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"Midnight Family" with Luke Lorentzen

Friday December 6 3:00PM

Q&A with director Luke Lorentzen

In Mexico City, where the healthcare system struggles to address the needs of nine million residents, the Ochoa family runs one of the city’s privately owned ambulance services, scraping out a living by tending to the injured and desperately unwell, waiting on calls night after night, only to speed through the city’s streets hoping to beat rival EMT crews to the scene. These visceral race-against-the-clock runs give Midnight Family the vibe of a suspense film, while 17-year-old son Juan emerges as the film’s everyday hero, a hard-hustling young man who acts as the sturdy backbone to his at-risk family. Director Luke Lorentzen takes care to place the Ochoas’ struggle within a larger ecosystem of civil failure, subsistence-level scavenging, and endemic corruption.

"Midnight Family" with Luke Lorentzen and Kellen Quinn

Friday December 6 7:30PM

Q&A with director Luke Lorentzen and producer Kellen Quinn, moderated by Matthew Heineman

In Mexico City, where the healthcare system struggles to address the needs of nine million residents, the Ochoa family runs one of the city’s privately owned ambulance services, scraping out a living by tending to the injured and desperately unwell, waiting on calls night after night, only to speed through the city’s streets hoping to beat rival EMT crews to the scene. These visceral race-against-the-clock runs give Midnight Family the vibe of a suspense film, while 17-year-old son Juan emerges as the film’s everyday hero, a hard-hustling young man who acts as the sturdy backbone to his at-risk family. Director Luke Lorentzen takes care to place the Ochoas’ struggle within a larger ecosystem of civil failure, subsistence-level scavenging, and endemic corruption.

"In Fabric" with Peter Strickland

Friday December 6 8:30PM

Q&A with Peter Strickland following the 8:30pm screening

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path. From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland, the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory giallo-homage Berberian Sound Studio, comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

An A24 release. Strickland's The Cobbler's Lot, from the 2017 The Field Guide to Evil anthology film, will screen with In Fabric.

"In Fabric" with Peter Strickland

Friday December 6 11:30PM

Screening introduced by Peter Strickland

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path. From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland, the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory giallo-homage Berberian Sound Studio, comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

"HIGH FLYING BIRD" with André Holland, Steven Soderbergh, and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Saturday December 7 2:15PM

Q&A with André Holland, Steven Soderbergh & Tarell Alvin McCraney, moderated by Alissa Wilkinson

In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game—and who ought to.

"In Fabric" with Peter Strickland

Saturday December 7 7:30PM

Peter Strickland in person for Q&A after the 7:30pm screening, moderated by Joshua Rothkopf

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path. From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland, the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory giallo-homage Berberian Sound Studio, comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

"In Fabric" with Peter Strickland

Saturday December 7 10:30PM

Screening introduced by Peter Strickland

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path. From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland, the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory giallo-homage Berberian Sound Studio, comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

"Frances Ha" with Noah Baumbach [Sold out]

Sunday December 8 1:00PM

Noah Baumbach in person

A love story of female friendship. Greta Gerwig co-writes and stars in this masterwork. Her radiant and garrulous Frances negotiates career, friendship, and the shadow-line of a quarter-life crisis. Wandering through Paris, Sacramento, and New York City—lovely in black-and-white—Frances’s quest for self-determination takes her through low lulls and exhilarating highs, in a fabulously contemporary film that exists as both a conversation with the best of the French New Wave and life in present day New York.

1.00pm

"Lady Bird" with Noah Baumbach [Sold Out]

Sunday December 8 3:00PM

Noah Baumbach in person

Sacramento teenager Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) seemingly can’t wait to get away from her mother—in the opening scene of Gerwig’s directorial debut, she jumps from a moving car to escape her—and escape to a new life at school in New York City, but her heart proves more faithful than she thinks in the coda of this finely shaded depiction of the mother-daughter dynamic, with Laurie Metcalf as a mom whose maternal love expresses itself in a desire to clip her daughter’s wings.

3.00pm

" OUT OF THE PRESENT" with Halsey Burgund, Katherin McInnis, Francesca Panetta and Andrei Ujică

Saturday December 14 7:00PM

Halsey Burgund, Katherin McInnis, Francesca Panetta and Andrei Ujică in person.

A feature documentary film from Europe and two short films from the USA explore the space race, public spectacle, and the gaze from afar. Out of the Present captures the fall of the Soviet Union from the perspective of outer space through Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who lived on the Mir space station from May 1991 to March 1992. A blend of betacam and 35mm footage shot on Mir, and amateur archival footage of the August Putsch and other events on earth below, the film is a meditation on the timescales of human history against the cosmos. Director Andrei Ujică (Videograms of a Revolution, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu) experiments with perspective and relative time, courting science fiction. Indeed, when Krikalev returned to earth after his unexpected ten months in space he returned to the future, carrying the passport of a state which no longer existed.

The screening will be preceded by Katherin McInnis’s Hat Trick and Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund’s In Event of Moon Disaster, two short films that reevaluate the moon landing, and the thin boundary between cinematic and scientific knowledge.

For more information about the program, please check the Flaherty NYC website:
https://theflaherty.org/2019-fall-flaherty-nyc

"Quarry" with Meredith Monk

Sunday December 15 1:00PM

Meredith Monk in person

Monk’s meditation on WWII and recurring cycles of intolerance, fascism, and cruelty in history originated in 1976 as a live stage work utilizing elements of music, images, movement, dialogue, film, sound, and light. This film version, shot on 16mm in the Lepercq Space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1977, was created in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as part of their initiative to document ground-breaking live performance for future restaging. QUARRY centers on a sick American child (played by Monk herself) whose world darkens as her illness progresses, this darkening including the rise of a dictator. A unique document of this innovative, boundary-blurring production, and a work of art on its own terms, replete with a film-within-a-film directed by Monk in 1975.

"VALLEY OF THE DOLLS" with Dionne Warwick

Sunday December 15 3:30PM

Screening introduced by Dionne Warwick, who will be signing copies of her new album Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas after the film.

Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Parkins deal with pills, ills, malicious men, and careerist skullduggery starring as Hollywood would-bes in the box-office phenomenon of 1967. Adapted from the Jacqueline Susann bestseller that scandalized America by pulling back the curtain on the seamy side of show business and the fallout of the then-just-beginning Sexual Revolution, and featuring musical contributions by Dionne Warwick, whose ravishingly interpreted theme song was a million-seller that cemented Valley's status as a massive multimedia pop culture event.

"Marriage Story" with Noah Baumbach

Sunday December 22 1:45PM

Noah Baumbach in person

A love story told through a divorce, Baumbach’s watershed film is a showcase for career-best performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, perfectly written and executed. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta provide kindling in a combustion of raw emotion. Set to a sumptuous score by Randy Newman, the film is honest, compassionate, funny, genre defying, and enormously humane. Baumbach’s newest vision will break your heart and heal it all over again—and feels at times like a culmination of his entire filmography.

"E.T." with Noah Baumbach

Sunday December 22 5:00PM

Noah Baumbach in person

A world-conquering pop culture phenomenon on its original release, today it’s easier to see Spielberg’s boy-and-his-alien fable as the movie it always was—modest and familiar in its domestic setting, supremely sensitive to all the fun and the fear of childhood, and very often close to achieving the sublime. Abandoned on earth, a duck-walking alien longing to “Phone home” encounters a human boy who needs companionship, with unforgettable and heart-rending results.