“These hours and hours of free events at this year’s New York Film Festival further the Film Society’s mission of connecting audiences with world class cinema and the people who create it. We’ve had an incredible response from the talented folks coming to NYC for the fest and I can’t wait to introduce them to our passionate audience every night,” said Eugene Hernandez, Deputy Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The 15 nights of free talks run September 27 – October 10 at 7pm, at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center (144 W. 65th St). Be sure to show up early to secure a seat. Free tickets will be distributed one hour prior to each event.
Below is the full schedule of events:
Saturday, September 27
7:00PM: Meet the Selection Committee
Join selection committee members Kent Jones, Dennis Lim, Marian Masone, and Amy Taubin in conversation about the 52nd New York Film Festival and the titles that made the cut.
Sunday, September 28
7:00PM: Discussing Godard
Film critics and historians talk about Godard’s films and career. Panelists include The New Yorker’s Richard Brody and Goodbye to Language star Héloise Godet. Presented with the NYFF Critics Academy.
Monday, September 29
7:00PM: Meet the Shorts Directors
Join us for a conversation with several of the NYFF52 shorts filmmakers who will discuss their work. Panelists include Tal Zagreba (Humor), Marcelo Grabowsky (Chlorine), Jayisha Patel (A Paradise), Andrew Rodgers (Crooked Candy), Oscar Sharp (The Kármán Line), Yohann Kouam (The Return), and Tommy Davis (Hepburn).
Tuesday, September 30
7:00PM: A Conversation with Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle will join Amy Taubin in conversation about Whiplash, the thrilling NYFF52 feature about a young jazz musician that was expanded from a NYFF51 short.
Wednesday, October 1
7:00PM: A Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer
Joshua Oppenheimer discusses The Look of Silence, an emotionally wrenching companion piece to his first film, The Act of Killing, about the mid-1960s Indonesian Genocide.
Thursday, October 2
7:00PM: A Conversation with Abderrahmane Sissako
Abderrahmane Sissako will discuss Timbuktu, a serenely composed vision of the humiliation and terror wrought by foreign Islamic jihadists who occupy the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu.
8:00PM: Meet the Projections Filmmakers
Join us for a conversation between Projections programmers Aily Nash and Gavin Smith and filmmakers Sylvia Schedelbauer (Sea of Vapors), Jean-Paul Kelly (The Innocents), and Deborah Stratman (Second Sighted).
[Projections is an international selection of artists’ film and video work that expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be. Drawing on a broad range of innovative modes and techniques, including experimental narratives, avant-garde poetics, crossovers into documentary and ethnographic realms, and contemporary art practices, Projections brings together a diverse offering of short, medium, and feature-length work by some of today’s most vital and groundbreaking filmmakers and artists.]
Friday, October 3
7:00PM: The Art of Preservation in Transition
Digital tools and technology have provided film restoration and preservation experts with new ways to bring films back to vibrant life and find new screens with which to captivate audiences. Distribution and theatrical presentation relies more and more on digital-end products while theaters capable of doing archival quality reel to reel projection become rare. This panel seeks to discuss the myriad decisions that are made during the restoration and preservation process. How are decisions made about when to use digital tools? How can digital and celluloid workflows benefit each other? How can original artistic vision be maintained when digital tools were unavailable at the time of a work’s creation?
Moderated by: Dan Streible, Associate Professor in Cinema Studies and Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at Tisch School of the Arts.Panelists include: Elena Rossi Snook, Archivist for the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library (Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center)Bill Brand, experimental film and video artist, educator, activist, film preservationist, and owner of BB OpticsDennis Doros, co-owner of Milestone Film & VideoAmy Heller, co-owner of Milestone Film & Video
Saturday, October 4
7:00PM: Making “Mr. Turner”
The cast and crew of Mr. Turner talk about making Mike Leigh’s remarkable portrait of painter J.M.W. Turner. Panelists include cast members Timothy Spall, Marion Bailey and Dorothy Atkinson, as well as producer Georgina Lowe, director of photography Dick Pope, and production designer Suzie Davies. [Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner is certainly a portrait of a great artist and his time, but it is also a film about the human problem of… others. Timothy Spall’s grunting, unkempt J.M.W. Turner is always either working or thinking about working. During the better part of his interactions with patrons, peers, and even his own children, he punches the clock and makes perfunctory conversation, while his mind is clearly on the inhuman realm of the luminous. After the death of his beloved father (Paul Jesson), Turner creates a way station of domestic comfort with a cheerful widow (Marion Bailey), and he maintains his artistic base at his family home, kept in working order by the undemonstrative and ever-compliant Hannah (Dorothy Atkinson). But his stays in both houses are only rest periods between endless and sometimes punishing journeys in search of a closer and closer vision of light. A rich, funny, moving, and extremely clear-eyed film about art and its creation. A Sony Pictures Classics release.]
Sunday, October 5
1:00PM: A Conversation with Marion Cotillard
One of the most exciting French actresses today, Marion Cotillard, who won an Academy Award playing Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, stars in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night, a film that is at once an unforgettable drama and a tough ethical inquiry.
Monday, October 6
7:00PM: Film Culture: Beyond the Male Gaze (in partnership with New York Women in Film & Television)
When narrative feature films are about to be released, who decides whether they are good? Who decides whether they will be shown at a major film festival? Who tells audiences what they should go see? Most of the gatekeepers and tastemakers are white men. This panel will address how we as the film community can create change and open up film culture to include all genders and cultures. Marian Masone, Senior Programming Advisor at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will moderate this interactive, problem-solving session.
Tuesday, October 7
7:00PM: Meet the Artist Academy Filmmakers
Come meet the filmmakers involved in this year’s Artist Academy, a showcase for some of the most exciting up-and-coming local talents.
7:45PM: A Conversation with Bruce Cohen & Ruth Vitale
Join us for a special Artist Academy edition of NYFF Live, featuring a discussion with Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Cohen and CreativeFuture’s Ruth Vitale about the challenges and opportunities for content creators today.
Wednesday, October 8
7:00PM: Unraveling–The Art of Self-Destruction (in partnership with Writers Guild of America, East)
Writers of some of the most hotly anticipated NYFF selections discuss their protagonists’ self-immolating urges and behaviors, and how to portray these characteristics credibly and effectively on-screen.
Featuring Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher), Oren Moverman (Time Out of Mind), and Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip).
Thursday, October 9
7:00PM: Sustaining a Career and an Artistic Vision (in partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre)Filmmaker in Residence Lisandro Alonso (Jauja) joins a slate of other NYFF52 filmmakers to discuss the challenges of sustaining a career while staying true to an artistic vision. Additional panelists include Nick Broomfield (Tales of the Grim Sleeper), Debra Granik (Stray Dog), and Matías Piñeiro (The Princess of France). Presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Friday, October 10
7:00PM: A Conversation with Albert Maysles
Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles joins a member of the NYFF Selection Committee to discuss Iris, a portrait of fashion- and interior-design maven Iris Apfel as she celebrates a late wave of popularity.