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Talks

Talks features in-depth conversations with filmmakers, critics, curators, and more.

NYFF Talks are presented by:



Free Talk: The 2023 Amos Vogel Lecture – Paul B. Preciado

  • 90 minutes

Free and open to the public!

For the third edition of the Amos Vogel Lecture, we are proud to welcome writer and philosopher Paul B. Preciado, whose debut feature, Orlando, My Political Biography, screens in the NYFF61 Main Slate.

Deep Focus

In-depth dialogues with festival filmmakers and their creative collaborators.

Free Talk: Todd Haynes

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Todd Haynes (NYFF61 Opening Night selection May December) will present and discuss the U.S. premiere of Image Book, a short film by Haynes exploring the production of his new film, made as part of a commission by the Centre Pompidou for its collection “Où en êtes-vous?

Free Talk: Nikki Giovanni

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Legendary poet and activist Nikki Giovanni (NYFF61 Spotlight selection Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Story) breaks down her writing practice, her creative and political trajectories, and the experience of transmuting her life story into cinema.

Free Talk: Sandra HĂĽller

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Europe’s leading—and perhaps most fearless—actress, Sandra Hüller (NYFF61 Main Slate selections Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest) discusses her illustrious career and the making of her latest bravura performances.

Free Talk: Catherine Breillat

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

French auteur Catherine Breillat (NYFF61 Main Slate selection Last Summer) explores her rigorous formal approach, the abiding thematic interests of her filmography, and her unflinching commitment to probing the repressed tensions that underlie myriad cultural taboos in this extended conversation.

Crosscuts

Conversations between filmmakers across festival sections, genres, and styles.

Free Talk: Wang Bing & Eduardo Williams

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

This talk brings together two masterful chroniclers of the present, Wang Bing (NYFF61 Main Slate selection Youth (Spring) and Eduardo Williams (NYFF61 Currents selection The Human Surge 3, for a conversation about their form-bending play with the cinematic medium and their radical approaches to time and space.

Free Talk: Joanna Arnow & Nancy Savoca

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Nancy Savoca (NYFF61 Revivals selections Household Saints and Renata) and Joanna Arnow (NYFF61 Currents selection The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed) discuss their respective experiences navigating the New York indie filmmaking landscape across decades, their wry approaches to dialogue, direction, and mise-en-scène, and more.

Free Talk: Sandra Adair & Jonathan Alberts

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Join Sandra Adair (NYFF61 Spotlight selection Hit Man) and Jonathan Alberts (NYFF61 Main Slate selection All of Us Strangers)—both members of American Cinema Editors—for an in-depth conversation about the craft and profession of film editing and the complex ways in which the editor’s creative labor comes into contact with the work of cinematographers, actors, and others.

Free Talk: Annie Baker & Raven Jackson

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

NYFF61 Main Slate filmmakers Annie Baker (Janet Planet) and Raven Jackson (All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt) discuss the evolution of their artistry from the page or the stage to the screen, and their respective approaches to crafting idiosyncratic women characters.

Roundtables

Panel discussions that connect the festival to the themes of the moment.

Film Comment Live: From the Picket Line

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Moderated by Film Comment editor Devika Girish and FC contributor Madeline Whittle, this roundtable will bring together representatives from WGA East and SAG-AFTRA to discuss this year’s historic actors’ and writers’ strikes and the history of labor organizing in the film industry.

Film Comment Live: Trust Issues

  • 90 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Join Film Comment editors Devika Girish and Clinton Krute, World Records editor Jason Fox, and NYFF61 filmmakers Kleber Mendonça Filho (Pictures of Ghosts), Rosine Mbakam (Mambar Pierrette), and Frederick Wiseman (Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros) for a discussion about the slippery nature of truth on the screen.

Film Comment Live: Festival Report

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Film Comment editors Devika Girish and Clinton Krute are joined by critics Molly Haskell, Adam Nayman, and Kelli Weston for a spirited wrap-up discussion about the movies they’ve seen in the NYFF lineup.

Special Events

Cinephile Game Night: NYFF61 Edition

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Featuring a mix of movie trivia and other popular Cinephile games like Six Degrees, Filmography, and Inglorious Basterd, Cinephile Game Night is a trivia night like no other.

IndieWire Presents: Screen Talk Live

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Join IndieWire’s Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson and Deputy Managing Editor Ryan Lattanzio for a special live edition of Screen Talk, the independent news site’s weekly podcast.