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"CHALK" with Rob Nilsson

Friday July 26 7:00PM

Rob Nilsson in person

Directed by Rob Nilsson, winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes for Northern Lights and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Heat and Sunlight, as well as the creative leader of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Action Group and The Tenderloin yGroup acting workshops, whose participants were largely street people from the city’s skid row, Chalkcenters its drama around a rundown black pool hall operated by the dying 60-year-old Watson (Edwin Johnson). The rough-and-ready film was brilliantly shot on video by DP Mickey Freeman and produced by Rand Crook and Ethan Sing. Watson’s two sons—doted-on, adopted Chinese-American pool prodigy T.C. (Kelvin Han Yee), and Jones (Johnnie Reese), Watson’s child with a Korean woman he met during the Korean War—vie for their father’s affections, culminating in a can’t-win match between T.C. and a ranking pro (Don Bajema), arranged by the spurned Jones. “An Oedipal drama so raw it feels like falling facedown onto a pile of bricks... Nilsson combines a performance-oriented, Cassavetes-like realism with a painterly, expressionist sense of color and composition...”—Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

"CHALK" with Rob Nilsson

Saturday July 27 4:30PM

Rob Nilsson in person on 7/26 at 7pm & 7/27 at 4:30pm.

Directed by Rob Nilsson, winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes for Northern Lights and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Heat and Sunlight, as well as the creative leader of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Action Group and The Tenderloin yGroup acting workshops, whose participants were largely street people from the city’s skid row, Chalk centers its drama around a rundown black pool hall operated by the dying 60-year-old Watson (Edwin Johnson). The rough-and-ready film was brilliantly shot on video by DP Mickey Freeman and produced by Rand Crook and Ethan Sing. Watson’s two sons—doted-on, adopted Chinese-American pool prodigy T.C. (Kelvin Han Yee), and Jones (Johnnie Reese), Watson’s child with a Korean woman he met during the Korean War—vie for their father’s affections, culminating in a can’t-win match between T.C. and a ranking pro (Don Bajema), arranged by the spurned Jones. “An Oedipal drama so raw it feels like falling facedown onto a pile of bricks... Nilsson combines a performance-oriented, Cassavetes-like realism with a painterly, expressionist sense of color and composition...”—Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

"SHARE" with Pippa Bianco and Rhianne Barreto

Saturday July 27 8:00PM

Director Pippa Bianco and star Rhianne Barreto in person on 7/27

After a night of partying, high-school sophomore Mandy discovers that a series of cell-phone videos of her—half-dressed and semiconscious—have gone viral. Struggling to piece together what happened, reeling at how quickly the normalcy of her life has been upended, unsure about her friends’ attempts to usher her back into their normal social routine, and uneasy about her parents’ inclination to take action on her behalf, Mandy has to navigate a landscape littered with others’ good intentions and find a way to heal from a wound she can’t identify. Based on her 2015 short of the same name, which won the Cannes Cinefondation Award, Share is Bianco’s feature debut; after winning for screenwriting and acting at its Sundance premiere, the film screened in competition at Cannes.

An A24 and HBO Films release.

"ASHES AND DIAMONDS" with Walter Bernstein

Sunday July 28 5:00PM

Walter Bernstein in person

On the occasion of his one-hundredth birthday, I asked legendary screenwriter Walter Bernstein (Fail Safe, The Magnificent Seven, The Front, The Molly Maguires, That Kind of Woman) to choose a film dear to him that he would like to share— either one he has been involved with in his decades-long career (including the many years he worked pseudonymously while blacklisted during the McCarthy era) or one he simply loves. He chose Ashes and Diamonds, Andrej Wajda’s searing 1958 masterpiece about a young Polish Nationalist Army assassin, tasked in the last days of World War 2 to kill a communist official. Please join Walter Bernstein for this special screening in honor of his hundredth birthday.—James Schamus

"THE TRIP + THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR" with Eileen Myles

Sunday August 18 7:00PM

New York Premiere of Eileen Myles' THE TRIP

"I’m a huge fan of Frank Wilderson’s Red, Black, & White. In it I read about Ivan Dixon’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door. He quoted the following about its screening history: “Reluctantly released by United Artists, The Spook Who Sat by the Door attracted lines that went around the block at the back-alley theaters in which it was booked. Weeks later, after a National Guard Armory in California was robbed (much in the same way that had been depicted in the movie), the film was snatched off the screen and pulled from distribution.” I think my own short film engages politics, and especially the politics of the region I shot it in which is America finally because it must. I’ve been dying to see Dixon's film since I read about it. I’m pairing it with The Trip because I can and because I crave the experience of seeing a film with an audience that probably hungers for its news today at least as much as I do."—Eileen Myles