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.
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
Clues: Cherry Lawn // Austin // Mars
Clues: Long Streets // Twin Peaks // Graduation
Monday May 20
Clues: Housebreakers // Broken Strings // Apocalpyse
Clues: Seafood // Top of the World // Hunter Gatherers
Tuesday May 21
Clues: Truffaut // Ornithology // Ambulance Riders
Clues: Ventriloquists // My Best Friend's Wedding // VHS Tapes
Wednesday May 22
Clues: Memento // Abduction // Jigsaw Puzzle
Clues: Prenup // Mr. Spock // 7-Foot Sub
Thursday May 23
Clues: Ukelele // Hearing Aid // Radio Shack
Clues: Jurgen // Dolphin Rider // Lindir
A secret film with a secret screening time (sign up for more info)
Clues: Merry Men // Long Takes // Things That I've Kept to Myself