Barbara Kopple, Rebekah Maysles, and Heather Linville Present "Salesman"

Friday January 26 7:00PM
Barbara Kopple, Rebekah Maysles, and Heather Linville Present

Barbara Kopple, Rebekah Maysles (President of Maysles Films, Inc.), and Heather Linville (Film Preservationist, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) in person for 7pm screening on Friday, January 26.

Following traveling salesmen for the Mid-American Bible Company from their Boston headquarters to a Chicago convention and on their door-to-door rounds in lower middle-class Opa-Locka, Florida, Charlotte Zwerin and the Maysles brothers not only produced one of the foundational films of the “Direct Cinema” documentary movement, but a compassionate, cutting depiction of an American scene largely untouched by the ongoing counterculture explosion.

"Venom and Eternity" with Thomas Beard and Ed Halter of Light Industry

Saturday January 27 5:00PM

Out of print for over 40 years, Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision has recently been reissued by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry. Originally published by Jonas Mekas as a special issue of Film Culture, Metaphors is Brakhage’s major theoretical statement and remains, as J. Hoberman dubbed it, “one of the great documents of American cinema.” To mark the occasion, Metrograph presents two rarely-screened early works by Brakhage alongside Isidore Isou’s Venom and Eternity, a film that made an indelible impression on the young Brakhage when he first saw it at Frank Stauffacher’s Art in Cinema series in San Francisco. Isou’s Lettrist provocation launches an extended assault upon cinematic conventions—sound divorced from picture, shots presented upside down, and even the celluloid itself abraded—in order to break down the art form so that it might be reconstituted anew.

Savage Grace 10th Anniversary

Saturday January 27 8:00PM
Savage Grace 10th Anniversary

With Tom Kalin, Christine Vachon, Katie Roumel, and Howard Rodman in person

Among Julianne Moore’s juiciest roles—and that’s saying something—is that of controversial heiress Barbara Daly Baekeland, real-life tabloid fodder up to her death in 1972 and inheritor of the Bakelite plastics millions. Kalin, whose Swoon was a new queer cinema landmark, gives us Baekeland as a ruthless, debauched social climber, contemptuous of her husband (Stephane Dillane) while attached at the hip to her troubled gay son (Eddie Redmayne), who she has very curious notions about “curing,” the entire family plotted on a one-way course to infamy and True Crime catastrophe. Perfectly performed, shot with cunning control, and overdue for reconsideration.

Charlie Ahearn Presents "Wild Style"

Saturday February 10 7:15PM
Charlie Ahearn Presents

Charlie Ahearn in person

Lee, Grandmaster Flash, Fab 5 Freddy, the Cold Crush Brothers, Lady Pink, the Rock Steady Crew, Busy Bee—this is the film that documented the birth of it all: rapping, breaking, and graf in the Boogie Down Bronx. An all-time classic of the new culture that became New York’s export to the world.