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Light Industry Cinema Celebrates Five Years as a Brooklyn Bright Spot

Inside of a simple wooden box, elevated about five feet off the ground, sits a 16mm Elmo film projector. The sound of its spinning reels is muffled by foam egg crates, and its lens is aimed at a far wall. This is the beating heart of Light Industry, an experimental, repertory cinema that’s celebrating five years in Greenpoint.

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Week in Film: Pooh-Pooh the ‘Sad Exigencies of Plot,’ and a ‘Mind-Numbing’ Satanic Crime Caper

(Via Light Industry)

(Via Light Industry)

Projective Life 
Tuesday November 22, 7:30 pm at Light Industry: $8 at the door

Light Industry is billing next week’s screening event as a reading (“broadly defined”), which sounds interesting but also begs the question: lol what?

As you may or may not know, Light Industry is more or less a cinema and film discussion forum, but with Projective Life they’re opening up the floor to some good old-fashion poetry and prose, setting the stage for an interesting dialogue between the oral/literary and their usual video and projection modes and getting rid of the “sad exigencies of plot” altogether: “Under these conditions, a film can act as a reading and reading may become a kind of film.”

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Week in Film: See the Stooges Have a Real Cool Time and Get Shrieked at a Spooky Film Streak


Gimme Danger
Friday October 28 through Thursday November 3 at IFC Center: $14.50

I’m hoping at least a few of you out there, like me, are cursed/blessed by a bizarro Pavlovian response to the words “No Fun”– whenever they’re uttered, even in passing, you immediately drop whatever or whoever you’re doing, wherever you may be, and start thrashing around like a seahorse at the tail end of his week-long soak in a Benzedrine bath.

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Week in Film: Steam Shower Romps, Dishin’ it Back to the Catcallers, and Alt Newsreels


Spa Night
Thursday September 8, 7:45 pm at Metrograph: $15

This one’s been held over at the Metrograph again and it looks like this is finally, actually, literally the last time you can catch Spa Night within the stylish confines of the Lower East Side’s newest art house theater and perhaps the only ciné in the whole wide city with a concession stand that looks like it was designed by a serial killer. You’ll find that Spa Night is replete with that very same understated but stylish weirdness. It’s a quiet, crawling film fraught by teeth-gritting tension so overwhelming you get the feeling everything’s about to come crashing down if you breathe too loudly.

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Week in Film: a Berliner Thriller and Rarely Seen Vids Shot By a Downtown ‘Ethnographer’

Still from Michel Auder film (via Light Industry / Facebook)

Still from Michel Auder film (via Light Industry / Facebook)

Michel Auder + Rebekah Rutkoff: Sunsets and Other Stars
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm at Light Industry: $8 at the door
French artist, photographer, and filmmaker Michel Auder left France in the ’70s for New York City, where he’s resided ever since. He’s maybe best known as Cindy Sherman’s ex-husband (JK, but for real — how do you compete with Cindy Sherman?). Much of his video work (though apparently Auder “did not consider it fine art”) consists of ethnographic snapshots and sceney vignettes, the stuff of Auder’s cool Downtown life amongst artists like Annie Sprinkle, Larry Rivers, Hannah Wilke, among others.

But another good chunk of his focus was deadly personal. Take My Last Bag of Heroin (For Real), a 1993 piece which shows the filmmaker, who battled with heroin addiction for many years, breaking apart a glassine baggie of heroin onto a piece of aluminum foil and smoking the stuff. The video demonstrates the banality of drug use, often depicted as an explosively orgasmic experience, particularly in film.

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Week in Film: Japanese Horror Cats Hungry for Human and Paranoid Rural Stock Schemes

It’s as good a week as any to catch some films and with one of our besties going outta commission soon (temporarily, thankfully) we’re encouraging you to cinematically tie one on and mainline all the movies you can possibly handle now, and actually just forever. Do consider jumping, because we’ve got plenty of product for you below.

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Week in Film: Hobo Graffiti and a Movie Fest for the Old School Freaks

Don’t even think about having something better to do than checking out a movie this weekend and beyond. We’ve got some great stuff right here including a totally creepy documentary about notorious polygamist Warren Jeffs, a Coney Island-based film festival for the freaks, and this fascinating looking doc (see the trailer above) about train hoppers and their mysterious hieroglyphs.

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Week in Film: DJ Party Life, Cops in Action, and One Legendary Wig

We’ve got a lot to look forward to this summer when it comes to film, we’re rather pleased to hear about a couple of serious outdoor film fests spotlighting movies for film heads. But if rain does hit or you get sick of sunning it up in favor of a cold, dark, refrigerator-like vacation from people and sun-fun and this most jolly of seasons, you’ve always got our humble lil list to tap for ways to escape. This week, we’ve got a film about the whirlwind romp that was one French DJ’s life, one very important wig, and the cray cray life of a Beach Boy.

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Week in Film: Attack of the Sleep Demons and Flashback to Reagan Doom


Winter demons be gone, will you not?! How many of our yearly allotment of BBQs and rooftop hang outs have we lost already to this arctic blast that cares for no one and forgives nothing? How many more will we lose before we’re spared this suffering? Try not to think about it. Or rather, distract yourself with this friendly assortment of film things.

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Week in Film: Public-Access Cosmonauts, 15-Year-Old Cult Leader and More

It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep your attention, dear readers. What with palm tree paradises popping up at Rockaway and the smell of BBQs now ubiquitous. Don’t miss out on such luxuries, dear readers. But if you don’t want to turn into an unfeeling blob, sucking down nothing but frozen margs and “beach reads” (shudder), then you gotta keep dosing yourself with a hefty shot of culture every now and then, now don’t you? Well this week we’ve got a variety of fantastic films, documentaries, and never-realized TV series for you to choose from. Consume wisely.

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This Week in Film: Italian Knifings, Yakuza Blood Baths, And Providence Noise

Fancy seeing you here, reader. This week, we have one eye to the distant cinematic past and another to the more recent. In light of SXSW happening in, like, five minutes we can’t really compete with all the newness that’ll be coming out of Austin (yes, it’s also a film fest, guys). And if you’re stuck in humble New York City, then take this time not to be jelly of everyone down there having fun in the sun, but to brush up on some (lesser known) classics and maybe what you’ve missed in the past several years.

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Week In Film: Murderous Romance, Necrophilia, and Dada Pseudo-Film

All sorts of weird things are happening this weekend– Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day, Fashion Week– which leads me to believe that something awful is going on with the planets. Like, considering that no one has yet promised to buy me dinner and shower me in useless gifts on V-day, something is really, really off. And only something as powerful as the stars could make such impossible circumstances a reality.
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