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Movie Lovers We Love: Nick Dawson Unleashes the Clues to IFP & Filmmaker Magazine's Secret Film Club Screenings

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire May 17, 2013 at 12:24PM

A few months after film critic Aaron Hillis left his post as the curator of the microcinema in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, reRun, IFP and Filmmaker Magazine have taken his place as the space's programmers.
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A few months after film critic Aaron Hillis left his post as the curator of the microcinema in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, reRun, IFP and Filmmaker Magazine have taken his place as the space's programmers. 

In order to mix things up at the space, Filmmaker Magazine Managing Editor Nick Dawson thought back to his time growing up in Edinburgh, when the Edinburgh Film Festival would have a secret screening every year that set the whole city abuzz. 

Dawson, who along with other members of IFP and Filmmaker Magazine, shares responsibility for programming first-run films at reRun, headed up a search for festival favorites and films too fresh to have a public screening in New York to screen at reRun starting tonight and running weekdays until next Thursday.  Thus reRun's Secret Film Club was born.

Secret Screenings have become popular on the festival circuit, especially at smaller festivals that crop up before a film needs to make a world premiere.  True/False has embraced the practice, and Camden and other festivals have followed suit.

Dawson, whose own writing expands beyond Filmmaker Magazine to include a book on Hal Ashby and edited interviews with Ashby and Dennis Hopper, hopes that if the Secret Film Club at reRun is successful, IFP can do this more regularly, perhaps quarterly.

Dawson explained what makes the Secret Film Club most exciting.  "The best experiences I've had watching movies have been when I've been able to stay away from reviews and trailers and have a movie happen to me without too much expectation and without any baggage.  That's something that this can provide to people...a different kind of viewing experience."

Get to these screenings early.  They're free and they'll fill up quickly.

Interested audience members should RSVP here.

Perhaps you can guess what films we'll be showing, but as with all secret screenings, if you go, don't let word get out what you saw.

Friday May 17

7:30PM Screening
Genre: Drama
Clues: Cherry Lawn // Austin // Mars

9:45PM Screening
Genre: Comedy
Clues: Long Streets // Twin Peaks // Graduation

Monday May 20

7:30 Screening
Genre: Comedy
Clues: Housebreakers // Broken Strings // Apocalpyse

9:45 Screening
Genre: Documentary
Clues: Seafood // Top of the World // Hunter Gatherers

Tuesday May 21

7:30 Screening
Genre: Documentary
Clues: Truffaut // Ornithology // Ambulance Riders

9:45 Screening
Genre: Horror
Clues: Ventriloquists // My Best Friend's Wedding // VHS Tapes

Wednesday May 22

7:30 Screening
Genre: Drama
Clues: Memento // Abduction // Jigsaw Puzzle

9:45 Screening
Genre: Comedy
Clues: Prenup // Mr. Spock // 7-Foot Sub

Thursday May 23

7:30 Screening
Genre: Drama
Clues: Ukelele // Hearing Aid // Radio Shack

10:00 Screening
Genre: Comedy
Clues: Jurgen // Dolphin Rider // Lindir

PLUS...

A secret film with a secret screening time (sign up for more info)

Genre: Drama
Clues: Merry Men // Long Takes // Things That I've Kept to Myself


This article is related to: reRun Gastropub Theater, IFP, Movie Lovers We Love, Interviews