When it comes to watching movies, you can’t beat this time of year. Autumn festival season begins, nostalgic titles play across theaters large and small, and people finally want to watch them indoors. (I’m sorry, but outdoor screenings are just not as satisfying as the cinema experience #controversialopinion.) It also happens to be the most acceptable time for horror buffs to drag their friends to see scary movies. Here are a few of the series and screenings we’re hoping to grab tickets to this month:
Kusama - Infinity (Film Forum)
We can’t get enough of all of the amazing female-centric documentaries that have come out recently, from Jane to RBG to The Center Will Not Hold to On Her Shoulders. To add to the list, this film about Yayoi Kusama, world-renowned artist whose work you’ve probably seen on your Instagram feed at one time or another, promises a fascinating and insightful viewing experience.
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (Various, including Wythe Hotel Cinema, Videology, Nitehawk, IFP, Syndicated)
The third annual BK Horror Festival spans eight days, showcasing world, US, and NY premieres of selected indie films. If you’re a horror junkie you may want to consider scoring one of their festival badges. Otherwise, individual tickets are available, so scroll through the program to find a film or two that interest you. And if you like living life on the edge, the festival is planning a “Secret Screening” of an undisclosed film. All they’ve revealed so far is that it’ll either be a new buzzworthy pick or a genre classic pulled from the archives.
Oct 12 & 14
Yamamoto’s Bloodthirsty Trilogy (Metrograph)
Japanese horror is essentially it’s own genre, am I right? This month Metrograph is screening Director Michio Yamamoto’s obscure 70s vampire films, The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil Dracula. If you’re feeling bold (and don’t have much else going on), watch all three vampire flicks back-to-back — or give yourself a breather and split them up over the two days they’ll be showing.
Moving In Place: A Documentary About Puerto Rico’s Young Diaspora (Videology Bar & Cinema)
Now for a little shameless self-promotion: yours truly directed a documentary about Puerto Ricans who face the decision of whether to stay on or leave the island amidst its ongoing crises. Join our team at an advanced screening and discussion over drinks in the heart of Williamsburg (a neighborhood that has historically been central to the Puerto Rican community in NYC). We’re donating proceeds to Uprose Brooklyn, a Sunset Park-based Puerto Rican community organization.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Cardozo School of Law — Yeshiva University)
Calling all law nerds! This documentary is about Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a family-owned Chinatown-based bank that became the only company to face criminal charges during the 2008 mortgage crisis. While the film came out in 2016, YU’s Cardozo School of Law is hosting a screening and panel discussion featuring members of the Sung family (Abacus’ owners and executives), their lawyer in the case, and a Cornell Law professor.