Whether you are interested in stand-up comedy, live music, documentary films or cult classics, the Cinema Arts Centre offers a variety of special events and film screenings all month long. August highlights include, Cinema Arts Centre 8th Annual 48 Hour Filmmaking Competition, Crispin Glover Live in person two night event with Q&A and Knock Down The House (Presented with Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund).
The Cultural and Cinematic Legacy of The Godfather (Sky Room Talk)
Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
$11 Members | $16 Public
The Godfather films continue to fascinate and entertain audiences. They have become some of the most enduring in the industry and have played a major role in influencing audience’s perceptions and misperceptions of criminal activities and family life. In this program, film historian Irene Eckart and filmmaker Greg Blank will analyze clips from the films for their cultural and cinematic qualities, and show clips from the documentary The Godfather Legacy for insights into the development, production, and legacy of the films.
Ernie Kovacs Greatest Hits (hosted by Kovacs archivist Ben Model and Josh Mills, the son of Ernie’s wife Edie Adams)
Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 PM
$12 Members | $17 Public
Come and celebrate the centennial of the birth of offbeat comedy genius, Ernie Kovacs, with this hilarious presentation of his greatest gags and career highlights – hosted by Kovacs archivist Ben Model and Josh Mills, the son of Ernie’s wife Edie Adams.
Sauvage/Wild (The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents an Out At The Movies Screening)
Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 pm
Members $12 | Public $17 | Includes Reception
Camille Vidal-Naquet’s riveting and vibrant erotic journey of a 22-year-old male prostitute named Leo, features a stunning performance from Félix Maritaud (BPM). Leo trades in love as much as lust, and wanders through his life without rules or restrictions. Through a series of encounters that offer a glimpse into the complicated and visceral world of male sex work, Leo finds himself searching for affection anywhere he can get it – whether it’s the unrequited love for his hustler friend Ahd (Eric Bernard) or in the arms of an older, vulnerable client. Will Leo choose his freedom and the dangers that come with it, or the comforts of a stable relationship (France, 2019, NR, 99 min., French with English subtitles | dir. Camille Vidal-Naquet).
Jazz After Hours featuring the John Restrepo Quartet
Friday, August 16th at 9:30 pm
$10 Students + Members | $15 Public
One Day Independent Filmmaking Workshop
Saturday, August 17 at 11 am
Members $45 | Public $55
Film-making was once called “The Millionaire Sport”. Over the years, digital technology and many inside tricks has made filmmaking accessible to everybody. Glenn Andreiev’s one-day film-making workshop returns to the Cinema. Learn the hurdles on how to raise funds for a film, and to distribute your film in this competitive digital era. Find out about the one obstacle to production that most film schools overlook. Whether you have never touched a camera in your life, or want to brush up on your cinema skills- this will be an informative, fun morning very well spent.
UHF (Cult Café – 30th Anniversary Screening)
Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 PM
$5 Members | $7 Public
Weird Al” Yankovic’s beloved cult classic about a George Newman, a shiftless daydreamer who’s uncle wins a failing UHF TV network in a poker game, and decides to put George in charge of it to help turn his life around. George and his friend Bob (David Bowie) decide to replace the tired reruns with very unique original programming including a children’s show hosted by station janitor Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards) which becomes very successful and their ratings rival that of Channel 8’s, whose CEO RJ Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy) will stop at nothing to be number 1. (USA, 1989, 97 Mins., PG-13 | Dir. Jay Levey)
Woman On The Run (Film Noir Classics)
Monday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
$11 Members | $16 Public
Projected from a newly restored 35mm print, thanks to the efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, after the only American print was burned in a 2008 fire. Join the wild chase around San Francisco as a man goes into hiding after witnessing a gangland execution. Police bird-dog his wife Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), certain she’ll lead them to her husband, whose testimony against the killer could bring down a crime kingpin. But Eleanor and her hubbie are Splitsville—she never wants to see him again. When roguish newspaperman Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe) charms Eleanor into helping him track down the hidden husband—there are unexpected, stunning, and poignant results. (USA, 1951, 77 Mins., NR, English | Dir. Norman Foster)
Ernst Lubitsch’s Rosita
Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30 pm
$11 Members | $16 Public
With live theater organ accompaniment from Ben Model
New Digital Restoration! In 1922, the most popular actress in America, Mary Pickford, invited the most acclaimed director in Europe, Ernst Lubitsch, to make his first Hollywood film. The result was Rosita, released in 1923, in which Pickford plays a street singer of old Seville whose satirical barbs at the king of Spain arouse, in time honored tradition, first his ire and then his ardor. (USA, 1923, 90 mins, NR, Silent with English Intertitles | Dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
Friday, August 23 at 9:30 PM
$13 Members / $17 Public
Matthew Broussard is a disgraced financial analyst forced into stand-up comedy. The product of a Cajun chemist and Jewish biologist, he earned a degree in Applied Mathematics he always manages to bring up. (Just did it!) His comedy is heady, self-effacing, and weirdly… educational? He has appeared on the Tonight Show, Conan, his own Comedy Central Half Hour special, and some stuff with MTV
Kusama: Infinity (Mental Health Awareness: Screening, Discussion, Art Show)
Saturday, August 24, at 12 noon
Members $12 | Public $17 | Featuring discussion with a panel of mental health professionals
For decades, the work of Yayoi Kusama pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful – and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art as she approaches her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day. (USA, 2018, 76 Mins, NR, English & Japanese | Dir. Heather Lenz)
(The film will be followed by an art teacher-led “happening” by Anu Annam, Margaret Minardi and Caitlyn Shea and presentation by a Kusama expert in the Sky Room. There will be an ephemeral creation of a “Balancing Room”, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s “Obliterion Room” and other dot installations. Participants will balance a dot composition spatially, visually through color theory and emotionally through the Cognitive Behavior Therapy tenets of Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Comedy by the talented Mo Diggs and musical performance by Jane Olivia Remauro will be included in this creative afternoon. An amazing art exhibit by “SEA of Visibility“ visual artists will be on display, as well as by Muñeca Arthouse artists.)
John Carpenter’s The Thing (Cult Café)
Saturday, August 24th at 10:00 PM
$5 Members | $7 Public
The sci-fi /horror film about a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates, then imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other and that any one of them could be The Thing. (USA, 1982, 109 Mins., R | Dir. John Carpenter)
Gail Storm Swings! Making Memories with Music (Event for people with dementia and their care partners)
Monday, August 26 at 11:00 am
$5/Person | Popcorn and beverages served
Registration is required. RSVP: 631-423-7610 x0 (Cinema Box Office)
Making Memories With Music is a unique program designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. Gail Storm is a NY singer/songwriter/pianist. Join her as she performs bluesy renditions of classic blues/jazz standards and traditional pop tunes. Get ready for a musical walk down memory lane with some toe tappin’, swingin’ tunes including the boogie-woogie and much more.
New York Dog Film Festival
Monday, August 26 at 7:30 pm
Members $12 | Public $17 | Free for young film fans
August 26, 2019 is officially International Dog Day. Celebrate Man’s Best Friend with the Cinema Arts Centre for a one-time screening of the New York Dog Film Festival. The NY Dog Film Festival is an annual celebration of the love between dogs and their people, through short films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain, benefiting local animal welfare groups that bring people and pets together. 2 hours.
Crispin Glover Live In Person!
August 27 at 7:30 pm and August 28 at 7:30 pm
Each Show: $25 Members | $30 Public
Double Show Package Discount: $40 Members | $50 Public
Join Crispin Hellion Glover for a special two-night presentation featuring his independently produced feature films on 35mm – both accompanied by a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books, in deliberate creative order, where Part 2 is followed by Part 1. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. Following each narration and film, Crispin will hold an audience Q&A and book signing.
NIGHT ONE: Tuesday, August 27th at 7:30:
Live Narration: “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show part 2”
35mm Film Screening: “It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE”
NIGHT TWO: Wednesday, August 28th at 7:30:
Live Narration: “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show part 1”
35mm Film Screening: “What is it?”
Knock Down The House (Presented with Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund)
Thursday, August 29 at 7:30 pm
Free with RSVP Online | With panel discussion following the film
At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, four women – including progressive powerhouse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – decide to fight back against big-money politicians, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. (USA, 2019, 86 Mins, PG, English | Dir. Rachel Lears)
Cinema Arts Centre 8th Annual 48 Hour Filmmaking Competition
Friday, August 30th 8pm until Sunday, September 1st 8pm.
Registration is $85-per-team
Filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. Filmmakers don’t know what genre they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 8pm. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements that you find out about at the starting line. Reasons to compete include: getting to see your creation on the big screen, adding a new film to your portfolio, and being in the running for a cash prize!
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Cinema For Kids/ 50th Anniversary Screening)
Saturday, August 31 at 11:00 am
Members $7 | Public $12 | Free for kids 12 and under!
In this first animated feature film based on Charles M. Schulz’s ever-popular Peanuts comic strip, we see the pint-sized hero step up to the challenge, face his fears and show the world what he is truly made of. (USA, 1969, 86 min., G, English | dir. Bill Melendez)
The Blues Brothers (Cult Café)
Saturday, August 31st 10:00 pm
Members $5 / Public $7
The 1st (and best) feature film based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd) are on a mission from God to save the orphanage they were raised in from foreclosure. To do so, they must reunite their R&B band and organize a performance to earn $5,000 needed to pay the orphanage’s property tax bill. Along the way, they are targeted by a homicidal “mystery woman”, Neo-Nazis, and a country and western band—all while being relentlessly pursued by the police. (USA, 1980, 133 Mins., R | Dir. John Landis)