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100 Years: Film Studies in Past, Present and Future

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This year marks the 100th year since the first ever university-level course in Film Studies in the US was offered at Columbia University. To mark that anniversary, we are reflecting on how Film Studies has developed as a scholarly discipline over the last century and what challenges it faces in our rapidly expanding digital landscape.

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100% Dakar – More Than Art

Sandra Krampelhuber, 2014

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U.S. Premiere | Q&A with Sandra Krampelhuber on May 9

This documentary offers a vibrant portrait of the youthful and creative arts scene in Dakar, revealing a world of people who stand for a passionate, collective, and creative fight against all economic and political burdens in Senegal’s buzzing capital city. Screening with The Prophecy (Marcia Juzga, Senegal, 20m).

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1st NYFF53 Main Slate Film

1st NYFF53 Main Slate Film

2015

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1st NYFF53 Main Slate Film Summary

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3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets

Marc Silver, 2015

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Opening Night

Post-screening panel with Marc Silver, Orlando Bagwell, and Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

This riveting documentary explores the danger and subjectivity of Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense laws by investigating the trial of Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man who in 2012, after a brief altercation about the volume of their music, fired 10 bullets into the car of four unarmed African-American teenagers, killing one of them. Winner of a Special Jury Award for Social Impact, U.S. Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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42nd Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Robert Redford

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Join us as we salute the Academy Award–winning director, actor, producer, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute, Mr. Robert Redford.

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54: The Director’s Cut

Mark Christopher, 2015

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Q&A with director Mark Christopher, producer Ira Deutchman, editor Lee Percy, and production designer Kevin Thompson, followed by a dance party with free Stella beer and music by Viva Radio

Seventeen years after being asked to reshoot key scenes and re-edit his portrait of New York’s legendary disco palace, Mark Christopher’s director’s cut restores his gritty, Dionysian vision of the club where “the stars are nobody because everybody’s a star.”

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A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day

Edward Yang, 1991

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Students & Seniors: $13
Members: $12

Yang’s deeply personal epic about a rebellious teenager in the early 1960s, inspired by Taiwan’s first juvenile homicide case.

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A Dazzling Imagination

Daniel Bird, 2014

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This program of documentaries—all directed by series co-curator Daniel Bird—sheds light on the life and sui generis career of Borowczyk, ranging from his early animations, his erotic feature films, and his artwork beyond the realm of cinema.

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A Dream Is What You Wake Up From

Larry Bullard, Carolyn Johnson, 1978

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Q&A with filmmaker JT Takagi of Third World Newsreel, archivist Elena Rossi-Snook of the NYPL for the Performing Arts, and curator Clairesa Clay

Three black families, observed in their daily lives, their thoughts, values, and aspirations expressed on the soundtrack, as well as their different approaches to the struggle for survival in contemporary society.

Screening with Black Faces (Young Filmmakers Foundation, 1970, 16mm, 1m)

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A Fool

Chen Jianbin, 2014

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North American Premiere

Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut is a harsh noir about an honest farmer’s efforts to help a young homeless man that instead set off a chain of disasters, serving as a reminder of man’s inhumanity when faced with greed.

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A Hero of Our Times

Mario Monicelli , 1957

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A hard-charging boor exploits his widowed boss’s affections in this blackly comedic rumination on postwar amorality from Big Deal on Madonna Street director Mario Monicelli.

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A Night of Film and Food: El Bulli

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For the third year, New Wave (film lovers under 40) is partnering with the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) to present a fabulous evening of film and food. Guests will enjoy a special screening of the acclaimed film El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, followed by a reception featuring some of New York's finest chefs, cocktails, beer, and wine.

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A Woman Like Me

Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti, 2015

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Join us for a special screening in memory of Film Program alumna Alex Sichel (’95). A Woman Like Me is a hybrid documentary that interweaves the real story of director Alex Sichel, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011, with the fictional story of a woman trying to stay positive after her own diagnosis. 

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Abashiri Prison

Teruo Ishii, 1965

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The first entry in Toei’s hugely successful Abashiri Prison yakuza film series, directed by Teruo Ishii, established Ken Takakura’s superstar status. If you want to understand Ken's enormous popularity, this is the film that started it all. In many ways, this is the invention of the Japanese man.

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Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent

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SK1 star Nathalie Baye, who started her career with François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat, and Jean-Luc Godard, will sit down with Breathe director Mélanie Laurent, well known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds, Beginners, and Enemy and discuss their career, working with U.S. directors, and much more.

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Afrique 50 and New Short Works

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Q&A with Peggy Ahwesh and Basim Magdy

This program features new works by avant-garde artists Basim Magdy, Ben Russell, and Peggy Ahwesh, along with a key work from the late René Vautier, whose Afrique 50 remains one of the most vital and urgent examples of the camera’s power to write—and rewrite—history.

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All That Jazz

Bob Fosse, 1979

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Panel discussion with assistant choreographer Gene Foote, Nicole Fosse, and dancers from the film!

“It’s showtime, folks!” Roy Scheider is never less than captivating in Bob Fosse’s semi-autobiographical musical extravaganza, back on the big screen after a 15-year 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation.

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American Cheerleader

James Pellerito, David Barba, 2014

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Q&A with James Pellerito and David Barba!

Two high-school teams—one from New Jersey and one from Kentucky—empowered by families and devoted coaches, redefine what it means to be an American cheerleader today in this engrossing documentary.

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Amy

Asif Kapadia, 2015

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Asif Kapadia’s immersive portrait of Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse interweaves live performances, previously unheard tracks, and exclusive archival footage to craft a gripping tribute to this enduring and tragic artist.

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An Evening with Jessie Maple

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Q&A with Jessie Maple and Leroy Patton

An evening with trailblazer and pioneer Jessie Maple, the first African-American woman to gain entry in New York’s camera operators union. This program will include her feature debut, Will, the story of a basketball coach fighting demons and dealing with modern urban life.

Will (Jessie Maple, 1981, 70m)

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