Category Archives: Film Screenings

Docu Film Screening: “Fifi Howls From Happiness”…rediscovering Persian’s Picasso

Fifi Howls From HappinessDate: August 12 through August 15, 2014
Theater: Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (1886 Broadway, 212- 757-0359)

Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy.

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Documentary Film Screening: Docunight Features Mehran Tamadon’s “Bassidji” (Iran)

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave, New York, NY 10003)
Ticket: $10

Every last Wednesday of every month, Docunight will screen a documentary about, around, in, made by Iran or Iranians.  The screenings will take place on the same night across several cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Dubai, New York (the list of locations is growing). Docunight films will be diverse in subject and will run the gamut.  All films will have English subtitles. Tomorrow they will feature Mehran Tamadon‘s Bassidji.

Film Screening: French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Ciné Institute of Haiti present “Haiti Optimiste”

 image001Fashion Designer Donna Karan, Rock Band Arcade Fire, Actors Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire), and Video Director Vincent Morisset to join Gala Benefit Evening Supporting Haiti’s renowned Ciné Institute.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: FIAF · Florence Gould Hall; 55 East 59th Street, NYC

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Ciné Institute are thrilled to announce the return of Haiti Optimiste, a festive and star-studded event to benefit Haiti’s renowned film school.

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A Documentary Film: “The Breath Courses Through Us” by Alan Roth about the early 1960s avant-garde jazz group, the New York Art

Featuring: Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Milford Graves, Reggie Workman, Amiri Baraka with: Steve Lacy, Pierre Dørge and Ben Young. – Guests: Evan Patrick, Verna Gillis, Lois Graves, Thurston Moore, David Murray, Maya Milenovic Workman, Margaret Naber and Yolo Tchicai

The U.S. premiere will take place on Friday evening, January 31, 2014 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The world premiere of The Breath Courses Through Us took place at the FIDMarseille-Festival International de Cinéma
( in Marseille, France, in July 2013.

The Breath Courses Through Us (2013) is a documentary film by Alan Roth about the early 1960s avant-garde jazz group, the New York Art Quartet. The film focuses on the group’s 35-year reunion, while reaching back through their recollections of their foundations and innovative musical ideas. The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of this group, and a revolutionary period in jazz music, which declared its existence in the October Revolution in Jazz, in October 1964.

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Documentary Film Screening: NY Premiere of “Very Extremely Dangerous”

312812-250Venue: Wythe Hotel Screening Room’s View (80 Wythe Ave @ N. 11th, Brooklyn, NY 11249)
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2013
Time: 7pm
Ticket: $10

On Saturday, January 18th, Wythe Hotel Cinema is proud to host the New York premiere of the documentary Very Extremely Dangerous, produced by Robert Gordon and directed by Paul Duane. This film has earned Duane, who will be in attendance with Gordon, a spot on Variety’s recent “Ten Directors to Watch” list.

Very Extremely Dangerous is a thrill ride on the trigger finger of career criminal and one-time Sun Records recording artist Jerry McGill.

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