The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces today the list of filmmaker talks at the 54th New York Film Festival, which runs from September 30th through October 16th. These include the annual On Cinema master class, Directors Dialogues, as well as Meet The Makers, a series of talks with creators of projects in the festival’s Convergence session. On Cinema and Directors Dialogues are presented by HBO®.
This year’s On Cinema will feature a conversation with legendary American independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and NYFF Director Kent Jones. Jarmusch, a NYFF veteran many times over, has two films in the festival this year: “Paterson” in the Main Slate section, and documentary “Gimme Danger,” about iconic punk rock band The Stooges, in the Special Events section. The in-depth discussion will explore Jarmusch’s indelible career, as well as works that have influenced him as an artist.
Directors Dialogues, presented free to the public each year, feature notable filmmakers from this year’s festival sitting down for a special Q&A with a NYFF selection committee member to discuss their craft and moviemaking approach, as well as the current state of film. This year’s participating directors include Maren Ade (“Toni Erdmann”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”), Paul Verhoeven (“Elle”), and Mike Mills (Centerpiece selection “20th Century Women”). All four of these directors’ newest films are screening as part of the NYFF54 Main Slate.
The Meet The Makers section includes talks with “Priya’s Mirror” innovators Ram Devineni, Dan Goldman, and UN Women’s Global Youth Champion Monica Singh; a panel with filmmakers behind Global Lives Project’s large-scale installation “Lives in Transit”; “Late Shift” creators Baptiste Planche and Tobias Weber; and more. Meet the Makers conversations are free and open to the public.
The festival’s popular free NYFF Live series will return this year as well. The complete lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
On Cinema tickets are $15; $10 for Film Society Members and Students. Tickets for the 54th New York Film Festival, including the On Cinema talk, will go on sale September 11. Tickets are now on sale to Film Society members and patrons at select levels. To learn more about NYFF tickets, including a complete list of on-sale dates, prices, discount options, and our rush and standby policies, head to the FSLC website.
Check out the full list of talks below.
- Jim Jarmusch (“Paterson,” “Gimme Danger”)
In our annual master class, NYFF director Kent Jones sits down with world-renowned filmmakers for an in-depth conversation about films from other directors that have influenced and inspired them, their talk illustrated with film clips. For the 2016 edition, Jones sits down with legendary American independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, who has two films featured in this year’s festival.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 8:30pm (Howard Gilman Theater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street)
- Maren Ade
One of the most vivid, electrifying talents in cinema today, German director Maren Ade makes breathtakingly intimate films keyed in to the subtle interactions and sometimes inexplicable grand gestures that make us human. A major highlight of this year’s NYFF, her latest film, “Toni Erdmann,” is an emotional and hilarious dazzler, unlike anything else you’ve seen.
Sunday, Oct 2, 7pm (Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street)
- Kenneth Lonergan
Refusing to shy away from nearly unutterable emotions, the forceful new film from Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea,” follows a troubled Massachusetts handyman (an unforgettable Casey Affleck) who travels to his North Shore hometown after the death of his brother and must confront memories of an earlier tragedy. As proven in “You Can Count on Me” and “Margaret,” few American filmmakers today are better at making movies that express how difficult it is to move on from the past.
Sunday, Oct 2, 3pm (Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets)
- Mike Mills
Following his Oscar-winning “Beginners,” Mike Mills has fashioned a moving, funny film, “20th Century Women,” starring Annette Bening as a single mother raising a teenage son in a bohemian house in 1979 Santa Barbara. All of the details are just right in this culturally specific yet widely accessible American comedy, which is the Centerpiece film of this year’s NYFF.
Sunday, Oct 9, 3pm (Bruno Walter Auditorium)
- Paul Verhoeven
At first blush, it’s hard to believe the same director responsible for the ultraviolent action masterpiece “RoboCop” and the blockbuster thriller “Basic Instinct” is also responsible for “Elle,” the new film starring the great Isabelle Huppert as a video-game designer who has a surprising and complex response after she is raped by a home invader. But all his provocative films are of a piece: wry, satirical, and knowing takes on culture, movies, and personal fantasy.
Thursday, Oct 13, 7pm (Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater)
Convergence: Meet The Makers Sessions
- “Priya’s Mirror”
Ram Devineni, Dan Goldman, Monica Singh
Ram Devineni and Dan Goldman, co-creators of the hugely popular augmented reality comic book series “Priya,” present the next installment, titled “Priya’s Mirror,” which concerns acid attacks. Joining Devineni and Goldman is Monica Singh, who shares her resilient story about surviving a brutal acid attack and later becoming UN Women’s Global Youth Champion.
Sunday, Oct 2, 1pm (Howard Gilman Theater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street)
- “Lives In Transit”
Global Lives Project
“Lives in Transit” chronicles 24 hours in the lives of transportation workers from around the world. Join us for a screening of shorts about drivers of boats, buses, trains, motorcycles, cars and horse carts; a traveling circus performer; and a collector of a rare aphrodisiac fungus. A panel of the films’ directors will speak about their experiences collaborating to make this series possible.
Saturday, Oct 1, 5:30pm (Howard Gilman Theater)
François Le Gall and Nicolas Blies
Join the creators of the Soundhunters App—a tool that allows people to record and tag sounds via their mobile devices, sample, and remix them into their own unique musical compositions—for an in-depth look at this multifaceted, international transmedia experience.
Saturday, Oct 1, 1pm (Howard Gilman Theater)
- “Late Shift”
Baptiste Planche and Tobias Weber
Is the future of feature filmmaking fully interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling? The creators of “Late Shift” and “CtrlMovie,” the interactive film format powering the project, will explore the challenges inherent in creating audience-directed interactive films.
Sunday, Oct 2, 4:30pm (Howard Gilman Theater)
- “Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things”
Lance Weiler and Nick Fortugno
Two years in development, “Sherlock Holmes & The Internet of Things” spans the globe with events in dozens of cities powered by over two thousand collaborators actively contributing to this “copyleft” experiment. Lead collaborators Weiler and Fortugno will comment on the state of the project and reflect on what their experiences tell us about the future of shared stories.
Sunday, Oct 2, 1pm (Howard Gilman Theater)