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Win Tix to Visitors, By Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio of Koyaanisqatsi

Back in July, we posted the trailer for Visitors, the new one from Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass of Koyaanisqatsi. The film makes its New York City premiere at Sunshine Cinema this Friday and Saturday, with director Reggio and editor Jon Kane in the house, and we’re psyched to be able to give away two pairs of tickets.
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This Week: Activist Nuns, a Music-Video Battle and ’70s Performance Artists

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

In conjunction with the Whitney Museum’s Rituals of Rented Island, Anthology Film Archives is presenting Further Rituals of Rented Island. During the 1970s performance art flourished in what performance artist/filmmaker Jack Smith dubbed “Rented Island” — better known as downtown Manhattan. Artists took to working in unconventional spaces like lofts, storefronts and even Anthology way back when it was in SoHo. They created new forms of art and expression while posing the question, who needs commercial art?
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Revisit Punk With Desperate Teenage Lovedolls or Folk With Don’t Look Back


Spectacle’s month-long Rockuary series is going full force from the start with a David Markey double feature you can’t afford to miss…

This Friday at 7:30 p.m. catch Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and, at 9:30 p.m., its follow-up, Lovedolls Superstar. Two girls decide to start a band, find a drummer, a manager and battle it out with rival bands, gangs and anyone else who dares to get in the way. The band’s manager Johnny Tremaine is played by Steven Shane McDonald of Red Kross and Off! and the movies feature music by Red Kross, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth and more. This is a definitive piece of punk rock history! The screenings are only $5 a pop and are back-to-back.

Catch these and other films about possessed cats, mutilated children and Bob Dylan we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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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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Party With Videology’s Open Bar or Partake in Spectacle’s Favorites of 2013

We’re officially in end-of-year mode, which means reading endless year-end lists, working extra hours to pay for Christmas gifts, and hopefully going to Spectacle Theater night after night to catch their Best of Spectacle 2013 series. Their December program features some moments from 2013 you may have missed: it’s their “Now That’s What I Call Hits” but they call it “BoS2K13.” Highlights for this week include: The Embryo Hunts in Secret (12/16), Boxer (12/18), Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore (12/19), Marquis (12/20), and Anti-Clock (12/21). For a complete list go here!

Catch these and other trilogies, parties and X-mas movies we’re Reel Psyched about this 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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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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