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This Week: Naughty and Nice Shorts, 15 Oscar-Shortlisted Docs

35mmShortsNaughtyHere’s one way Santa will know who was naughty or nice: by finding out who went to Nitehawk’s Naughty 35MM Shorts vs. who went to their Nice ones.

This Friday and Saturday at noon, catch some retro cartoons and obscure holiday clips with Jack Theakson, 35mm film archivist and historian. Watch children-friendly shorts plus a rare 1948 Technicolor print of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, while you brunch for this nice “Holiday 35MM Fun Show.”

Then return at midnight when Theakson presents naughty clips from his massive 35 mm collection. See “Nude in a White Car” (you can figure out the premise), “Love For Sale” (featuring 1950s burlesque strippers both on and off stage), and “Violated” (clips featuring NYC weirdos and derelicts on the streets and in the clubs of NYC).

Here’s what else we’re Reel psyched about this Christmas week!
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This Week: An Animation Festival, a Night of Shorts, and a Chat With Neil LaBute


It’s animation through the ages this Sunday at Videology as Black Mariah Films presents ANIMATED! Taking us back to the early silent era right up to the present, Black Mariah will be showcasing animated films that not only define the era they were made in but also reveal the technological innovation and experimental nature of the artists themselves.
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Wolf Down Some Popcorn — and Meet an Actual Wolf — at These Fun Screenings

This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).

Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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This Week’s Film Fests: Pro Wrestling, Nitehawk Shorts, and Williamsburg Indies

Were you ever a Hulkamaniac? Of course you were, and so was anybody who grew up in the ’80s.  Rocks Off successfully threw their first ever rock n’ roll themed film festival a few months back and are now making their way into the world of professional wrestling. It’s a natural progression, really: Billy Corgan did it.
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Extend Your Halloween With NYC Horror Fest or Watch Godard All Day


Halloween may be over but true horror fans watch scary movies year-round. This year’s NYC Horror Fest kicks off with NYC’s very own Lloyd Kaufman — the man behind independent film company Troma for the past 40 years — being presented with a lifetime achievement award. That’ll be followed the U.S. premiere of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, which picks up right where 1986’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High leaves off. What kind of mutations will the torn down nuclear power plant spawn this time?
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Win a Prize at the Vine Film Festival or Watch the Stone Roses on the Big Screen


A six-second “film” isn’t going to stand up against classics like Goodfellas or Vertigo, but with the ADD generation upon us, maybe this is the future of film? The Vine Film Festival is awarding prizes for the best Vine movies this Saturday at Bushwick’s Bat Haus coworking space. To enter your film use the hashtag #tinylittlevideos on Vine and look for your work at the festival. Booze and prizes — awarded in all genres, so be creative — will be provided by the event’s sponsors: The Bronx Brewery, Kave Café, Northeast Kingdom and Mile’s Wine Bar. And there’s an after-party at The Rookery.

Catch these six-second masterpieces and other films about drugs, music and adoption we’re Reel Psyched about.
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Satisfy Yourself with Food Porn or Get Killed by Cuteness with Cat Films

What’s it like to get down and dirty at a food porn party? If you like “extreme eats, close-ups and food burlesque,” then keep reading.

This year’s NYC Food Film Festival hits hard, opening with “Kings of BBQ” Wednesday night. You’re invited to a VIP pre-party featuring food from Brooklyn’s Char No. 4, a screening of 1 Minute Meal: Blessed by Brisket, Mile High Pie (despite these films’ names, they’re not part of the food porn night) and The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait. Plus a special cocktail from The Winslow, sweets from Max and Mina’s, Bubby’s and Leske’s, and imported beers from Warsteiner. Oh and did we forget to mention the BBQ brisket dinner from champion pitmasters Nicole Davenport, Johnny Trigg, Tuffy Stone and John Markus? This may be the only film festival where the food is as good as the films.
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Five Film Festivals, a Cartoon Carnival, and Some Bloodsucking Freaks

The 51st New York Film Festival is going on right now, but why go above 14th Streetwhen we have four film festivals right here in our hood?

The Manhattan Short Film Festival

From September 27 through October 6 the Manhattan Short Film Festival will be screening in over 300 cities on six continents to over 100,000 people. The actual Manhattan screening will be on Thursday at Sunshine Cinema in the LES. Feel the rumble of the subway beneath you as you watch and prepare to vote for your favorite of the ten shorts.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; 4 & 7 p.m.; $12.50
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