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. After a man is murdered Ginsberg is faced with a decision that will possibly put his new friend Lucien in jail.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; $13.50 Filmmaker appearances Fri, Oct. 18 at 7:00 & 9:30pm; Sat at 4:45 & 7:00pm & Sun at 7:00 & 9:30pm
An Evening with Barry Gifford
Catch author Barry Gifford for a discussion and a screening of two episodes from the David Lynch HBO series Hotel Room — both written by Gifford. Gifford will talk about his life as an author, poet and screenwriter, in addition to his many collaborations with Lynch. He’ll also be signing copies of his latest book The Roy Stories and will be appearing at Book Thug Nation earlier in the day for a reading and reception.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S Fourth St, Williamsburg 8 p.m.; $5
International Film Festival Manhattan
IFFM features narratives, documentaries, shorts and more in diverse genres and on various subjects, from all over the world. With a focus on social relevance each program lends itself to the filmmaker’s goal and vision, with discussions, Q&As and themed screenings. Films include “Send No Flowers,” “Cancer Warriors,” “Snake Eyes” and more. For a complete list: http://iffmnewyork.com
Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave., Lower East Side; $12-$14
TV Hangover presents Buffy the Vampire Slayer party
Halloween is coming and the countdown has begun! Featuring two Halloween episodes, trivia, a drinking game, and hopefully a costume contest, Videology is hosting a night of all things Buffy. Hang with Spike, Willow, Angel, Xander and the rest of the “Scooby Gang.”
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; $5
CUT TO BLACK
A disgraced NYPD detective is now a convicted felon, struggling with debt, alcoholism and carrying on an affair with his landlord’s wife. Looking for redemption he accepts an offer to help an old friend reconcile with his estranged daughter by agreeing to get rid of her stalker. But as he enters the girl’s world many unexpected twists begin to unravel and suddenly many lives are on the line. Winner of the Brooklyn Film Festival’s 2013 Audience Award.
Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village; $11
Continuing with the 35th anniversary celebration of John Carpenter’s Halloween, the tale continues with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (and next week will be Halloween 5). Skipping Halloween 2, most likely because it’s the only movie in the series that takes place on Nov. 1st instead of Halloween, and Halloween 3, cause it has no relation to Michael Myers, Myers wakes from a coma and begins to hunt down his niece in Haddonfield. Also worth a mention, the original Carrie will also begin screening this same night.
Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., East Village; Midnight; $14