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See the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at MoMA

See the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at MoMA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 6th Annual Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Series begins Friday, November 18. MoMA will screen five nominees for Gotham Independent Film Awards’ Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Award.

Madeleine Olnek’s “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same,” Sophia Takai’s “Green,” Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion’s “The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock’s “Scenes of a Crime” and Mark Jackson‘s “Without” are the nominees.

Also, the Independent Filmmaker Project and charitybuzz.com have announced a silent auction to support independent filmmakers. The auction will run from Wednesday, November 16 to Thursday, December 7.

Full press release below:

The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You™  Series at MoMA
Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 21, 2011


IFP and charitybuzz partner on a silent auction for the Gotham Independent Film Awards

New York, NY (November 16, 2011) – The 6th Annual Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You™ Series at MoMA begins Friday, November 18 and runs through Monday, November 21.

MoMA’s Department of Film, in collaboration with IFP and its quarterly publication Filmmaker Magazine, will screen the five nominees for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You™ Award. The nominees, selected by Filmmaker’s editorial staff and Joshua Siegel , Associate Curator, Department of Film, MoMA, represent the year’s best American independent films on the festival circuit that have yet to be picked up for theatrical distribution.  The winner receives a one week run at Cinema Village, ad support in the New York Times and a $15,000.00 grant.  Filmmaker Q&A’s will follow many of the screenings. The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You™ is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

TICKETS: (212) 708-9480 or www.MoMA.org/film

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

Director:  Madeleine Olnek

Madeleine Olnek ‘s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same affectionately combines the camp of ’50s sci-fi B-movies with a contemporary New York City romantic comedy in which three lesbian aliens from the planet Zotz travel to Earth to save their planet – and to fall in love and have their hearts broken. 


Director:  Sophia Takal

A growing jealousy and paranoia pervades Sophia Takal’s horror-inflected Green, in which a city couple relocates to the country where a friendly local woman gradually becomes a wedge between them. 

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

Directors: Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion

Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss’ The Redemption of General Butt Naked recounts the controversial story of Joshua Milton Blahyi , a ruthless warlord during Liberia’s 14-year civil war who has reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist on a journey of self-proclaimed transformation.

Scenes of a Crime

Directors:  Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock

Using footage from a 10-hour police interrogation and videotaped confession of a father accused of killing his infant son, Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh’s Scenes of a Crime is at once a coolly impassioned social justice documentary, a keen-eyed epistemological inquiry, and a gripping police procedural.


Director:  Mark Jackson

In Mark Jackson’s Without, a young woman becomes caretaker to an elderly man in a vegetative state on a remote wooded island, and as the monotony of her daily routine starts to unravel, boundaries collapse and she struggles with sexuality, guilt and loss.

Also announced today, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, have teamed up with charitybuzz.com for the annual silent auction Wednesday, November 16 to Thursday, December 7, 2011.

“We are excited to partner with charitybuzz.com for the annual silent auction and we are grateful for the incredibly generous items and unique experiences that have been donated in support of the independent film community,” said Joana Vicente, IFP Executive Director of the IFP.

The partnership between IFP and charitybuzz.com will raise funds for IFP in support of the programs that support independent filmmakers. These auction items are one of a kind experiences extended by key supporters and celebrities in the independent film world.  Auction items include:

    •    Two VIP Passes and seats for the 2011 Gotham Awards
    •    Set visit to Boardwalk Empire
    •    Private screening for 70 at the Paramount Screening Room in NYC
    •    Premier tickets to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    •    Walk on part in a Likely Story feature film (past films Please Give, My Idiot Brother)
    •    Internship with Filmmaker Magazine
    •    Two VIP Passes to The New York Times Times Talks
    •    Consultations with industry mavericks; Sheila Nevins (HBO), Ted Hope (Double Hope Films) and Paul Schnee of Barden/Schnee Casting
Go to charitybuzz.com/gotham to bid on these items and many more.

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