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


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)

Groundhog-Day-4GROUNDHOG DAY (Harold Ramis, 1993) | Buy Tickets

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.


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…

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

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…


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:

Video: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Nitehawk is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a very special Country Brunchin screening of The Three Amigos on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 (Buy tickets!) But what we’re most excited about is the pre-show serenade by New York’s first and ONLY all-female mariachi band, Flor de Toloache! Check out this video from a recent performance to see how amazing they are!

Post No Bills: Jim Henson and The Muppets

March Brunch: Muppets/Post Muppets | Buy Tickets

This month we’re pretty excited to play four features from The Jim Henson Company, founded by the puppeteer who built an empire at his felt and googly-eye sweatshop. There have been a lot of Muppet produced TV specials and direct-to-video releases over the last thirty-plus years, but only thirteen theatrical features. Below we’ve collected some high-rez posters from The Muppets and beyond, excluding stuff like Muppets Wizard of Oz, partially because it was never released in theaters, but also because it’s way crappy.

The-Muppet-Movie-Poster-Small4The Muppet Movie (1979)