Mother’s Day in NYC: TERMINATOR 2 & MILDRED PIERCE

Take your favorite lady to Nitehawk Cinema to celebrate all things maternal with a pair of unconventional Mother’s Day brunch screenings. Nitehawk is not your typical movie-going experience as you and your mom will sip on cocktails while enjoying an appetizing meal from the comfort of your seat. Dessert is always optional so save some room and make Mother’s Day a Nitehawk Day!

 

TERMINATOR 2:
Ten years after a futuristic cyborg was sent to kill Sarah Conner and she survived, a stronger Terminator (T-1000) comes back into her life to kill her son, John Conner. Again, the robotic assassins visit the past to eliminate the future leader of the resistance party (i.e. John Conner) but, thankfully, the rebels re-send a protector to keep them all alive. But this time, it’s the old Terminator, who’s out to save the future! As past selves meet the decisions of future selves (the mind melts), TERMINATOR 2 is an exciting sequel complete with stunning make-up and special effects. Hasta la vista, baby.

May 11 and 12 – TERMINATOR 2 (10:45 am) – NITEHAWK WILLIAMSBURG


MILDRED PIERCE:
Joan Crawford gives an Academy Award-winning performance in the title role of this melodramatic film noir. After Mildred’s second husband is murdered, flashbacks reveal the events leading up to his death. A doting mother, Mildred rises from waitress to restaurant-chain owner, but her spoiled daughter’s selfishness results in heartbreak.

May 11 and 12 – MILDRED PIERCE (10:30 am) – NITEHAWK PROSPECT PARK

Celebrate Fabulously and Showcase Your Pride at Nitehawk Cinema

On June 28, 1969, riots broke out in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which is now the country’s first national monument dedicated to LGBTQ rights. To honor the 50th anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, NItehawk Cinema celebrates representation, inclusiveness, and the LGBTQ community with special screenings of queer films and events in association with NewFest and Queer Soup Night. The Pride program will run at both Nitehawk locations between May 25th – June 9th and will showcase a diverse range of stories to open hearts and eyes to the queer experience.

Cult classic BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER will be the first 35mm print to screen in Prospect Park

Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk divulges, “We’re extremely proud to celebrate the LGBTQ community by highlighting iconic and contemporary independent films directed by women and people of color.” To kick off Pride at Nitehawk Williamsburg is Wanuri Kahiu’s vibrant and tender love story between two young women set in Kenya, Rafiki. Followed by Caroline Berler’s documentary Dykes, Camera, Action which features commentary on how Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s helped to build visibility around lesbian filmmakers that completely transformed society’s imagination about queerness. “To be able to honor LGBTQ experiences in film with the directors, partners like NewFest and Queer Soup, and our audiences this June fills us with, pardon the pun, PRIDE,” proclaims Caryn.

Alice Wu’s directorial debut and beloved romance film Saving Face is presented on 35mm as Shayana Filmore leads an intimate conversation with the director after the film. Collaborating with NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization, Nitehawk is thrilled to screen a rare 35mm print of a legendary film that depicts the vivacious romantic lives of African-American gay men while candidly exploring the universal aspects of friendship. The special screening requires the purchase of a $15 voucher as each audience member will receive a copy of the book, PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests, courtesy of Abrams Books. “NewFest is delighted to be working with Nitehawk this June to celebrate our community on the momentous 50th anniversary of Stonewall, bringing contemporary queer cinema to Brooklyn to expand the visibility and reach of LGBTQ stories throughout New York City,” affirms Nick McCarthy, Director of Programming at NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization.

The documentary DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! screens at Nitehawk Williamsburg

Nitehawk Prospect Park is excited to present its first ever screening on 35mm with the cult-classic film But I’m A Cheerleader by Jamie Babbit. The award-winning director will participate in a Q&A after an introduction by drag performers Brie Y.O.B. and Maddelynn Hatter/MaDd. In partnership with Queer Soup Night, the Brooklyn born queer party with soup at its center, Chefs Jenn de la Vega, Blessing Schuman-Strange and Caroline McAuliffe serve up a fabulous selection of soups to raise funds for interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth. Liz Alpern, Creator of QSN, expresses, “Hosting QSN at Nitehawk is a dream come true! We can’t wait to sip on soup surrounded by community while watching the setting sun over Prospect Park.” Donations for interACT will be collected by QSN, while tickets for the film screening portion are strongly encouraged to be purchased in advance.

In classic Nitehawk flair, a special Pride cocktail has been created so a portion of the proceeds raised during the month-long celebration will support local LGBTQ organizations. As WorldPride takes over New York City, Nitehawk Cinema is thrilled to elevate the global event with additional entertainment offerings to the estimated 4 million visitors expected to celebrate the historic and citywide festivities. Tickets are available at www.nitehawkcinema.com.

Full schedule includes:

Nitehawk Williamsburg

May 25 and 26 – RAFIKI
Jun 1 and 2 – DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION with Q&A with director Caroline Berler on June 1st
Jun 6 – SAVING FACE with Q&A with director Alice Wu; Hosted by Shayana Filmore (35mm presentation)
Jun 7 and 8 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (35mm presentation)
Jun 8 – QUEER BRUNCH WITH NEWFEST and NITEHAWK (35mm presentation)

Nitehawk Prospect Park

Jun 5 – HIGH ART
Jun 6 – MIDNIGHT COWBOY
Jun 8 – BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (35mm presentation)
Jun 9 – BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER with Queer Soup, Drag Show, and Q&A with director Jamie Babbit (35mm presentation)

COMING SOON: Celebrate Love and Groundhog Day at Nitehawk Cinema

There’s so much to toast in the month of February: We’re one month closer to spring; The Big Game; The Oscars; and the sweetest day of them all, Valentine’s Day. We all deserve a great love story and whether you’re in Williamsburg or Prospect Park, Nitehawk has a selection of heart beating titles to celebrate.

One could expect that GROUNDHOG DAY would be an exercise in tedium. Fortunately, we can all thank the comedic god, Bill Murray for getting us through. This film is a hilarious joy ride through the peaks and valleys of life. Even the greatest days are best lived only once.

Playing at both Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg and Prospect Park.
Feb 2nd and 3rd – GROUNDHOG DAY (Brunch)

LOVE IS LOVE: This weekend, Nitehawk Williamsburg ignites its LOVE IS LOVE series with PARIAH, the intimate debut feature by Dee Rees, set in Brooklyn, that explores a teenage girl’s queer identity. Love can manifest in many ways and our midnite section takes an appropriately bizarre turn that dark lovers will adore with THE WILD BOYS. This program will lift spirits and expose the unavoidable power of the heart. Love isn’t always easy but it’s almost always worth it.

Feb 1 and 2 – THE WILD BOYS (Midnite)
Feb 2 and 3 – PARIAH (Brunch)

LOVE IS LOVE will continue all month long at Nitehawk Williamsburg with:
Feb 8 and 9 – CRASH (Midnite)
Feb 9 and 10 – NOTTING HILL (Brunch)
Feb 12 – BEFORE SUNRISE (Film Feast)
Feb 15 – SEVEN CHANCES (Live Cinema Sound)
Feb 15 and 16 –  ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Midnite)
Feb 16 and 17 – LOVE, SIMON (Brunch)
Feb 22 and 23 – BOUND (Midnite)
Feb 23 and 24 – LOVE & BASKETBALL (Brunch)

CASABLANCA: A landmark film in a landmark theater! Nitehawk Prospect Park welcomes one of the most revered films of all time, CASABLANCA. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca. Grab your loved one and celebrate Valentine’s Day with this classic at Nitehawk Prospect Park.

Feb 14th – CASABLANCA (7:00PM)

 

On Explorers: The Adventure Begins In Your Own Back Yard!  

explorers_slider-960x370Nitehawk’s projectionist Joe Muto writes about one of his favorite films, Explorers, that just so happens to be playing at brunch this weekend in 35mm. (Get Tickets)

This is the second time that I’ll have the pleasure of manually projecting an original print of a favorite childhood film of mine. A film that, 25 years ago, i never would have dreamt I’d be writing about, never mind projecting for an audience.  Fans of the genre should come out this weekend for Explorers. And if you’ve never seen it….well… just as the aliens says at the end of the film, “It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.”

Whenever I think about my absolute favorite films of all time, I’m reminded of something crucial. If the year 1985 was taken out of the equation, I’d be left with a giant hole in my soul.  In fact, something like 80% of what I love, what I know, what I understand about myself, would be lost.  It’s inconceivable. But 1985 man!  With Back To The Future, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, and Return To Oz, it’s remarkable how much of my childhood loves stem from this particular year in history.

Interview: Leslie Buchbinder, Director of HAIRY WHO & THE CHICAGO IMAGISTS

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This month, Nitehawk’s Art Seen presents the New York premiere of Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists. (Get your tickets here!) The new documentary centers around an incredibly unique group of artists in Chicago who, whether you know them or not, you will certainly recognize the artists they have influenced (like Gary Panter who will be at the April 23 screening). Art Seen programmer Caryn Coleman chatted with first-time director Leslie Buchbinder about the film, Hairy Who, New York and what’s up next…

Nitehawk: You grew up in Chicago and knew some of the “Hairy Who” artists. How did this influence you and when did you decide that this was a documentary you wanted to make?

Leslie Buchbinder: Well…it so happened that at the same time I entered adolescence, this extraordinary group of artists – later known as the Chicago Imagists – entered my family’s life. There was (happily, now!) no way to avoid either the art or the artists! While gazing at this powerhouse scene with pubescent eyes, I was alternately disturbed and relieved, perplexed and enlightened. Plus, I had the remarkable privilege of occasionally ‘hanging out’ with this group. For example, at the age of 14, I somehow coerced Ed Paschke and Roger Brown to spend an afternoon making holiday tree decorations with me. While we sat together forging ornaments out of flour, salt, and water, I watched Ed’s and Roger’s agile hands transform the goop into fully-painted forms, including genetalia-replete torsos adorned with sparkles & pins. The day was uncanny and magical: It reaffirmed my goal to live a life devoted to un-adult-erated creating within grownup time.

Nitehawk Trailers: COMMITTED

From Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor in 35mm to a Live Sound Cinema presentation of Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Nitehawk looks at the mental institution in film with its March series COMMITTED.

 

The History of GROUNDHOG DAY (the day, not the movie)

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Everyone knows about Punxsutawney Phil and his ability to let us know, by going back in his hole or not, whether we’ll have more winter or spring soon. But did you know the long, international history behind Groundhog Day? (Note: it doesn’t have anything to do with Bill Murray). We’ve listed our favorite factoid below but be sure to visit Groundhog.org for all the interesting details!

Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs to in profusion in many parts of the state. They determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal and therefore decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see its shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another six weeks of winter.

The Germans recited:
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until the May.

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Post by Caryn Coleman @caryn_coleman

Stabby Scary Spooky Time: October at Nitehawk

dismember-splash2It’s October! Our favorite time of the year. The weather is just right, you get to wear all kinds of fancy new clothes, and you can binge on horror movies without any guilt whatsoever.

We have a whole slew of horror and more in store for you this month, including our massive series on horror’s most fearsome foe: the Final Girl. Also a special presentation of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Casey Affleck in house; a special screening of NY graffiti-doc Style Wars and a special 20th anniversary screening of Pulp Ficiton! Plus, out all-nite Halloween horror movie marathon: A Nite to Dismember! It’s all below. Bewaaarreeeee

Special Independence Day Menu for JAWS & MARS ATTACKS!

jaws-specialmenuEat like Quint and Hooper (and hell, share some war stories) at Nitehawk this Independence Day weekend. Our brunch screenings of JAWS and MARS ATTACKS! will feature a special July 4th menu that you can’t get anywhere else…including our other films! Check out what’s on deck…

FOOD SPECIALS
Butter n’ Scotch ‘Smore Pie – $7
 

Lobster Roll $14
tarragon, red onion, brioche bun, house cut fries or salad

Kosher Hot Dog 
Brooklyn Bangers kosher hot dog, fresh sauerkraut, homemade relish, whole grain mustard, house cut fries or salad

DRINK SPECIALS
Summer Sangria with fresh fruit – $9

Catcher in the Rye – $10
Snap ginger liqueur, Old Overholt Rye, housemade mint lemonade

The Phantom Tollbooth: Animators & Illustrators

From book to film, The Phantom Tollbooth had two of the greatest animators/illustrators of the 20th century involved in making bored little Milo come to life. In preparation for our 35mm screening of the children’s classic this weekend (get your tickets!), here’s a crash course on Jules Feiffer and Chuck Jones…

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Jules Feiffer. Illustrator for Norton Juster’s book The Phantom Tollbooth (1961).
In addition to his strip Feiffer running in The Villlage Voice for 42 years (!!), his strips, cartoons and illustrations have also appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe New YorkerEsquirePlayboy and The Nation. In regards to his work on the publication of The Phantom Tollbooth he told CBS Sunday Morning, “Norton [Juster] would read me what he had written…and in order to avoid doing the work I was supposed to doing, I began sketching characters for the ‘Phantom Tollbooth.’ And as it evolved, it just seemed like a natural act, that if this book was going to be Illustrated, why not by me?”

phantomtollbooth-CJChuck Jones. Animator and director of the film, The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
Seems silly to even list what legendary Chuck Jones has done since you know him from pretty much every Looney Tunes cartoon ever but here goes…animator of How the Grinch Stole Christmas,  creator of Marvin the Martian, Pepe LePew, the Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote, and the director of  animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig. And then he directed that outrageous film we love, The Phantom Tollbooth.

Also, check out this doc, Chuck Jones: Extremes and in Betweens – A Life in Animation: