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March 2019

Partner Screening

Paternal Rites

Friday March 29 @ 6:00 pm
Museum of Moving Image (MoMI), 36-01 35 Ave
Astoria, NY 11106 United States

Dir. Jules Rosskam, 2018, USA, 82 mins
Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film that examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives. It is also a groundbreaking film about the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing. Paternal Rites draws inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and the long lineage of LGBT essay filmmakers in the U.S. such as Jenni Olson, Marlon Riggs, and Richard Fung.
Presented as part of Queens World Film Festival

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April 2019

NewFest at The Center Presents

Wild Nights With Emily

Wednesday April 3 @ 7:00 pm
Screening Room at The Center, 208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States

Dir. Madeleine Olnek, 2018, USA, 84 mins
Free Pre-Release Screening
In quiet mid-19th century Amherst, Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, if clandestine affair with her sister-in-law Susan, who conveniently lives next door. While seeking publication of some of her nearly 2,000 poems, Dickinson faces condescending male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her writing seriously. Eventually, her work attracts the attention of a scheming would-be writer, who also happens to be Emily’s brother’s lover, and sees Emily’s poetry as a vehicle for her own creative ambitions. Beneath the quips, period fripperies and not so secret trysts is a moving drama of thwarted passion both romantic and artistic that is also a timely critique of how Emily Dickinson’s life was posthumously recast for the genteel sensibilities of her late Victorian readership – a view of her that still dominates today.
Talkback with director Madeleine Olnek to follow

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Fun Down There (1989)

Tuesday April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011 United States

Dir. Roger Stigliano, 1989, USA, 89 mins, 16mm
Winner of Berlinale’s prestigious Teddy Award in 1989, Roger Stigliano’s debut film takes a charmingly droll and optimistic approach to the coming-out-while-coming-of-age portrait. Co-writer Michael Waite stars as Buddy, an innocent upstate NY guy who lands in Manhattan and wanders through hip house parties and cafes in search of his tribe. Mixing the deadpan candor of early Jim Jarmusch with refreshingly naturalistic gay sex scenes, this relic of queer cinema is overdue for rediscovery. Co-shot and co-edited by the great Peggy Ahwesh, FUN DOWN THERE is replete with atmospheric footage of the late-80s East Village.
Q&A with director Roger Stigliano

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