Phil Solomon's “EMPIRE”

Almost a week of the New York Film Festival is on the books, but some of the best has yet to come!

Today sees the first screenings in what has become the premier experimental film festival in the U.S., Views from the Avant-Garde. Drop by the Amphitheater starting at 6:00pm for a FREE program of experiemental works by Ben Russell, Stephen Dwoskin, and more! Also included, and pictured above, is Phil Solomon's “EMPIRE”, a Grand Theft Auto IV re-imagining of Andy Warhol's 1963 experimental film of the same name. Solomon will be on hand to present the work.

After getting under way last night, our Cinéastes/Cinema of our Time program continues at 6:15pm with Luis Buñuel: A Filmmaker of our Timewhich follows the Spanish master filmmaker as he prepares to make Diary of a Chambermaid. This will be preceded by Lang/Godard: The Dinosaur and the Baby, an hour-long conversation between Fritz Lang and Jean-Luc Godard. Their disparate ages and nationalities are no barrier for what is a truly engaging and insightful discussion.

Hubert Knapp and André S. Labarthe's John Cassavetes will screen again at 8:45pm, but this time with a special addition. Before seeing Cassavetes, you can learn about an equally influential figure of the American independent cinema, Shirley Clarke, in Knapp and Labarthe's Rome is Burning (Portrait of Shirley Clarke). This one-two punch is a crash course in the history independent film, so don't miss out. Rush tickets available!

On the more contemporary side of things, we have two Main Slate selections debuting today—one from one the most promiment voices in modern cinema, the other from an emerging filmmaker. At 12:30pm, join us for Araf – Somewhere in Between from Yeşim Ustaoğlu, a Turkish filmmaker whose Journey to the Sun screened in New Directors/New Films just over a decade ago and whose reputation has grown alongside that of the New Turkish Cinema.  

Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love

Then at 6:00pm we've got the U.S. premiere of Like Someone in Lovethe latest film from Palme d'Or-winning director Abbas Kiarostami, which finds the Iranian master exploring new cultures and landscapes… in urban Japan. 

The next generation of great filmmakers will also be highlighted tomorrow with our second NYFF Shorts Program. Like the films in our Main Slate, these shorts run the national gamut—from Egypt to Switzerland to Spain—and are guarantee to impress with their fresh points-of-view. Rush tickets available! And fans of Precious or last night's screening of The Paperboy should make their way downtown to the SoHo Apple Store to catch free NYFF Live event Meet the Filmmaker — Lee Daniels.

Full Schedule

Main Slate: 
12:30pm – Araf – Somewhere in Between
6:00pm – Like Someone in Love
9:00pm  Frances Ha

Views from the Avant-Garde:
6:00pm – 10:00pm – Free Amphitheater Programs 

Special Events:
3:30pm – NYFF Shorts Program 2 (Rush Tickets Available!)
6:30pm – Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (On the Arts, Standby Only)
8:30pm  Celluloid Man (Cinema Reflected, Rush Tickets Available!)
9:00pm  Room 237 (Cinema Reflected, Standby Only)

6:00pm  Nothing But a Man
6:15pm – Luis Buñuel: A Filmmaker of Our Time (Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time)
8:45pm – John Cassavetes (Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time, Rush Tickets Available!)