From festival passes to member discounts, we’re all about giving you deals. But nothing quite beats this price tag: Free! Check out some of the free screenings, talks, and events coming up at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the box office one hour prior to each event on a first come, first served basis. One ticket per person. For popular events, the line may form earlier.
Upcoming Free Events at the Film Society
Sponsored by HBO®The name Jonas Mekas is synonymous with alternative cinema and film culture in New York. Meet and talk with “The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema” on Wednesday, February 10.
Past Free Events
Free family screening!In conjunction with Lincoln Center’s campus-wide Halloween celebration for kids we offer a free screening of this monster-movie classic, which has gone down in cinema history for its iconic Boris Karloff performance, groundbreaking makeup, and, of course, the immortal line, “It’s alive!”
Alan Rickman will talk about his second feature as a director, about a landscape designer (Kate Winslet), who, while building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Rickman), becomes romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).
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Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and director Craig Zobel (Compliance) will sit down to discuss their latest project, Z for Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film described as a twist on the Garden of Eden. August 19
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The legendary comic Lily Tomlin and director Paul Weitz will discuss their most recent film, Grandma, as well as their fascinating careers. August 17
On the occasion of the release of his powerful new documentary—winner of the Directing Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival—Matthew Heineman will discuss this 21st century Western that pits vigilantes on both sides of the border against the vicious Mexican drug cartels. The talk will be moderated by award-winning documentary cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson (Citizenfour, The Invisible War).
Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and lead actress Yana Novikova will discuss their award-winning crime-thriller, a silent film with a difference: its entire cast is deaf and nonverbal and the “dialogue” is strictly sign language—without subtitles.
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Join Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, and Neil LaBute for the final Summer Talk of the year as they discuss their new film Dirty Talk, about two colleagues (Broderick and Eve) who during a layover in Albuquerque discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. August 25
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Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi will share their death-defying experiences of bringing their Sundance Audience Award winner Meru to the big screen. August 12
Joshua Oppenheimer will talk about his The Act of Killing follow-up, which returns to Indonesia to view the genocide of 1965-66 through the eyes of one of its victims, an ophthalmologist who tracks down a number of retired torturers to confront them about their past deeds.
The Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Julie Taymor will share her experiences bringing a live performance of her breathtaking production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the big screen.
Parker Posey joins us on the occasion of the release of her latest film, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, in which the onetime “Queen of the Indies” appears as a lonely professor who wants a colleague (Joaquin Phoenix) to rescue her from an unhappy marriage.
Nicolas Roeg’s loose interpretation of Walter Tevis’s novel is a puzzlingly beautiful, mixed-genre hallucination unlike any other science-fiction film. Bowie—willowy, aloof, and elegant as ever—made his unforgettable screen debut as the extraterrestrial humanoid who builds a billion-dollar corporate empire to save his dying home world.
Bowie plays a guilt-ridden but duty-bound British POW imprisoned in a Japanese prison camp on Java, where an unspoken fatal attraction develops with the camp commander Captain Yonoi. Profound, ferocious, and heartbreaking, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is one of Oshima’s greatest successes and a testament to Bowie’s uncanny magnetism on screen.
Free event!Alan Berliner’s ability to combine experimental cinema and artistic purpose has made him one of the most acclaimed independent filmmakers in the United States. In this unique master class, Berliner will discuss his use of sound and image metaphors in Intimate Stranger (1991) and Nobody’s Business (1996), both of which are screening in the festival. The lecture will include a presentation of several clips from each film.
Free event!A collection of New York’s finest film curators and programmers (Thomas Beard, Stuart Comer, Chrissie Iles, Dennis Lim) come together to jump-start a discussion (moderated by Jens Hoffmann) about engaging film audiences in the 21st century. With festivals, museums, galleries, and online platforms all presenting film in new and different ways, the medium finds itself at an exciting crossroads.
Free outdoor screening in Damrosch Park!
This classic midnight-movie musical dared to ask what would happen if a straitlaced couple met a Victorian mansion full of over-sexed, cross-dressing aliens. Grab the nearest virgin you know, drag them to Damrosch Park, and get ready to do the time warp again! Free outdoor screening in Damrosch Park!
Sponsored by HBO®On the occasion of the release of his new movie, In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard will join us as part of our year-round Free Talks series to discuss the film, as well as his illustrious career in front of and behind the camera.
The Film Society will screen Rose McGowan's directorial debut, the short film Dawn, followed by a discussion with McGowan, who will talk about her passion for filmmaking as well her upcoming work both in front of and behind the camera.
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Join Salma Hayek as she makes her return to the Film Society with an informal chat in the Amphitheater. The Oscar-nominated actress serves as a producer and also lends her voice for the animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, opening August 7.
Free outdoor screening on the Josie Robertson Plaza!
Set in the same neighborhood where Lincoln Center now stands, West Side Story is an eternal tale of impossible love that features a glorious score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by a twentysomething Stephen Sondheim, resulting in one unforgettable tune after another. This free outdoor screening on Lincoln Center Plaza is co-presented with the Metropolitan Opera. August 28
Free EventFour seasons in the life of the Smith family pass in day-to-day joy and tribulation—from summer 1903 up to the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair—in Vincente Minnelli's classic, featuring a timeless score by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and a justly celebrated cast including Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, and Mary Astor.