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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 16 RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'SPECIAL SCREENINGS'
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BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH WITH PERFORMANCE BY TAJ MAHAL

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today's pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe's anniversary.

After the screening: Taj Mahal and the Wyland Blues Planet Band will perform.

Also screening with Shorts: S.O.S | Read More
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BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Alexandra Dean
  • Country: USA
Known for her unmatched beauty, Hedy Lamarr’s fans never knew she also possessed a beautiful mind. Immigrating to Hollywood in the late 1930s, Lamarr acted by day and sketched inventions by night, even devising a “secret communication system” for the Allies to beat the Nazis. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story reveals how Lamarr gave her patent away to the Navy, receiving no credit for her engineering innovations, even as she was immortalized as a legend of the silver screen. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
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CHRIS GETHARD: CAREER SUICIDE

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Kimberly Senior
  • Country: USA
In this deeply personal and profoundly funny one man show, comedian Chris Gethard dives deep into his own personal struggles with mental health issues. He will have you laughing at stories of Barb his therapist one minute, then revealing incredibly personal experiences the next, using comedy to lend insight in a way that only humor can.

After the Movie: A conversation with comedian/actor/writer Chris Gethard and fellow comedians, including Pete Holmes,Abbi Jacobson and Judd Apatow. | Read More
Female Director(s)
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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Ellen Goldfarb
  • Country: USA
Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities.

After the Premiere Screening: A live music tribute to WLIR from A Flock of Seagulls, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, and The Alarm. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
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THE EXCEPTION

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Directed By: David Leveaux
  • Country: USA, U.K.
A riveting World War II thriller, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt, tasked with investigating exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II, only to find himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with mysterious housemaid Mieke. When Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, comes for an unexpected visit, secrets are revealed, allegiances tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director David Leveaux and actor Christopher Plummer. | Read More
Drama, Thriller, First Time Filmmaker
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FROM THE ASHES

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Michael Bonfiglio
  • Country: USA
From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Before the Premiere Screening: Special introduction by three-term Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Michael Bonfiglio, Founder & CEO of Coalfield Development Corporation, Brandon Dennison, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, Mary Anne Hitt, and film subject Misti O'Quinn to discuss the state of the American coal industry. Moderated by Edward Norton. | Read More
Documentary, Environmental
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HOUSE OF Z

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Sandy Chronopoulos
  • Country: USA
Zac Posen rocketed to fashion stardom at a young age with his unique design aesthetic and charismatic presence, becoming one the most recognizable faces in the business today. But like any journey to great success it hasn't come without cost. Sandy Chronopoulos’ film looks past the glamor of the red carpet and the runway to shine a light on the trials and tribulations of running one of the country’s most successful fashion houses.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Sandy Chronopoulos and the film’s subject Zac Posen. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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INTENT TO DESTROY

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Joe Berlinger
  • Country: USA
Embedding himself on the epic film set of Terry George’s The Promise (starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale), Academy Award®-nominated director Joe Berlinger takes an unwavering look at the Armenian genocide after a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. A cinematic window into the historical and emotional web of responsibility.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director/screenwriter Joe Berlinger, poet and nonfiction writer Peter Balakian, and producers Eric Esrailian and Carla Garapedian. Moderated by Executive Director, Middle East & North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson. | Read More
Documentary, NY Director(s)
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JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Pappi Corsicato
  • Country: Italy
A titan of painting and filmmaking, Julian Schnabel’s art is among the most important work of the late 20th and early 21st century. Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait captures the artist in the studio and at home, incorporates archival footage and private home videos, and interviews family and friends to build a complex image of the man and his work.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Pappi Corsicato and the film’s subject Julian Schnabel. | Read More
Documentary
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THE LAST POKER GAME

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Howard Weiner
  • Country: USA
The Last Poker Game follows Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau), who has just moved into a nursing home with his ailing wife. After forming an unlikely friendship with a womanizing gambler (Paul Sorvino), their relationship is put to a test when they each try to convince a mysterious nurse (Maria Dizzia) that they are her long-lost father. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, First Time Filmmaker

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