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Celebrate Bizarre Cinema with Film Maudit 2.0

Specializing in strange, silent and superb avant garde films, the Film Maudit 2.0 festival streams works from around the world January 12 to the 14th, 2021. Organized by the LA performing artspace Highway and inspired by French avant-garde filmmaker and writer Jean Cocteau who created the original Festival du Film Maudit (literally “cursed films”) in 1949 aiming to celebrate overlooked, shocking and experimental films, Film Maudit 2.0 aims to continue this tradition of exploratory cinema.

Film Maudit 2.0 highlights this year include the U.S. premieres of Feature Films: Mathius Marvellous Shop, a Spanish/German surrealistic satire; Kriya, a magical Indian thriller, and the Los Angeles premieres of Woman of the Photographs; a powerful Japanese film about image and reality for a beautiful model; The Columnist, a darkly comic horror film from The Netherlands; A Dark, Dark Man, the Kazakhstan/France thriller just long-listed for the Golden Globes; and Darkness (Buio) the first feature film by Donatello Award-winning director Emanuela Rossi.

Film Maudit will also have a special program featuring new live music from composer Jimi Cabeza de Vaca and singer-songwriter Nora Keyes for the classic silent thriller The Unknown starring Lon Chaney.

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Film Maudit 2.0
January 12 - 24, 2021

The 2020 New York African Diaspora International Film Festival: African Voices Around the World

Burning Night

Running November 27 to December 13, the 2020 New York African Diaspora International Film Festival  (ADIFF) presents the cinematic voices of of African diaspora. ADIFF’s mission is to present these films to diverse audiences, redesign the Black cinema experience, and strengthen the role of African and African descent directors in contemporary world cinema.

The festival program is organized in three slates: 

• SLATE 1 Friday, Nov. 27 9:00 AM – Wed, Dec. 2 11:59 PM 

• SLATE 2 Thursday, Dec. 3 12:01 AM – Tue, Dec. 8 11:59 PM 

• SLATE 3 Wed, Dec. 9 12:01 AM – Sunday, Dec. 13 11:59 PM 

Films include the US premiere of Dolapo Is Fine , directed by Ethosheia Hylton. Soon to leave her very British boarding school, Dọlápọ̀ is pressured to conceal her natural hair, and to change her name in order to get a job in the City. Dọlápọ̀ buys a wig, but the hair leaves her questioning its uncertain origins and she is forced to reconsider her own assumptions about identity.  In Good, Thanks You?, directed by Molly Manning Walker, a woman grapples with a traumatic event that leaves her voiceless. In Burning Night, directed by Eryk Rocha, down on his luck and recently divorced, Paulo has begun driving a cab around Rio, hoping he’ll make enough to send his ex money to support their ten-year-old son. He mostly works nights, so in addition to his encounters with a colorful variety of customers, colleagues, cops and others, he must cope with loneliness, fatigue and new faces in his life. 

Along with films, the ADIFF has a series of Zoom Panel Discussions with authors, directors, and actors that are free to attend.

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2020 New York African Diaspora International Film Festival
November 27 - December 13, 2020

11th Annual DOC NYC: Online for the First Time

I Am Greta

The 11th annual DOC NYC Festival (and the first iteration of the fest to ever go online) runs November 11 to the 19th. The festival begins at 1:00PM ET on Facebook Live, with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, and more.

DOC NYC is split into several sections, each with a different focus. The Masters section of the fest spotlights the newest work from nonfiction directors like Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (9to5: The Story of a Movement), and Errol Morris (My Psychedelic Love Story). The Arts & Culture section takes a look at films on the arts, including Larissa Bills’s On Pointe and Sachi Cunningham and Vayabobo’s Crutch. Fight the Power features politically charged films such as I Am Greta, Youth V Gov, and Unapologetic

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November 11 - 19, 2020

Queens Drive-In Stops Making Sense and Starts Celebrating Music in Film

Film and music have been intertwined practically since the inception of cinema. Now the Queens Drive-In (47-01 111th Street, Queens)  in a partnership between Museum of the Moving Image, Rooftop Films, and New York Hall of Science, are paying tribute to some of the great meetings between cinema and sound. The Music Film Series runs through November with music luminaries such as Prince, The Talking Heads, and Philip Glass. School of Rock, starring Jack Black, will be screened for  free on November 8 with support from NYC Council Member Francisco Moya.

Films include: 

  • Nov. 5: Purple Rain + Stop Making Sense
  • Nov. 6: Miss Americana (free)
  • Nov. 7: Psychedelic Light Show + Koyaanisqatsi
  • Nov. 8: School of Rock (free)
  • Nov. 12: Ema + The Red Shoes

Additional free screenings are presented courtesy of Netflix (Miss Americana on Nov. 6, Athlete A on Nov. 11, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado on Nov. 14, and Giving Voice on Nov. 19). See below for the announced schedule; additional programs will be added as they are confirmed.

The Queens Drive-In was co-created by Rooftop Films, New York Hall of Science, and Museum of the Moving Image to present safe, communal moviegoing in New York City during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while sustaining jobs, and supporting New York and the larger filmmaking community.

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Queens Drive-In Music Film Series
November 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12th, 2020

Queens Drive-In
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368


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