REEL 13 may be taking a break for June pledge, but we haven’t taken our eye off of the great films playing around the city. While you’re waiting for us to return to your home theater on June 25th, here are some films to stave off your cinematic ennui. Sticking to the typical REEL 13 lineup, we present you with our favorite classic, indie, and short films playing in a theater near you.
The Metrograph 1:00 PM, 9:30 PM (Showing as part of the Brian De Palma series)
Before Walter White, the meth-cooking cancer patient dreaming of glory, there was Tony Montana, the cocaine-dealing Cuban immigrant reinventing the American dream. Scarface, the 1983 gangster flick, has been canonized as one of Al Pacino’s most iconic roles: a murderous drug lord with a Gatsby-esque disposition, and a soft spot for his sister, Gina. While the film is often remembered for its gore and X rating (which was also given to classics like Midnight Cowboy and A Clockwork Orange), it is a feature that mirrors the lingering Cold War mentality of the early Reagan presidency. Tony, seeing America as the land of opportunity, goes from rags to riches, which ultimately leads to his demise.
IFC Center 10:35 AM, 12:35 PM, 2:35 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:45 PM, 5:50 PM, 7:25 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:40 PM
“I don’t believe in letting the culture of shame keep me in place,” Anthony Weiner remarked to Alec Baldwin recently in an interview for Here’s the Thing (WNYC). Perhaps that should be the tagline of the newest documentary, Weiner, about his failed comeback campaign for Mayor in 2013. The film, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, uses Weiner as a microcosm of the hawkish culture of modern American politics, and in the current political mayhem, viewers may have a new appreciation for Weiner’s frustration with the media’s sustained attention on his scandals rather than on his housing policies. Weiner is the classic story of the underdog who refuses to quit, no matter how many times he beats himself down.
Good White People
Territory: Short Films About Terf War -Firefighters Field, Roosevelt Island
7:30PM Doors Open
8:00PM Live Music by Free Cake for Every Creature
8:30PM Films Begin
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Good White People, explores a side effect of gentrification beyond the bounty of Starbucks and pet grooming stores. The documentary tells the story of Reginald Stroud Sr., longtime resident and convenience store owner, who is forced out of his home and business due to an influx of hipsters and condos. It is a tale that New Yorkers know too well, and filmmakers Jarrod Welling-Cann and Erick Stoll, bring a rhythmic and jarring look into urban displacement. The film is being featured in a series called Territory: Short Films About Terf War, along with other shorts such as Territory, Jungle, and Red Folder. The event is free and will take place at Firefighters Field, Roosevelt Island.
By Rachel Olshin