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Dirs. Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill present 'THE REAGAN SHOW'

Friday June 30 7:00PM
Dirs. Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill present 'THE REAGAN SHOW'

A Q&A with Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill, and Matt Wolf will follow the June 30, 7pm screening.

A Q&A with Sierra Pettengill and Maxim Pozdorovkin will follow the July 1, 5pm screening.

A Q&A with Sierra Pettengill and Eric Hynes will follow the July 2, 7pm screening.

The Reagan Show is an all-archival documentary about the original performer-president’s role of a lifetime. Teasing apart the spectacle at the heart of finger-on-the-button global diplomacy, the film follows Ronald Reagan's rivalry with charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, tracing how the Communicator-in-Chief uses his public relations chops to overcome Soviet mistrust, the objections of a skeptical press corps and the looming threat of WWIII. Chock full of wit and political irony, and told solely through 1980s network news and videotapes created by the Reagan administration itself, the film explores Reagan’s made-for-TV approach to politics as he faced down the United States’ greatest rival.

2017 / 75min / DCP
DIRECTOR: PACHO VELEZ AND SIERRA PETTENGILL

Dir. Alison Maclean presents 'JESUS' SON'

Thursday July 6 7:00PM
Dir. Alison Maclean presents 'JESUS' SON'

Director Alison Maclean will introduce the 7pm screening in tribute to the late Denis Johnson whose short story collection Jesus’ Son was the basis for her film.

"It’s a real challenge to make a film from a book you love fiercely, but Denis’ voice was our guide. Denis mostly kept his distance though he did get involved in critical ways, writing a new scene for the film and sending numerous mix tapes: music from the time he wrote the book, and the time he wrote about. And he was game to appear as the man with a knife in his eye. His death is a huge loss."–Alison Maclean

1999 / 107min / 35mm
DIRECTOR: ALISON MACLEAN
CAST: BILLY CRUDUP, SAMANTHA MORTON, JACK BLACK, HOLLY HUNTER, DENIS LEARY, DENNIS HOPPER

Dir. ALISON MACLEAN presents 'THE REHEARSAL'

Friday July 7 7:00PM
Dir. ALISON MACLEAN  presents 'THE REHEARSAL'

Q&A with Alison Maclean.

The Rehearsal marks the miraculous, long-awaited return to filmmaking by Alison Maclean; written by Maclean and author Emily Perkins, The Rehearsal is based on the novel by Man Booker award-winner Eleanor Catton. Stanley (James Rolleston), a naïve 1st year drama student meets Isolde (Ella Edward) and begins a sweet, first love affair. Goaded by Hannah (Kerry Fox) , the charismatic, domineering Head of Acting, Stanley uncovers a talent and ambition he didn’t know he had. When his group hits on a sex scandal that involves Isolde’s tennis prodigy sister as fertile material for their end-of-year show, Stanley finds himself profoundly torn.

2016 / 102min / DCP
DIRECTOR: ALISON MACLEAN
CAST: JAMES ROLLESTON, KERRY FOX, ELLA EDWARD, ALICE ENGLERT

Dir. James Toback presents 'TWO GIRLS AND A GUY'

Thursday July 13 7:00PM
Dir. James Toback presents 'TWO GIRLS AND A GUY'

James Toback in person for an introduction and Q&A.

“James Toback’s Two Girls and a Guy evokes by its title the tinny old Hollywood date-movies with production code-driven platonic competitions for a happy-ending kiss and embrace. As it plays, however, in all its once-prohibited frankness, Two Girls and a Guy is derived more from the early French, wry, nouvelle vague romances…[Two Girls and A Guy] enables two artists living on the edge in life and in art to walk a tightrope above the yawning abyss of excessive self-absorption and self-indulgence.”—Andrew Sarris

1997 / 84min / 35mm
DIRECTOR: JAMES TOBACK
CAST: ROBERT DOWNEY JR, HEATHER GRAHAM, NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER

Dir. Ben Barenholtz and star Darya Ekamasova present 'Alina'

Wednesday July 26 7:00PM
Dir. Ben Barenholtz and star Darya Ekamasova present 'Alina'

For this special sneak preview Director Ben Barenholtz and star Darya Ekamasova will be in person for an intro and Q&A.

Ben Barenholtz, a legend and innovator of independent cinema in New York, presents Alina, an ultra low-budget film and his narrative feature debut at the age of 81. Alina follows the odyssey of a young Russian woman (played by Darya Ekamasova, one of Russia’s most accomplished actresses), who arrives in New York looking for her father, with only a 25-year-old photo in her possession to help. Filmed on location at the historic Russian Samovar, Alina is the long overdue directorial debut of one of the most important figures in independent cinema.

Ben Barenholtz is a film producer, distributor and exhibitor, who programmed the legendary Elgin Theater, and can be thanked for the phenomenon of the midnight movie, introducing the concept to New York with El Topo and Eraserhead. As a producer and distributor, he is responsible for introducing the world to the films of the Coen Brothers, John Woo’s The Killer, John Sayles’ Return of the Secaucus 7, as well as many more.