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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced its upcoming screenings and appearances for February 2013. Details below!
FRIDAY, February 1
FIVE DANCES at Dance on Camera with director Alan Brown, cinematographer Derek McKane and lead actor/dancer Ryan Steele attending and participating in a post-screening Q&A (in the Walter Reade Theater).
SATURDAY, February 2
Ice Theatre of New York panel presentation at Dance on Camera with Dick Button, Olympic champion skater and commentator; Moira North, Director of Ice Theatre of New York; Joanna Mendl Shaw, choreographer; Alberto del Saz, former ice skating champion from Spain, choreographer; and Sara Hughes, 2002 Olympic skating champion (in the the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center).
SUNDAY, February 3
Paul Taylor: DANCEMAKER at Dance on Camera with special guests from the Paul Taylor Dance Co., including: John Tomlinson, Executive Director, Dancers: Patrick Corbin, Rachel Berman, Michael Trusnovec and Tom Patrick, Ross Kramberg, Past Executive Director, and Stacey-Jo Marine, past Stage Manager, all attending the screening (in the Elinor Bunin Munore Film Center)..
FEATURED FEBRUARY SCREENINGS
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30PM in the Walter Reade Theater
Introduced by Jeremy Piven ("Entouarge"), Lifecasters is a film project featuring short films by Adam McKay (ANCHORMAN, "Funny or Die"), Shira Piven (FULLY LOADED), Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT, A LION IN THE HOUSE), and Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (THE WAY WE GET BY) that tell stories of Americans who have discovered creative ways of realizing their dreams - a bit later in life.
The event includes the screenings as well as a live musical performance by MC5's Wayne Kramer, a subject of one of the films.
THE BEAST AND THE ANGEL
Directors: Adam McKay and Shira Piven
Film profiles influential MC5 guitarist and ex-prisoner Wayne Kramer, chronicling his own complicated journey of recovery using music as rehabilitation with prison inmates through his charity Jail Guitar Doors.
Directors: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Film tells the story of African-American dancer Sheri "Sparkle" Williams, one of the oldest female professional dancers still practicing in the United States.
THE GAMBLING MAN
Directors: Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
Film is a portrait of Albert Hurwit, an 80-year-old retired doctor who could not read or write music, yet composed an award-winning symphony.
Film Comment Double Feature
Early Zemeckis: I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND and USED CARS
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:00PM in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND (1978) 104min
Director: Robert Zemeckis
This frenetic and madcap debut from Robert Zemeckis showcases the comedic and pop culture-conscious sensibility that underpins and thankfully grounds the director's subsequent career as a master of large-scale, high-concept, and special effects-driven spectacles from ROMANCING THE STONE to BACK TO THE FUTURE and beyond. It's 1964 and America is in the first flush of Beatlemania. Led by soon-to-be-married Pam (Nancy Allen), four girls from Maplewood, NJ head for the Big Apple, intent (for a variety of reasons) on infiltrating the hotel where the Fab Four are staying prior to their legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in order to secure a personal audience with their idols. Enter Eddie Deezen as Beatles fanatic Richard "Ringo" Klaus, in full Jerry Lewis mode.
USED CARS (1980) 113min
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Despite the lambasting of the Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale-scripted 1941, executive producer Steven Spielberg backed his protégés once again with this caustic, rapid-fire satire about the sharp-practice rivalry between two used-car dealerships. In a career-breakout bravura comic performance, a pre-John Carpenter Kurt Russell plays sleazy hotshot salesman and aspiring politician Rudy, the king of the New Deal lot, owned by Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden). Luke's cut-throat rival and twin brother Roy (played-you guessed it-by Warden) runs the lot on the opposite side of the highway, where he hatches a plot to do away with the competition... with extreme prejudice. The ensuing battle royale between Rudy and Roy is a non-stop tour de force of kinetic, ever-more-elaborate gags and a tribute to the greed, duplicity, and mean-spiritedness that made America great.