September 1, 2000
Highlighting New York City, the Museum of Photographic Arts' (MoPA) film program showcases New York: City of Angles. Additional series are a Robert Frank three-film series, FILMOUT 2000, a continuation of the popular The Great Female Performers Series of classical music documentaries and a Halloween 3-D festival. All programs are offered in the new Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater at MoPA, Sept. 1 through Oct. 29, 2000.
"Forget about long airport lines and jet lag," said Scott Marks, MoPA's Curator of Film, "This fall the only first class ticket to New York you'll need is right here at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater."
New York: City of Angles
In conjunction with the New York, New York exhibition at MoPA (Aug. 20 - Oct. 15, 2000), the film program will feature a two-month festival of films that uses New York as the setting. Featured in this retrospective are romances including Annie Hall, The Apartment; Sci-Fi films such as King Kong and The World, The Flesh and the Devil; great musicals like On The Town and Hair; social melodramas highlighting On the Waterfront, and The Sweet Smell of Success; and plenty of comedies including The Producers, It Should Happen To You and So This is New York.
Robert Frank Films
In conjunction with Robert Frank: The Americans exhibition at MoPA (Aug. 20 - Oct. 15, 2000), the theater will screen three of Frank's films on Sunday, Oct. 8. Each film is ½-hour to one hour in length and all three films will screen consecutively at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The films are: Pull My Daisy, 1959, a look at the beat generation and made with writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and painters Alfred Leslie, Larry Rivers and Alice Neel; Life Dances On, 1980, Frank's most personal and emotional work revealing his family and close friends; and Last Supper, 1992, a film mocking an elite group of New Yorkers preparing for a book-signing party.
In partnership with Media Heritage, Inc., MoPA is hosting FILMOUT, a series presenting films with gay, lesbian and bisexual themes, Oct. 12 - 15, 2000. Films include The Leopard, 1963, by Luchino Visconti on Oct. 12, and an exclusive premiere of Everything Will Be Fine, 1997, by Angelina Maccarone on Oct. 13. The final night of the series, Oct. 15, doubles up with The Killing of Sister George, 1968, by Robert Aldrich, and The Boys in the Band, 1970, by William Friedkin.
An additional category, In Search of a Queer Sensibility, features films made by lesbian, gay and bisexual directors that include no overtly queer content. An exclusive premiere of The Neon Bible,1995, by Terrence Davies screens on Oct. 14, and is paired with the favorite A Star is Born, 1954, by George Cukor. Scheduled screenings are Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Admission for all films is $7.50 adults, $6 MoPA members, $5 students and seniors. This price includes all films screened in one evening. All films are subject to change, and the most current information is on the MoPA Film Hotline, 619.238.7559, #3.
The Great Female Performers Series
In conjunction with MoPA's Film Society, The Great Female Performers Series is a roll call of internationally renowned musicians past and present, who are featured in fascinating and insightful documentaries. The series comprises laser disc documentaries showcasing the talents of, and interviews with, some of the greatest musicians of both the present and past. The focus is now on four female artists: soprano Kathleen Battle, jazz legend Sarah Vaughan, conductor Antonia Brico and violinist Midori.
The series begins Sept. 12 with a double bill featuring soprano Kathleen Battle in Baroque Duet, 1992, and Spirituals in Concert, 1990. Baroque Duet pairs Battle with Wynton Marsalis as they master the glorious and demanding music of the baroque period. Sprituals features the performance of Battle and Jessye Norman in Carnegie Hall, a tour-de-force in which virtuosity and charisma are unparalleled.
The series continues Sept. 26 with one of the jazz greats Sarah Vaughan in Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One, 1991, recounting her amazing career. From her beginnings at the Mt. Zion Baptist church in Newark, New Jersey, and her debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater, this documentary is packed with live performances spanning her entire 50-year career.
The final screenings are Oct. 10, featuring Antonia: Portrait of A Woman,1974, directed by Joan Godmilow & Judy Collins, a documentary about the struggles the influential conductor had overcoming sexual discrimination, and Oct. 17 , Midori Live At Carnegie Hall, 1990, screening a live performance on the occasion of the violinist's New York recital when she was 19 years old.
Scheduled screenings are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., Sept. 12 and 26, Oct 10 and 17, 2000.
Halloween 3-D Festival
More fun is in store with a double-feature of 3-D monster movies for Halloween weekend. Friday and Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2000, pairs up Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954, and Revenge of the Creature, 1955, and MoPA provides the 3-D glasses.