|Screenings and Festivals
Neon will release Sharp Edges, the original Tonya Harding movie by NYWIFT member Sandra Luckow, in its entirety. Catch the one week only theatrical release in NY and LA starting July 6. Buy tickets for NY Village East Cinema here, and LA – Music Hall here. Sandra Luckow will do a Q&A in NYC July 6-8, and in LA July 9-12. A global release on VOD/EST platforms begins July 17 and Hulu streaming begins August 3. Made 32 years ago as a Yale University senior thesis, Sharp Edges will be distributed in its entirety, world-wide, by NEON. Long before there was “the whack heard around the world,” or I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Academy Award winner Allison Janney, there was a 48-minute video shot on VHS tape of a 15 year old Tonya Harding going to her first National Figure Skating Championships. Clips of the film were licensed by filmmaker Sandra Luckow (BELLY TALKERS, THAT WAY MADNESS LIES...), starting in 1994 during the scandal to CBS 60 Minutes: My Name is Tonya Harding and were seen over the years in a variety of documentaries: ANYTHING TO WIN, the seminal ESPN 30 for 30 THE PRICE OF GOLD, NBC’s Sochi Olympic special NANCY & TONYA and most recently ABC’s 20/20 Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story. Never before has the whole film been released publicly.
From June 29 - July 12, Quad Cinema explores the female experience in New York City with a 50+ film restrospective called The New York Woman. It features working girls, shopgirls, party girls, and more, all navigating the opportunities, challenges, and perils of life in the Big Apple. Spanning nearly a century of cinema, highlights range from favorites like Baby Face, Crossing Delancey, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Funny Girl to rediscoveries such as Old Enough, I Like It Like That, Survival in New York, Working Girls, Claudine, and more. Movies and screening times are available online. Mention NYWIFT at the box office for a discounted affiliate rate.
Kino Lorber is releasing Iram Haq's What Will People Say on July 13 at IFC Center and NYWIFT member get $12 adult tickets (reg. $15). Print out this email or show a copy on your phone at the box office to take advantage of the discount, space permitting. Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her conservative Pakistani family she is the perfect, compliant daughter. But when out with her friends, she is a typical Norwegian teenager – partying and exploring relationships. When her father discovers her deception, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide. Trapped between countries and perceptions of honor, Nisha is forced to find her own way in life. This gripping and powerfully acted drama from Norwegian-Pakistani filmmaker Iram Haq untangles the complex relationship between a father and daughter and presents an empathetic perspective on family, community, and culture. Learn more.
NYWIFT member Patience ‘Ovo Okhuofu’s short film Idia: The Idah War will be screening on July 15 at the Cityplex-12 Cinema in Newark. The short will be shown along with the feature film Isio, a film that touches on the issue of childlessness in a marriage and the cultural stigma associated with the idea of adoption. Watch the trailer. Purchase your tickets via Eventbrite. Patience’s film, Idia: The Idah War was selected at the Imagine This Women’s Film Festival and it was also a finalist at the International Women Festival. Her aim is to bring to the big screen the stories of women around the world who one way or the other played a major role in the history of their community and also to help promote films by women filmmakers.
The Japan Society in New York City is hosting their 12th annual contemporary film series, JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film. The festival runs from July 19-29, and boasts an expansive slate of blockbusters and independents, documentaries and avant-garde works, and animation and newly-restored classics made in and around Japan. NYWIFT members will receive discount codes for the following screenings of films made by female filmmakers: Of Love & Law,Toward a Common Tenderness, KUSHINA, what will you be, Experimental Spotlight (shorts program), Amiko. Use discount code NYWIFT at checkout. Dates and times for screenings are available via the corresponding links.
NYWIFT is proud to be a community partner for the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), which runs July 25-Aug. 4. NYWIFT members get 25% off tickets to the screening of Meditation Park, followed by a Q&A with director Mina Shum, on July 27 at 8 PM at Village East Cinema. 60-year-old Maria Wang lives an ordinary, homebody life in East Vancouver. She chats with her neighbors, exercises in the park with her husband, Bing, and tidies up the house. One day while doing laundry, she reaches into Bing’s suit pocket and finds an orange G-string thong. Propelled by shock, sadness, and fear, she goes on a journey outside of her home to find out what her husband has been up to. In this deft, subtly emotional “love letter to Asian immigrant moms” (Sandra Oh), Meditation Park is a coming-to-independence story for one 60-year-old woman who questions her identity for the first time and finds a life for herself in the world outside of her home. Use discount code NYWIFT_41 to get the discount for this particular showing – buy tickets to Meditation Park.
NYWIFT member Grace Hannoy’s film When We Grow Up will make its NYC at the Asian American International Film Festival on July 27 at 5:30 PM at Village East Cinema. Grace is the producer, writer, and an actor in the film which was created by an entirely female crew and creative team! They even found some of our team members through the NYWIFT job board. When We Grow Up is a feature length dramatic comedy with a spin on the traditional “coming-of-age” narrative. The death of the family dog sends the matriarch of the Barnes family into a tailspin of grief causing her to call on her three adult children for comfort. When Elijah, Maris, and Louise arrive home for the funeral weekend, they simultaneously slip back into the childhood roles they filled growing up, while also struggling to keep up with the reality of their adult circumstances. This film dares to explore social challenges not often discussed in mainstream media: racial adoption issues, the redefining of the American family unit, sexual intimacy among a mature generation, and the process of growing up at different stages of adulthood. Buy tickets.
NYWIFT member Nicola Rose’s film Creative Block will screen Aug. 8 at the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema. Told in two languages and shot in two countries Creative Block is a story of creativity lost somewhere between New York and France. A young artist loses her inspiration and crosses an ocean in an attempt to get it back again. Tickets for the screening are available online.
Last updated: Jul. 10, 2018