Cinema Conservancy engages in guest programming and coordination of special events at theaters around New York City.
Indie 80s at BAM
A sprawling 6-week, 60+ film survey of American independent film in the 1980s.
The series spotlights “the independent films of the neglected decade between the golden age of 70s New Hollywood and the indie boom of the 90s. Exploring the textures of regional America and uncovering alternative histories to the supposed monoculture of the Reagan years, independent filmmakers of the 1980s offered up an edgy alternative to overblown Hollywood blockbusters and the straight-laced conservatism of the era.”
The series included films by Jim Jarmusch, Errol Morris, David Lynch, Joel and Ethan Coen, Stephen Soderbergh, Sam Raimi and Abel Ferrara, as well as lesser known directors of the era.
Fog City Maverick: The Films of John Korty at BAM
One of American independent cinema’s most distinctive, unsung voices, Oscar- and Emmy-winning director John Korty has quietly carved out a one-of-a-kind career for five decades and counting. Korty has pursued indie and television projects that reflect his boundless visual imagination (including experiments in animation) and glowingly humanistic outlook. Refreshingly offbeat, these rarely screened gems are ripe for rediscovery.
Afraid of Everything at Anthology Film Archives
David Barker’s Afraid of Everything (1999) at Anthology Film Archives, a tale of a complex relationship between two very different sisters in the Brooklyn waterfront home of one of them.
Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet at The Queens Museum & Bronx Documentary Center
James Gaffney, Martin Lucas and Jonathan Miller’s Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet (1981) at The Queens Museum and The Bronx Documentary Center. A documentary that tracks the economic crises in New York and Cleveland of the 1970s, and the reactions to each by the cities’ mayors.