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Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, and James Schamus present 'CASTING JONBENET'

Friday April 28 7:00PM
Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, and James Schamus present 'CASTING JONBENET'

Q&A with director Kitty Green and producers Scott Macaulay and James Schamus following the 7pm show on Friday, April 28.

Casting JonBenet is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey. After years of media speculation and public fascination, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet. Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.

Official Selection, Sundance 2017
A Netflix Original Documentary

2017 / 84min / DCP

DIRECTOR: KITTY GREEN

Tanya Hamilton presents 'NIGHT CATCHES US'

Sunday April 30 3:45PM
Tanya Hamilton presents 'NIGHT CATCHES US'

Intro and Q&A with filmmaker Tanya Hamilton

In the bicentennial year of 1976 Marcus (Anthony Mackie) comes home to his former Philadelphia neighborhood, where he picks up with an old friend (Kerry Washington) who shares the same memories of the Black Panther movement and since co-opted youthful idealism. Hamilton’s debut feature is a wise, remorseful, politically aware drama, and one of the best films of the decade.

2010 / 90min / 35mm
DIRECTOR: TANYA HAMILTON
CAST: ANTHONY MACKIE, KERRY WASHINGTON, JAMARA GRIFFIN

Azazel Jacobs & Debra Winger present 'THE LOVERS'

Wednesday May 3 7:00PM
Azazel Jacobs & Debra Winger present 'THE LOVERS'

Azazel Jacobs and Debra Winger in person

Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers is about an affair–an affair that heats up, unforeseen, between a disenchanted, dreaming-of-divorce couple who are each already having complicated, adulterous affairs with other people. Starring Debra Winger in her most complex role in recent years and Tracy Letts in a breakout performance, as the wife and husband two-timing on the lovers they are two-timing with, the film hones in on the comedic and often heart-wrenching ways that human beings express their need to be loved. The latest from Jacobs “drops ordinary present-day suburbanites into the stylized plot of a 1930s comedy of remarriage,” (Vogue) and continues to confirm his place at the forefront of American cinema.

2017 / 94min / DCP
DIRECTOR: AZAZEL JACOBS
CAST: DEBRA WINGERS, TRACY LETTS, JESSICA SULA, AIDAN GILLEN
An A24 release

Dir. Feras Fayyad & Co-Dir. Steen Johannessen present LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

Wednesday May 3 7:15PM
Dir. Feras Fayyad & Co-Dir. Steen Johannessen present LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

Director Feras Fayyad and Co-Director Steen Johannessen will appear in person.

Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad in collaboration with Aleppo Media Center filmed the Syrian war for two years, which led to this breathtaking work, an imperative piece of boots-on-the-ground reportage following the exploits of the White Helmets, a search and rescue organization who indefatigably struggle on amidst Aleppo’s humanitarian catastrophe, looking for signs of life amid the rubble of a ruined city. Displaying remarkable calm and compositional clarity amidst chaos, Last Men in Aleppo embodies the agony and euphoria of its subject’s life and death work.

2017 / 110min / DCP
DIRECTOR: FERAS FAYYAD

BOB BALABAN presents 'GOSFORD PARK'

Wednesday May 10 7:00PM
BOB BALABAN presents 'GOSFORD PARK'

Introduction and Q&A with Bob Balaban

Robert Altman’s classic whodunit set over a shooting weekend at an English country estate in 1932 features a peerless ensemble cast portraying the upstairs-downstairs array of guests and servants, fusing the spirits of Agatha Christie and Jean Renoir in this arthouse hit. Bob Balaban, who created and produced the movie, plays a holidaying American film producer and joins Metrograph for this one-night-only screening to discuss the film’s production. The screenplay comes courtesy Julian Fellowes, who would continue to dissect the English class system in Downton Abbey.

2001 / 131min / DCP
DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALTMAN
CAST: BOB BALABAN, MAGGIE SMITH, MICHAEL GAMBON, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, CAMILLA RUTHERFORD, CHARLES DANCE, GERALDINE SOMERVILLE, RYAN PHILLIPPE

Ian Buruma presents 'THE MAKIOKA SISTERS'

Saturday May 13 2:00PM
Ian Buruma presents 'THE MAKIOKA SISTERS'

Introduced by critic and historian Ian Buruma

Among the greatest Japanese films of the 1980s, Kon Ichikawa’s wistful adaptation of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s novel about the four daughters of a prosperous Osaka family in decline, set in the before-the-storm year of 1938, is a movie marked by moments of unspoken longing and overpowering beauty (a parade of gorgeous kimono fabrics, a viewing of the spring cherry blossoms) born forth on an anachronistic-yet-somehow-perfect synth score. At once a touching requiem for both the prewar era and classic Japanese cinema.

The Makioka Sisters is presented by Metrograph and New Directions in celebration of the official launch of two major discoveries by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki: an early novella, Devils in Daylight, and his astonishing final work, The Maids—now available in English. Both will be available in the Metrograph book store.

1983 / 140min / 35mm
DIRECTOR: KON ICHIKAWA
CAST: YOSHIKO SAKUMA, SAYURI YOSHINAGA, YÛKO KOTEGAWA, JÛZÔ ITAMI

Steven Soderbergh, David Siegel & Scott McGehee present 'SUTURE'

Saturday May 13 7:00PM
Steven Soderbergh, David Siegel & Scott McGehee present 'SUTURE'

Directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee in conversation with Steven Soderbergh following the film

Lumped in with the then-contemporary “neo-noir” cycle but actually quite unlike anything else on the scene, Siegel and McGehee’s brain-twisting murder mystery in sordid black-and-white widescreen has Dennis Haysbert as the classic fall guy, stricken with amnesia after his near-identical half-brother (Michael Harris) swaps their identities and pins a family murder on him—all this before a plastic surgeon called Renee Descartes (Mel Harris) shows up. A cult item whose advocates include Steven Soderbergh, who will be on hand to plumb the depths of its mysteries with the filmmakers.

1993 / 96min / DCP
DIRECTOR: DAVID SIEGEL AND SCOTT MCGEHEE
CAST: DENNIS HAYSBERT, MEL HARRIS, SAB SHIMONO, DINA MERRILL, MICHAEL HARRIS

Charlie Ahearn presents 'WILD STYLE'

Wednesday May 24 8:00PM
Charlie Ahearn presents 'WILD STYLE'

Introduction and Q&A with director Charlie Ahearn

Lee, Grandmaster Flash, Fab 5 Freddy, the Cold Crush Brothers, Lady Pink, the Rock Steady Crew, Busy Bee—this is the film that documented the birth of it all: rapping, breaking, and graf in the Boogie Down Bronx. An all-time classic of the new culture that became New York’s export to the world.

1983 / 82min / 35mm
DIRECTOR: CHARLIE AHEARN
CAST: 'LEE' GEORGE QINONES, LADY PINK, FAB 5 FREDDY, PATTI ASTOR