The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the addition of Ang Lee to its New York Film Festival HBO Directors Dialogues, as well as the lineup of the fest's Avant-Garde program and short films. Lee, whose "Life of Pi" will open the festival, will be be paired with Todd McCarthy for a discussion of his career on September 29. The Directors Dialogue series will also include Abbas Kiarostami ("Like Someone in Love"), David Chase ("Not Fade Away") and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").
In its 16th year, Views from the Avant-Garde will run October 5-8 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, offering free public screeings. Phil Solomon's "Empire" will begin the program, and it will close with a day of Peter Kubelka films -- including the word premiere of "Monument Film" and his four-hour doc, "Fragments of Kubelka." Other world premieres include David Gatten's "The Extravagant Shadows," Jeff Preiss' "Stop," Michael Robinson's "Circle in the Sand" and Laida Lertxundi's "The Room Called Heaven." The program will also include new works from Deborah Stratman, Janie Geiser, Erin Espele, April Simmons, Mike Gibisser, Ben Russell, Shambhavi Kaul. Dani Leventhal, Fern Silva Ernie Gehr, James Benning, and many others.
Avant-Garde will give two $5000 scholarships to filmmakers, in the inaugural presentation of the award from the Kazuko Trust.
Twelve short films will screen at the festival, hailing from Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and USA.
Program details are here.