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13 Events You Won’t Want to Miss At This Year’s New York Film Festival

13 Events You Won't Want to Miss At This Year's New York Film Festival

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“Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things”
First Weekend (Free Event)

Co-creator Lance Weiler wrote passionately about this event/experience back in August, thanks to a call for storytellers and creators eager to help him reimagine the world of Sherlock Holmes though a technological lens. Now fans of both the world’s greatest sleuth and interactive ways of sharing information can participate in (fake) crime solving around Lincoln Center, thanks to a prototype of the experience developed and run by the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab as part of the festival’s Convergence section.

“All That Jazz” Screening
Friday, September 25 at 9PM (Free Event)

NYFF plays home to a host of free screenings as part of their Free Friday campaign, and the classic Bob Fosse musical is the first event on the docket. The film has been restored by 20th Century Fox in collaboration with The Film Foundation, and is sure to get its audience toe-tapping in the aisles (and also wondering why star Roy Scheider isn’t consistently mentioned in the annals of jaw-dropping musical stars).

“Field of Vision: New Episodic Nonfiction”
Sunday, September 27 at 6PM (Non-members: $15, Students: $10)

As part of its Spotlight on Documentary section, NYFF has compiled a selection of short-form nonfiction works into one exciting package. The marquee event is the premiere of four new shorts from director Laura Poitras as part of her new “Asylum” series, but the one-time screening also boasts shorts from Kirsten Johnson and Dustin Guy Defa, with topics as wide-ranging as artist Shepard Fairey, a contested vote in Arkansas and the art scene in Detroit.

Indiewire’s “Screen Talk” with Eric Kohn & Anne Thompson
Monday, September 28 at 7:45pm (Free event)

Catch our very own Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson putting on a live version of their popular podcast, “Screen Talk.” Featured as part of NYFF’s lineup of free daily talks, the pair will take to the stage of the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater for a lively wrap-up of the festival’s first weekend and the current state of indie film.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Anniversary Screening
Tuesday, September 29 at 9PM (Non-members: $25, Students: $20)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Homer-inspired spin on “The Odyssey” with a very special screening at Alice Tully Hall. The event includes appearances by the filmmaking brothers, stars George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson, along with promised “musical guests.”

“De Palma” Screening
Wednesday, September 30, 6PM (Non-members: $25, Students: $20)

Consider this part one of a DIY Brian De Palma double feature. For the evening’s first event, head to Alice Tully Hall for the North American premiere of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary “De Palma” (naturally, it’s all about beloved director Brian, and it’s packed with insights that fans of his work will eat right up). De Palma, Baumbach and Paltrow will all be on hand for the event.

“Blow Out” Revival Screening
Wednesday, September 30, 9PM (Non-members: $15, Students: $10)

And, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can high-tail it from Alice Tully over to the Walter Reade Theater (yes, it’s a short walk) to catch up on one of De Palma’s greatest films, the John Travolta-starring “Blow Out.” Now on the cusp of its 35th anniversary, the film is screening as part of NYFF’s Revival series. As of now, De Palma is not scheduled to appear, but perhaps he’ll make the walk over, too. 

“Heaven Can Wait” Revival Screening
Thursday, October 1, 6PM (Non-members: $20, Students: $20)

If you’re still in a revival mode, the next night at NYFF offers up yet another classic ripe for the big screen, thanks to…Martin Scorsese? The Ernst Lubitsch classic is getting the full revival treatment this year, and its “glorious, candy-box Technicolor” has now been restored for the 100th anniversary. Scorsese will be on hand for a Q&A to discuss the beloved feature. 

Nathaniel Dorsky & Jerome Hiler (Retrospective)

Friday, October 2, 7:45pm (Free event)

The subject of this year’s NYFF Retrospective, Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler (“partners in life and in cinema”) will conduct a chat about the full force of their dual careers as a free event held at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Michael Moore
Sunday, October 4, 3PM (Free Event)

Moore’s latest, “Where to Invade Next,” is a featured part of NYFF’s Main Slate, and the controversial director will also be on hand for one of HBO’s signature Directors Dialogues. The free event will survey Moore’s entire career, including a focus on his newest work and possibly a hint as to where the filmmaker will (perhaps not invade, but certainly investigate) next.

“Black Girl” Revival Screening
Tuesday, October 6, 8:30PM (Non-members: $15, Students: $10)

Ousmane Sembene’s first feature is a seminal story that few movie fans have had the chance to watch on the big screen since it first debuted in 1965. Screening at NYFF as part of its Revivals section, the restored feature should hopefully entice a slew of fans, both old and new, who can find new appreciation for the earliest example of the fine work of “the father of African film.”

Filmmaker in Residence, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Wednesday, October 7, 7:45pm (Free event)

Before you check out a screening of Athina Rachel Tsangari’s, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 2015 Filmmaker in Residence, newest feature “Chevalier,” get to know her better at a free chat with her at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater. Then head on over to…

“Chevalier” Screening
Wednesday, October 7, 9PM (Standby)

The newest film from Athina Rachel Tsangari has already screened at festivals around the world to serious acclaim, now New York fans of Tsangari’s prodigious (and still growing) talent can check out her razor-sharp send-up of male machismo “Chevalier,” complete with a post-screening chat with the filmmaker herself.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Todd Haynes
Saturday, October 10, 12PM (Free Event)

Todd Haynes’ “Carol” might not be getting the gala treatment at this year’s NYFF, but the Cannes winner is arriving at the festival with a fair bit of fanfare. Haynes himself will sit down for an HBO Directors Dialogue on the final weekend of the festival to talk about his “truly independent” career. Like what you hear? “Carol” plays later that afternoon, a ticket well worth grabbing now.

The 53rd New York Film Festival runs from September 25 until October 11. Tickets for these — and all other — events can be purchased and/or reserved at the official NYFF website.

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