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"The True Don Quixote" with Tim Blake Nelson

Saturday September 28 7:00PM

Tim Blake Nelson in person.

Four hundred years in the making, The True Don Quixote brings Cervantes’ classic tale to contemporary life, dropped into the wilds of Louisiana. Lonely, unemployed and adrift, Danny Kehoe (Tim Blake Nelson) escapes so far into the stories of medieval knights that he loses himself completely in their romantic tales. Believing he is a great knight, he straps on his cardboard armor, grabs a sword and, with his loyal squire Sancho (Jacob Batalon) by his side, embarks on a quest to find glory, slay monsters, and spread hope all across the neighborhood. What could possibly go wrong?

Joan Jonas and Kris Paulsen in Conversation

Saturday October 5 8:00PM
Joan Jonas and Kris Paulsen in Conversation

With the invention of the electronic sensor, the moving image underwent a transformation — from the movie screen, a surface upon which images of the world are projected, to an interface that connects the world in real time. This opening night program of Flaherty NYC's "Surface Knowledge" series investigates the screen as a site of telepresence, a conduit which connects the artist/performer with the viewer/perceiver. Conceived as a cross-generational conversation, this program of shorts shows how video artists such as Joan Jonas, Pipilotti Rist, Sondra Perry and others have sought to explore the existential effects of the mediated image, where selves are transformed into seductive mediums, online avatars, and SMS traders. These games of representation open up uncanny and sometimes hazardous environments, where depth of identity must interface with layers of layers of surface. Predictive of the instant communication modes that now define our lives, these films tread gingerly into out-of-body experiences of self in which one is neither “here” nor “there."

Joan Jonas, Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy, 1972, 17 min, video
Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Work Station, 2016, 9 min, digital video
Pipilotti Rist, You Called Me Jacky, 1990, 4 min, video
Michael Robinson, Onward Lossless Follows, 2017, 17 min, video
Joanne Kyger, Descartes, 1968, 11 min, videoMark Lapore / Phil Solomon, Crossroads, 2005, 5 min, digital video

"Mister America" with Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and Eric Notarnicola

Wednesday October 9 4:30PM

Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and director Eric Notarnicola in person on October 9 for the 4:30pm, 7pm, & 9:30pm.

A Direct Cinema-style political documentary suggesting Robert Drew’s 1960 Primary, Mister America follows outsider candidate Tim Heidecker on his quest to take the seat of the San Bernardino District Attorney who put him on trial for selling deadly e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, resulting in mass death. A new extension of the insane On Cinema universe—an ongoing melodrama built on the dysfunctional relationship between characters embodied by Tim & Eric’s Heidecker and Gregg “Neil Hamburger” Turkington—Mister America is a gut-busting pseudo- documentary study in delusional narcissism and political theater that ropes unaware participants into its drama.

"Mister America" with Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and Eric Notarnicola

Wednesday October 9 7:00PM

Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and director Eric Notarnicola in person.

A Direct Cinema-style political documentary suggesting Robert Drew’s 1960 Primary, Mister America follows outsider candidate Tim Heidecker on his quest to take the seat of the San Bernardino District Attorney who put him on trial for selling deadly e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, resulting in mass death. A new extension of the insane On Cinema universe—an ongoing melodrama built on the dysfunctional relationship between characters embodied by Tim & Eric’s Heidecker and Gregg “Neil Hamburger” Turkington—Mister America is a gut-busting pseudo- documentary study in delusional narcissism and political theater that ropes unaware participants into its drama.

"Mister America" with Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and Eric Notarnicola

Wednesday October 9 9:30PM

Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and director Eric Notarnicola in person.

A Direct Cinema-style political documentary suggesting Robert Drew’s 1960 Primary, Mister America follows outsider candidate Tim Heidecker on his quest to take the seat of the San Bernardino District Attorney who put him on trial for selling deadly e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, resulting in mass death. A new extension of the insane On Cinema universe—an ongoing melodrama built on the dysfunctional relationship between characters embodied by Tim & Eric’s Heidecker and Gregg “Neil Hamburger” Turkington—Mister America is a gut-busting pseudo- documentary study in delusional narcissism and political theater that ropes unaware participants into its drama.

"Pola X" with Sandi Tan

Saturday October 12 8:15PM

Turning an early creative disappointment into a mature triumph with her diaristic autobiographical documentary Shirkers, revisiting both the materials of an unfinished independent film she’d begun shooting while a teenager in Singapore in the early ‘90s and the circumstances of the film’s incompletion, Tan scored one of last year’s unequivocal successes in nonfiction filmmaking, embraced by Metrograph audiences and many others. Now Tan returns to present a film by Leos Carax exemplifying amour fou anguish and the lassitude of aimless youth.

Conversation on Donald Judd with Michael Blackwood, Flavin Judd, and Caitlin Murray

Friday October 18 5:45PM
Conversation on Donald Judd with Michael Blackwood, Flavin Judd, and Caitlin Murray

To celebrate the publication of the new Donald Judd Interviews—featuring sixty interviews conducted with the artist in conversation with artists, critics, curators, and other contemporaries over the course of four decades—Metrograph, Judd Foundation, and David Zwirner Books present a screening of Michael Blackwood’s documentary film, The Artist's Studio: Donald Judd. In addition to intimate footage of the artist from the early 1970s, the film documents a significant long-form interview with art historian Barbara Rose, which has been included in the newly published Interviews compendium. This evening’s program will also premier archival Video8 footage of the last interview included in the publication, a personal conversation between the artist, his daughter, Rainer Judd, and her friend, filmmaker Joshua Homnick, in Marfa. A conversation with Michael Blackwood, Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray—co-editors of Donald Judd Interviews—will follow the screening.

"An Elephant Sitting Still" with DP Fan Chao

Saturday October 19 2:00PM

Under the gloomy sky of a small town in northern China, different protagonists’ lives are intertwined in this furious tale of nihilistic rage. While protecting his friend from a dangerous school bully, 16-year-old Wei Bu pushes the tormentor down a staircase. Wei escapes the scene and later learns that the bully is hospitalized and gravely injured. Wei’s neighbor, the 60-year-old Wang Jin, is estranged from his family and, with nothing to lose, decides to join him. Later the pair is joined by Huang Ling, Wei’s classmate. She is bedeviled by a destructive affair with a married school official. Together, this unlikely and desperate trio decide their only hope is to flee as the bully’s gangster brother, enraged parents, and vindictive school authorities all go on a cold-blooded hunt for Wei across town.