Allow me to interrupt these “Top 10 Whatever of 2009” lists, and let you know about some very 2010 events happening this week in New York City. This is something I want to try and create as a regular update, to offer some ideas for things to do around various locales (feel free to submit film-related events in your town). It would make sense to begin in New York City, as that’s where I’m spending this week. Since not much is really happening until Wednesday (as most of the industry shakes off the snow and confetti of the holidays), I’ll start with that day. So, here you go:
Wednesday, January 6
– Sweetgrass opens at the Film Forum. This beautiful documentary from Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, is going to be somewhat divisive. It’s an epic and verite portrait of sheep-herding cowboys in modern day Montana. Not quite as elegent a subject as La Danse, but almost as artful and certainly worth seeing on the big screen.
– Another acclaimed documentary, Garbage Dreams, begins a limited run at the IFC Center on the same day. This may not be the only documentary about “garbage people,” but it’s worth noting that this film is on the Oscar shortlist.
Thursday, January 7
– Robert Greene’s acclaimed new documentary, Owning The Weather, will screen at the 92Y Tribeca. Greene is going to be in the house for a Q&A, and I’m especially hoping you’ll attend this event, because we’re releasing the film on VOD.
– Over in Queens, Jared Drake’s workplace comedy, Visioneers, is screening as part of the Astoria Indies program.
Friday, January 8
– Starting on Friday, Tribeca Cinemas will host a weekend-long series of screenings for documentaries on the Oscar shortlist. Catch up with films such as Soundtrack for a Revolution, The Cove, Under Our Skin, and more.
– The online sensation, Flooding With Love for the Kid, opens at the Anthology Film Archives. A one-man adaptation of the novel First Blood (which introduced the character “Rambo,” to the world), this $100 production will have its theatrical debut on that weekend.
– In Search of Memory opens at the IFC Center.
– Toronto Film Festival crowd-pleaser, Bitch Slap, opens at the Quad Cinema. This movie is totally ridiculous and dumb that, if you see it, be drunk.
Saturday, January 9
– This weekend, The New York Times‘ “TimesTalks” series is kicking into full Oscar season, with some upcoming panel sessions devoted to this year’s contenders as part of the “Arts & Leisure Weekend” sidebar. On Saturday, at 12:00 p.m., Precious director Lee Daniels and star Gabby Sidibe will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Patricia Cohen. Later that day, Natalie Portman will be present to discuss Brothers, and more. Tickets are available to the public for each session.
– As part of the popular “The Met: Live in HD” cinema series, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will screen the opera Der Rosenkavalier live at 1 p.m. A brunch, along with a guest speaker, will also be offered.
Sunday, January 10
– Jeff Bridges will be the guest for another “TimesTalks” conversation, happening on Sunday at 8:00 p.m., with moderator Lynn Hirschberg.
Tuesday, January 12
– Not only in New York City, this day will be a very busy day of arthouse films coming to DVD and VOD download. The January 12 new releases on DVD/download include many films that were either hits at Sundance 2009 or Toronto 2008, including: Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Robert Siegel’s Big Fan, Armando Iannucci’s In The Loop, Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, Yojiro Takita’s foreign-language Oscar winner Departures, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Guillermo Arriaga’s The Burning Plain, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom, and several more. Do people have DVD spending money left over, post-holidays? I hope so.