Northside’s back at Nitehawk this year with eight films to share. We’ve cobbled together everything that’s going on below, what to expect, who’s going to be here, the works. Judging by the pictures, though, one thing you can expect are a lot of women in bathing suits — I’m not sure if that was on purpose or not.
Homemakers (2014) | Buy Tickets
Director: Colin Healey
Starring: Rachel McKeon, Jack Culbertson
When is it Playing: Monday, June 16 at 7:15pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: A grating art-rock chick bounces around the country from one hip hive to the next before finally scoring a dilapidated Pittsburgh house in her grandfather’s will. She decides to move in and shape the place to her liking, which mostly means breaking everything and splattering paint every which way.
Who’s Going to Be There: Director Colin Healey
What Else You Got?: Dan Schoenbrun’s short Awesome Asian Bad Guys about a gang of 80’s and 90’s action movie refugees who band together to take down a mob boss.
Heavenly Creatures (1994) | Buy Tickets
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet
When is it Playing: Monday, June 16 at 9:45pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: Peter Jackson’s fantastical retelling of the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder lit up the festival and indie circuit when it hit 20 years ago. It was the debut of both Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey, who play inseparable friends whose intense relationship raises their parents’ concerns (it was the 50’s, after all), ultimately leading to an unnervingly brutal crime.
Who’s Going to Be There: J.D. Samson of Le Tigre and MEN fame will be here to introduce the film on behalf of QUEER/ART/FILM and discuss the the film’s impact on her life and work.
What Else You Got?: We’re also playing Barbara Hammer’s influential short film Dyketactics beforehand.
If You Take This (2014) | Buy Tickets
Director: Craig Butta
Starring: Master Musicians of Joujouka
When is it Playing: Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30pm
Who’s Going to Be There: BAMcinemaFest will lead a Q&A with director Craig Butta
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: If You Take This, which is making its New York debut at Northside, seems a little difficult to pin down. It’s an exploration of Moroccan culture and music, but it’s also a tripped-out road movie about a film crew that gets drawn into local culture. The Northside website describes it as “a psychedelic, hybrid ethnography.” All I know is that the teaser features a lot of goats hanging out in trees.
Fort Tilden (2014) | Buy Tickets
Director: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
Starring: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Neil Casey, Griffin Newman, Peter Vack, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Alysia Reiner
When is it Playing: Tuesday, June 17 at 9:45pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: A pair of feckless hipster chix cast aside the anxieties of their quarter-life crises and pedal out to the Urban Outfitters of New York beaches, Fort Tilden. The two girls hop on their bikes (fixies, naturally) and get lost in Brooklyn proving that they’re as aimless in pleasure as they are in life.
Who’s Going to Be There: Directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
Summer of Blood (2014) | Buy Tickets
Director: Onur Tukel
Starring: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Dakota Goldhor, Onur Tukel, Dustin Guy Defa, Melodie Sisk, Jason Selvig
When is it Playing: Wednesday, June 18 at 7:15pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: Erik Sparrow is kind of an asshole. He’s nice enough. He has a swell job and a loving girlfriend. But when she asks him to marry her, he turns her down and then steadily screws up every other aspect of his life. After that, he becomes a vampire and things start looking up.
Who’s Going to Be There: Director and star Onur Tukel
The Babadook (2014) | Buy Tickets
Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
When is it Playing: Wednesday, June 18 at 9:45pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: This movie looks absolutely terrifying. It won a slew of awards at Sundance this year, and now it’s finally coming to Brooklyn to scare the bejesus out of everyone. The film follows a recently-widowed woman whose child starts seeing the monster from a story book in his room. At first, she’s concerned for his mental well-being, but then the dark corners of her home start to take on a life of their own.
The Past is a Grotesque Animal (2014) | Buy Tickets
Director: Jason Miller
Starring: Kevin Barnes
When is it Playing: Thursday, June 19 at 7:30pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: Kevin Barnes has spent close to two decades as the frontman for the popular psychedelic pop group of Montreal. The band’s been hugely successful, but has lost a boatload of members over the years (close to 20). Tirelessly dedicated to his music, of Montreal has been a constant personal strain for Barnes, leading him, his family, and his former bandmates to question whether the performance art has been worth it.
Who’s Going to Be There: Oscilloscope to introduce
Daisies (1966) | Buy Tickets
Director: Vera Chytilová
Starring: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová
When is it Playing: Thursday, June 19 at 9:30pm
What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: Made with state money, the 1966 Czech farce Daisies was banned by the government for “depicting the wanton,” and the film’s director, Vera Chytilová was forbidden to work in the country for almost a decade. What’s it about? A pair of Czech pranksters, who find society spoiled, go about and raise hell.
Who’s Going to Be There: Reverse Shot to introduce