By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 17, 2011 at 11:24AM
The Film Society of Lincoln Center director Rose Kuo threw a Cannes party at the Stella Artois beach attended by New York Film Festival director Richard Pena (pictured), Film Comment editor Gavin Smith and columnist Amy Taubin, former Film Comment editor Harlan Jacobson, Film Society and Snagfilms consultant Bingham Ray, festival players such as Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam, San Francisco's Rachel Rosen, Venice's Giuilia d'Agnolo Vallan, SXSW's Janet Pierson, Telluride's Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger, critics Todd McCarthy, Melissa Anderson, Stephanie Zacharek, John Powers and Karina Longworth and Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen.
Among other things the Film Society is celebrating and promoting its new theaters by offering free screenings to the public. They've booked a movie marathon of NYFF classics and appearances by Kevin Smith, Jason Reitman, Mike Nichols, Oliver Stone, Paul Schrader and Fredric Jameson, among others. The new multi-screen Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center will offer the public a weekend of free programming June 10-12 leading up to the official opening on June 17. All are listed below:
FRANCESCA BEALE THEATER
ALEXANDER REVISITED screening with Oliver Stone Q&A
Featuring Oliver Stone’s dramatically revised final cut of ALEXANDER (2004), starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. Stone will attend and participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Paul Schrader’s Film Class Featuring: Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST
Utilizing a newly restored print of Bertolucci’s classic THE CONFORMIST by Bologna Cineteca, Schrader will offer his own unique insights on filmmaking.
Kevin Smith’s SMovieola presents VALLEY GIRL
Kevin Smith revisits Martha Coolidge’s 80s comedy classic, VALLEY GIRL, a film that among other things delivered Nicolas Cage to film fans forever after. Smith will moderate a Q&A including Coolidge and other special guests following the screening.
HOWARD GILMAN THEATER
Antonio Damasio on Cognitive Film Theory
ANTONIO DAMASIO ON COGNATIVE FILM THEORY will offer an insightful look at how we view films and what exactly explains our emotional responses and imaginative engagement to what we see on the big screen. Those hard-wired responses we instinctually have to what we see and how we process that information explains how we react to the way scenes are edited, colors are utilized and what we feel is "realistic". Author, Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, Damasio has received numerous scientific prizes and is a renowned worldwide for his "talks" on the subject.
Cinematheque de la Danse program
Courtesy of the Cinematheque de la Danse, a presentation of films from the distinctive collection of films celebrating and exploring the worlds of dance and jazz will be screened.
NYFF Opening Night Classics Movie Marathon
A twelve-hour marathon featuring past opening night films from the New York Film Festival’s 48-year history will screen for the film enthusiast whose endurance and fortitude can match their love of cinema. Films screened will include:
DAY FOR NIGHT
DOWN BY LAW
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
FILM CENTER AMPHITHEATRE
Merv Bloch’s Trailer Show
MERV BLOCH'S TRAILER SHOW will provide an entertaining and comprehensive look at the work of one of the film Industry's legendary and most influential advertising minds. Bloch was the creative force behind the marketing and specifically the trailers for countless films iconic films through more than three decades. Trailers featured will include; THE TENANT, FLASHDANCE, GOLDFINGER, RAGTIME, CABARET, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THIEF, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, FRIDAY THE 13TH, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, SHADOWS AND FOG, HUD, THE WARRIORS, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, THE ELEPHANT MAN and MARATHON MAN.
Ghetto Film School Event: Screening THE STORY/LIVE, JOSEPH!
The award-winning South Bronx educational organization, Ghetto Film School will present a special screening of THE STORY, which follows twenty students from GFS as they prepare and shoot a narrative film in Uganda. The screening will be followed by a screening of the film they shot, JOSEPH and a conversation afterward with the GFS students and filmmaker Maurice Marable.
THE WALTER READE THEATER
Cinematheque Francaise Silents presents GRIBICHE with live musical accompaniment
Directed by Jacques Feyder, GRIBICHE (1926) is a silent film about a young boy who pines for his dead mother as he struggles to find happiness under the same roof with his stepmother and stepsister. The screening will be accompanied with a live piano performance by Donald Sosin.
Fredric Jameson on The Future of Film
One of only two Americans to have received the Holberg International Memorial Prize (in 2008), which is often called the Nobel Prize for the Humanities, Jameson is a noted literary critic and political Marxist theorist best known for his analysis of cultural trends. In this discussion, the man, whose most recent subjects have included postmodernism, as well as the study of utopia and science fiction, will turn his attention to the future of film as he sees it.
MY FAIR LADY screening
Families and classic movie musical fans alike will enjoy seeing the Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison starrer presented at the Walter Reade.
Jason Reitman presents CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (with Q&A featuring Mike Nichols)
Four-time Oscar-nominated writer-director Jason Reitman (JUNO, UP IN THE AIR) presents a screening of Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols’ landmark 1971 drama following 20 years in the lives and sexual escapades of college friends Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel. Q&A with Jason Reitman and Mike Nichols will follow the screening.
Taipei Film Archive presents CONFUCIUS
Written and directed by Fei Mui, a filmmaker admired by fans of classic Chinese cinema, CONFUCIUS was made in Shanghai and premiered with much fanfare towards the end of the ‘40s and was thought to be lost shortly after; a print was later found and restored which will be screened in the Walter Reade Theater.
The first screening of the recently announced From Britain With Love film series co-presentation between FSLC, UK Film Council and Emerging Pictures, TOAST stars Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) in the drama of a young boy’s journey into adulthood based on the best-selling autobiography of food writer Nigel Slater.
The new Film Center will house 2 theaters, an amphitheater and a lounge café. The 150-seat Francesca Beale Theater and the intimate 90-seat Howard Gilman Theater will show new specialized film releases. The Gilman will also offer special programs. The 90-seat amphitheater, with a 152” Panasonic Plasma screen (the largest of its kind on public display in the country) will house lectures, panels and educational programs. The Film Center's inaugural title will be Andrew Rossi’s PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES, an audience and critical favorite at the 2011 Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals, which will be released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures and play on both of the Film Center’s screens beginning June 17. The Film Center’s official address is 144 W. 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.
[Photos: New York Film Festival director Richard Pena; San Francisco Fest's Rachel Rosen, NYFF program committee member Melissa Anderson, Movieline critic Stephanie Zacharek.]