The Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s pre-eminent New York-based non-profit film organization, announced today that its new landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center — a multi-screen theater and cultural venue in the heart of Lincoln Center’s campus — will offer the general public a weekend of free programming, in and around the Film Center, leading up to the official opening on June 17.
Events celebrating the film center’s opening and previewing the programming to come will include special screenings, music performances and discussions on film by top filmmakers, luminaries and academics. Highlights will include a movie marathon of NY Film Festival classics such as Miller’s Crossing, My Fair Lady and Pulp Fiction; new restorations from the Cinematheque Francaise and the Taipei Film Archive; a performance by the band Fall On Your Sword, which caused a sensation at the recent Sundance Film Festival; and film discussions, panels and Q&As with notable figures that include Paul Schrader, Antonio Damasio, and Fredric Jameson (the noted cultural critic and winner of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize).
Additional confirmed highlights will be Jason Reitman and Mike Nichols discussing Nichols’ classic Carnal Knowledge following a screening of the film; Oliver Stone appearing with a special director’s cut of Alexander Revisited; Paul Schrader conducting a “film class” with Bernardo Bertolucci’s classic The Conformist as the subject; and Kevin Smith presenting a special nostalgic look at Martha Coolidge’s 1983 comedy Valley Girl. The event will mark the debut of a new bi-monthly FSLC screening series, “Kevin Smith’s SMoviola.”
Among the events designed to showcase the Film Center’s brand new Amphitheatre will be “Merv Bloch’s Trailer Show” which will feature the film industry’s advertising legend and the creative force behind many of the iconic movie trailers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and screenings of The Story and Live, Joseph! from Ghetto Film School, the award-winning film education program in the South Bronx which works to develop a new generation of film artists from that area.
“The new Film Center will be a cultural destination in New York City for every New Yorker and every person visiting New York City,” said Rose Kuo, Executive Director of the Film Society. “It will offer the public a complete cultural experience, and so we hope our kickoff will offer a sampling of what we have in store for everyone in the years to come.”
The free events will take place from June 10-12th and tickets will be available starting one week prior. For more information, visit Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.