Welcome to Reel Psyched, our weekly rundown of movies we’re especially excited to see.
Escape from New York
Get served Greenpoint brews and an array of appetizing plates while watching Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) save the president from a dystopian “future” (1997) Manhattan. Wednesday, June 11, 7:30pm at Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave); $65 for four-course meal and beer pairings as part of the Film Feasts series; also showing Saturday June 14, 12:15am (minus the booze and food) More →
Nan Goldin shot to fame with her visceral, heart-wrenching photographs of the drug-addled, sex-strewn lives of her East Village “tribe” in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Despite her Bostonian roots, everything about the photographer—her art, her voice, her hair, her trademark chain-smoking neuroticism—screams New York. More →
Hate the sun? Are you… a vampire? Even if the answer to both those questions is no (whatever…) you should still check out these films playing this week.
The Dance of Reality
Legendary weirdo, avant-garde hero, and occultist extraordinaire Alejandro Jodorowsky returns after a 14-year filmmaking hiatus with an autobiographical film about his childhood growing up in a small Chilean town. Jodorowsky’s films are psychedelic experiences that are only fully realized on the big screen– so definitely don’t miss this one. Now playing at Sunshine Cinema at 143 E Houston St., Lower East Side. More →
“My Name Is Jonah” makes its NYC premiere at the fest.
Deep pockets don’t impress Shannon Walker and Tony Castle, two of the directors of the upcoming LES Film Festival (and co-workers at Noho production company BFD Productions). “We like to showcase people who innovate with things other than money,” says Castle. “You know, there’s something endearing about watching a film where you can understand how they put it all together, in a really imaginative way.” Music to the ears of struggling filmmakers everywhere. More →
Still from Tonitas, courtesy of Brooklyn Film Festival.
“Brooklyn is exploding right now,” says Nathan Kensinger, and he should know. For months, the documentary filmmaker and photographer has been working hard on the lineup for the 17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival, which kicks off this Friday. More →
From left: stars Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott with directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.
While many spent their glorious Saturday afternoons rolling out to the Rockaways, we spent it in a darkened movie theater, watching a film about a pair of friends trying to get to the hip strip of sand. Fort Tilden, coming off of a Grand Jury Award at SXSW, screened at the inaugural Vulture Festival, but don’t sweat it if you missed it — during a q&a with New York critic David Edelstein, directors Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss revealed that the film would also show at the Lower East Side Film Festival and Northside, both of which start June 12. More →
Speaking of Sun Ra, his fellow pioneers of avant-garde jazz, the New York Art Quartet, are the subject of a new documentary playing at Anthology Film Archives next month. And Amiri Baraka, who collaborated with them both, will be honored with a four-day screening series. More →
Adam Rapp’s new film – featuring the playwright, novelist and screenwriter’s East Village neighbors Sam Rockwell and Natasha Lyonne – had its Tribeca Film Festival premiere in (where else?) the East Village last night. More →