The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the lineup for the seventh edition of free talk series NYFF Live during the 56th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14). HBO® is the presenting sponsor of NYFF Live, which features actors, directors, writers, critics, and other industry insiders participating in daily evening discussions from September 29 – October 10 in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
NYFF Live features conversations with Frederick Wiseman, Morgan Neville, and cinematographer and NYFF56 poster designer Ed Lachman, as well as discussions about such NYFF selections as Private Life and Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Other free events include a panel spotlighting NYFF documentaries, a conversation about costume design, and the return of Film Comment’s annual trio of talks: The Cinema of Experience, Filmmakers Talk, and Festival Wrap. For updates and additional details about panelists and moderators, visit filmlinc.org. NYFF Live is organized by FSLC Deputy Director Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks, FSLC’s Manager of Talks and Artist Programs. Previously announced free talks include Directors Dialogues with Mariano Llinás, Errol Morris, Alice Rohrwacher, Jia Zhangke, and more; the complete schedule of free events at NYFF is available here.
Free tickets to NYFF Live events will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the talks. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend, video from these events will be available online at filmlinc.org.
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Kent Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming, and Florence Almozini, FSLC Associate Director of Programming.
Saturday, September 29 – 7:00 PM
Film Comment: Cinema of Experience
At this year’s NYFF, filmmakers are rising to the challenge of representing diverse experiences at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. For our 2018 Cinema of Experience talk, we will discuss Asian and Asian American experience on and off screen, and in film criticism. Participants include Andrew Chan, web editor of the Criterion Collection and author of our September-October cover story on Burning, starring Steven Yeun; Genevieve Yue, a professor of culture and media at the New School; David Ninh, director of press and publicity at Kino Lorber; and filmmaker Andrew Ahn (Spa Night).
Sunday, September 30 – 7:00 PM
In Conversation with Morgan Neville
Filmmaker Morgan Neville delighted audiences—and Academy voters—with his 2013 Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. This year, crowds have packed theaters for his Sundance debut Won’t You Be My Neighbor?—one of the Top 15 grossing nonfiction films of all time. Neville hasn’t taken time off, however. The director is at NYFF with his latest documentary, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, about Orson Welles’s long-lost The Other Side of the Wind (also screening this year at NYFF). Neville will talk about this new work and offer insight into what drives him as a filmmaker.
Monday, October 1 – 7:00 PM
In Conversation with Frederick Wiseman
At 87, Frederick Wiseman is considered by many the greatest documentarian working today. The filmmaker behind Titicut Follies, High School, and, more recently, La danse, At Berkeley, and Ex Libris, has set a standard for nonfiction filmmaking. The recipient of an honorary Academy Award in 2016, the prolific filmmaker’s latest at NYFF is Monrovia, Indiana, set in a town with just over a thousand people located in the American heartland. Meet the man who has helped define a genre as he talks about his latest film and also looks back at his illustrious career. Moderated by Kent Jones.
Tuesday, October 2 – 7:00 PM
The Writers Guild of America, East and the New York Film Festival present Writing Partners, a panel about the dynamics of collaboration, featuring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, and Mary Harron and John Walsh, and moderated by Karen Han. Dano and Kazan collaborated on the script for Wildlife, screening at NYFF, and Kazan’s previous screenplay for Ruby Sparks was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Harron and Walsh most recently collaborated on Dali Land, which is now in pre-production; the film follows a gallery assistant who helps Salvador Dalí prepare for a big show in New York. Harron and Walsh have previously co-written the shorts Armani, Sonnet for a Town Car, and Holding Fast.
Wednesday, October 3 – 7:00 PM
In Conversation with Ed Lachman
Artist JR, at the New York Film Festival last year with the Oscar-nominated Faces Places, co-directed with Agnès Varda, returns to NYFF with a new collaboration. JR and cinematographer Ed Lachman (Wonderstruck, Carol, The Virgin Suicides) bonded at last year’s festival and have now come together to create the official NYFF poster for this year. Lachman will talk about their collaboration and discuss his own work during this conversation.
Thursday, October 4 – 7:00 PM
Costume Design and the Creative Process: From Film to Television
A picture is worth a thousand words, and costuming frames the look. Presented in conjunction with the School of Visual Arts, this conversation focuses on the art of outfitting in film and television. The discussion will be led by Angelia Wojak from SVA and includes Deirdra Govan, whose credits include Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You; Amanda Ford, costume designer on Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell and Paul Dano’s Wildlife, both screening at NYFF; and Ingrid Price, whose credits include Nurse Jackie.
Friday, October 5 – 7:00 PM
Producers on Producing: Hosted by PGA’s Women’s Impact Network
Join independent producers Donna Gigliotti and Mimi Valdés for a conversation about encouraging a greater diversity of voices behind and in front of the camera. With credits including Academy Award–nominated films Hidden Figures, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Reader, Gigliotti is one of only eight women to win an Academy Award for Best Picture (Shakespeare in Love). Valdés, a former editor-in-chief of VIBE and Latina magazines, is the Chief Creative Officer of Pharrell Williams’s company, i am OTHER, and her producing credits include Roxanne Roxanne (producer), Hidden Figures (executive producer), and Dope (co-producer).
Saturday, October 6 – 7:00 PM
NYFF Docs Talk
Film Society Executive Director Lesli Klainberg, a documentary filmmaker and producer, will again sit down for a conversation with the directors of some of the documentaries screening at this year’s festival. Among this year’s participants are Alexis Bloom (Divide and Conquer), Manfred Kirchheimer (Dream of a City), James Longley (Angels Are Made of Light), Mark Bozek (The Times of Bill Cunningham), and Tom Surgal (Fire Music).
Sunday, October 7 – 7:00 PM
Film Comment: Filmmakers Talk
For the third year, Film Comment gives you the rare chance to see some of today’s most important filmmakers in dialogue with each other. A selection of directors whose films are screening at this edition of NYFF will discuss the art and craft of making movies, moderated by Film Comment editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold. Guests this year include Louis Garrel (A Faithful Man), Jodie Mack (The Grand Bizarre), Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell), and Albert Serra (Roi Soleil).
Monday, October 8 – 7:00 PM
Making Private Life
Private Life, which debuted earlier this year at Sundance, marks the anticipated new film by New York filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills). Jenkins re-teamed with producer Anthony Bregman for this story of a middle-aged Upper West Side couple navigating the choice to become parents thanks to their IVF egg donor niece, played by Kayli Carter. In this discussion, co-presented with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Tamara Jenkins, Anthony Bregman, and Kayli Carter will detail the process of working together on this New York City film.
Tuesday, October 9 – 7:00 PM
New York Women in Film & Television—Early Women Film Pioneers: Alice Guy-Blaché
In honor of Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, screening at the festival Sunday, October 7, the New York Film Festival and New York Women in Film & Television present a conversation with film preservation experts about Alice Guy-Blaché’s contributions to cinema. Guests will include Jane Gaines, Susan Lazarus, and Joan Simon. Clips will be screened from Guy-Blaché‘s work.
Wednesday, October 10 – 7:00 PM
Film Comment: Festival Wrap Up
In what is becoming an annual tradition, Film Comment contributing critics and editors gather for the festival’s final week and have a spirited discussion about the movies they’ve seen in the lineup, from the Main Slate and beyond. Participants: K. Austin Collins, critic at Vanity Fair; Michael Koresky, Director of Editorial and Creative Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; Molly Haskell, critic and author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies; Eric Hynes, curator of film at Museum of the Moving Image and Film Comment “Make It Real” columnist; Aliza Ma, head programmer of Metrograph.