This month we’re turning inward and taking a look at a few movies that were filmed in our own stomping ground. With Street Trash, Serpico, The Landlord and more, you can see how much the borough has changed in the last half-century — and the movies are pretty great too.

Along with that, we also have our first Shorts Festival, all sourced from area filmmakers; The Deuce zooms through Alphabet City, and, screw it, Mean Girls too.

November 2013

Annie Hall

November 6; 7:15pm | Buy Tickets
FILM FEASTS: Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)

For this romance between a neurotic Brooklynite and a starry-eyed (equally neurotic) dream girl, we’re matching up Woody Allen’s Annie Hall with a full menu inspired by the film, all paired with beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

Alphabet City

November 7; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
THE DEUCE: Alphabet City (1984, Amos Poe)

“Alphabet City… it heats up when the sun goes down…” A pink neon crime thriller, Alphabet City follows middle-man pusher-man Vincent Spano as he navigates the heroin ravaged streets of the Lower East Side in his ridiculously badass 1983 Pontiac Firebird.

For this screening, The Deuce has gotten together the director of the film, Amos Poe, as well as former NYPD narc Michael Codella, and Wall Street Journal reporter Bruce Bennett to talk about the drug scene depicted in the film.

Battle Royale

November 8 & November 9; Midnite | Buy Tickets
LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA: Battle Royale (2002, Kinji Fukasaku)

After getting lulled to sleep on the bus during a long field trip, a group of kids wake up to discover that they’ve been picked for this year’s Battle Royale. Each kid is given a bag of supplies and is sent off into the wilderness; within three days, the kids must kill one-another with an arsenal of deadly weapons, otherwise the explosive collars they’ve been shackled with will pop and everyone dies. Some kids forge alliances; some head off on their own; some opt out the hard way, but it doesn’t take long for that survival instinct to kick in and heads start to roll.

For this screening of Kinji Fukasaku’s classic dystopian nightmare, we’ve invited Guizot to the theater to provide a live soundtrack to be played along with the film.


November 9 & November 10; Brunch | Buy Tickets
THX BKLYN: The Landlord (1970, Hal Ashby)

An interesting look at Park Slope before it became the beating heart of 2K yuppie culture, The Landlord follows a trust fund type (Beau Bridges) who tries to break free from his wealthy roots by purchasing a rundown Brooklyn building and fixing it up for the up-and-coming set. A comic look at development woes with an stylish eye, and an ear out for troublesome race and class problems that have never really gone away.

Mean Girls

November 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Mean Girls (2004, Mark Waters)

Duh, I’m a mouse.

Everybody Street

November 11, 12; 16, 17; Various Times | Buy Tickets
ART SEEN: Everybody Street (2013, Cheryl Dunn)

Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

The November 11 and 12 screenings include Q&A with Dunn (director), Lucy Cooper and Michael Karbelnikoff (producers), and photographers featured in the film moderated by Carlo McCormick. The brunch screenings on November 16 and 17 will include a Q&A with Cheryl Dunn and Jill Freedman.


November 15 & November 16; Midnite | Buy Tickets
THX BKLYN: Requiem for a Dream (2000, Darren Aronofsky)

Seriously, don’t do drugs.


November 16 & November 17; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Secret Formula back again with their cereal, cartoons, games and shouting. Spoons, Toons and Booze this month is Thanksgiving themed, so they’ll probably play the one where the Ghostbusters fight giant parade balloons.

Big Country

November 19; 9:30 | Buy Tickets

Part of the VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series at Nitehawk Cinema. A New Englander heads out the Old West where he becomes involved in a territory dispute involving two hot-tempered families. A portion of each ticket sale goes towards The Film Foundation. Tickets also include complimentary Larceny Bourbon drinks at an after-party in Nitehawk’s downstairs bar.


November 21, 23, 24; Various Times | Buy Tickets

The opening night of Nitehawk’s debut Shorts Festival focuses on short film and video created by filmmakers living and working in the five boroughs of New York. This screening includes personal selections by Nitehawk’s Cinema Department and will be followed by a Q&A with the directors.

The festival will run across three days. The first on Thursday, November 21 at 9:30pm; then at 11:45am on November 24 and November 25.


November 23; Midnite | Buy Tickets
dublab presentes…A LABRAT MATINEE XII: visions unveiled

Peel back the layers and open your eyes wide to witness a mind-melting collage of rarely seen music videos, comedy clips, far-out animation and high vibrational scenes.

Screening includes a special intro created by Jennifer Juniper Stratford and DJs in Nitehawk’s downstairs bar from 10pm-12am before the screening!

Street Trash

November 22 & November 23; Midnite | Buy Tickets
THX BKLYN: Street Trash (1987, J. Michael Muro)

Street Trash. Not only a hilariously disgusting “melt movie” where homeless people scream and collapse into piles of multi-color goop, it’s also a great look at Williamsburg and Greenpoint before it got so hung up on vegan options. For this screening, we’ve invited the film’s writer, Roy Frumkes, back to the theater for a Q&A about his rad cult classic.

Little Fugitive

November 23 & November 24; Brunch | Buy Tickets
LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA: Little Fugitive (1953, Ray Ashley)

A naturalist trip to Coney Island in the 50’s when a young boy goes on the lam after he’s tricked into thinking that he’s killed his older brother (he didn’t, just so we’re clear). He spends his days on the shore, picking up bottles to pay for rides and has a field day away from childhood constraints of parents and school. Also, he thinks he’s a total badass.

We’ve invited Reed Orchestrette (that’s like an orchestra, but small) to score the film live in the theater.


November 25; 9:45pm | Buy Tickets
ONE NITE ONLY: Maniac (1980, William Lustig)

We’re screening William Lustig’s nasty horror classic, Maniac, in 35mm with the director in house for a post-screening Q&A. Spend the evening with Frank Zito, a wild-eyed psychopath who suffered through an unspeakably horrific childhood, and begins fighting his demons the only way he knows how: collecting scalps.


November 29 & November 30; Midnite | Buy Tickets
THX BKLYN: Serpico (1973, Sidney Lumet)

When a New York hipster starts his job in the NYPD, he’s immediately pegged as an outcast by his peers. Seemingly the only decent cop in the city, Frank Serpico becomes a target in his own department as he uncovers untold amounts of institutional corruption, while also struggling as a social outcast in the more freewheeling West Village culture.

Though mainly shot in Mahattan, there are many famous scenes shot in and around Williamsburg, including a few particularly traumatic scenes filmed right around the corner from the theater.

American Hippie

November 29 & November 30; Midnite | Buy Tickets
An American Hippie in Israel (1972, Amos Sefer)

This bizarre Israeli film was long thought lost until it was rediscovered in 2007. Since then, it’s become staple midnite movie fair in its home country, and is just now getting a full release here in the states. About an American Vietnam vet who’s flees to Israel to find his own little unexplored corner of the earth, there’s quite a lot of hippie commune talk and naked hippie dancing. Things don’t really go well, though.


November 30 & December 1; Brunch | Buy Tickets
THX BKLYN: The Squid and the Whale (2005, Noah Baumbach)

A funny and heartfelt portrait of intolerable Brooklyn egg-heads, Noah Baumbach wrote The Squid and the Whale based on his own experiences growing up in Brooklyn in the early ’80s. Jeff Daniels is particularly great as the world’s biggest literary asshole.