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  • Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center, Co-Presented by the New York Film Academy

    Stranger Than Fiction

    Stranger Than Fiction with IFC and NYFA

    Stranger Than Fiction, the annual weekly documentary film series hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen and co-presented by IFC Center and the New York Film Academy, announces the spring season of its 14th year.

    The regular Stranger Than Fiction spring season is shown at IFC Center every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks, plus two Thursday night screenings, all starting April 17.

    The new season’s lineup kicked off with Sara Driver’s Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (April 17), about the pre-fame years of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat; and will close with Jason Kohn’s Love Means Zero (June 5), about the controversial tennis coach Nick Bollittieri. Other works include New York rappers Nas and Dave East in Rapture (May 1).

    Legendary Queens rapper Nas

    Legendary Queens rapper Nas

    Each event includes a discussion with the filmmaker or special guests, followed by a gathering at a nearby bar. The full season schedule appears at the bottom of the blog. For detailed information, visit here or IFC Center’s website.

    Tickets for Stranger Than Fiction screenings are $17 for the general public and $14 for IFC Center members. A Season Pass, good for admission to all 10 evenings, is available for $99 ($80 for IFC members). A NYFA ID gets you nearly a 20% discount at the door!

    View the full schedule below:

    Jean-Michel Basquiat from "Boom For Real"

    Jean-Michel Basquiat from Boom For Real

    • April 17 – Opening Night: BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (2017, 78 min) Q&A w/ dir Sara Driver
    • April 19 – Thursday Special: HAIKU ON A PLUM TREE (2016, 78 min) Q&A w/ dir Mujah Maraini-Melehi
    • April 24: THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND (2003, 92 min) Q&A w/ dir Sam Green & prod Carrie Lozano
    • May 1: RAPTURE: NAS & DAVE EAST (2018, 63 min) Q&A w/ dir Sacha Jenkins & EP Ben Selkow
    • May 8: GOTTI: GODFATHER AND SON (2018, 90 min) Q&A w/ dir Richard Stratton & subject John Gotti Jr
    • May 15: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ (2017, 94 min) Q&A w/ dir Kate Novack
    • May 22: THE FOURTH ESTATE (2018, 90 min) Q&A w/ dir Liz Garbus
    • May 24 – Thursday Special: A JIHAD FOR LOVE (2007, 81 min) Q&A w/ dir Parvez Sharma
    • May 29: ATOMIC CAFE (1982, 92 min) Q&A w/ dirs. Pierce Rafferty, Kevin Rafferty & Jayne Loader
    • June 5 – Closing Night: LOVE MEANS ZERO (2017, 89 min) Q&A w/ dir Jason Kohn

    April 18, 2018 • Documentary Filmmaking, Film Festivals • Views: 2177

  • New York Film Academy Co-Presents Stranger Than Fiction in its 14th Year at IFC Center


    The New York Film Academy returns to its partnership with IFC Center to present Stranger Than Fiction. For its 2018 winter season, Stranger Than Fiction is hosted by film producer and Toronto International Film Festival documentary programmer Thom Powers, and Oscar-nominated documentarian and New York Film Academy alum Raphaela Neihausen.

    “If you crave documentaries that generate passionate discussion, you’ll get more than your money’s worth from this lineup,” STF Artistic Director Thom Powers said in IFC’s press release.

    Now in its 14th year, Stranger Than Fiction is a weekly documentary film series that will now present nine seminal documentaries in keeping with its tradition of screening cutting-edge documentaries. After each screening, a Q&A will be held with each film’s director or another special guest, providing audiences with a truly exclusive and unforgettable experience. Stranger Than Fiction is sponsored by the New York Film Academy Documentary Filmmaking Department and presented by IFC Center.

    Stranger Than Fiction’s Opening Night festivities will commence with a screening of Sundance smash Seeing Allred, before exploring a lineup that will include serials and a Netflix original, and reflects the dynamically changing, cutting-edge documentary industry.

    Here is this year’s full Stranger Than Fiction lineup, co-presented by the New York Film Academy:

    Feb 6: Seeing Allred (2018, 96 min, dir Roberta Grossman & Sophie Sartain)

    + guest TBA

    Feb 13: Control Room (2004, 84 min)

    + Q&A w/ dir Jehane Noujaim

    Feb 20: This is Congo (2017, 91 min)

    + Q&A w/  dir Daniel McCabe

    Feb 27: Flint Town (2018, two episodes totaling 90 min)

    + Q&A w/ dirs. Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock, Drea Cooper

    March 1: Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death (2017, 125 min)

    + Q&A w/ dir Helen Whitney

    March 6: Oh, Rick! (2017, 78 min)

    + Q&A w/ dirs Dustin Sussman, Aaron Rosenbloom & subject Rick Crom

    March 13: Wild, Wild Country (2018, two episodes totaling 120 min)

    + Q&A w/ dirs Chapman Way, Maclain Way & exec prod Mark Duplass

    March 20: Occupation: Dreamland (2005, 78 min)

    + Q&A w/ dir Ian Olds

    March 27: Closing Night: The China Hustle (2018, 84 min)

    + Q&A w/ dir Jed Rothstein

    Screenings are held 7 p.m. Tuesdays (& one Thursday) at IFC Center, February 6 – March 27. The general public is welcome to attend Stranger Than Fiction screenings for $17, while IFC Center members enjoy a discounted ticket price of $14. Season Passes are available for $99 ($80 for IFC members), and cover admission to all 9 screenings. For more information, visit Stranger Than Fiction or IFC Center.

  • NYFA Presents Screening Series with Jonathan Demme


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    New York Film Academy is pleased to present Academy Award winner, Jonathan Demme, with a retrospective of his documentary films in the special Fall season of Thom Powers’ “Stranger Than Fiction” screening series every Tuesday night through Nov. 1 at 7:00pm at IFC Center. Just last night Demme screened The Agronomist.

    Famous for block-buster movies like his Oscar-winner, “Silence of the Lambs,” Demme then essentially left Hollywood for New York, and for documentaries (though he has directed a couple of fiction films since).

    Esteemed Toronto Film Festival and DOC NYC programmer, Thom Powers, and Raphaela Neihausen programmed this exclusive Stranger Than Fiction retrospective series.  Here they present a short season of extremely rare screenings of some of the rock docs and social protest films that helped form decades of American counter-culture.  Simultaneously fun and powerful, every single film programmed is a must see.

    Upcoming Screenings:

    10/18 Neil Young: Heart Of Gold

    10/25  I am Caroline Parker: The Good, The Mad and the Ugly


    October 12, 2016 • Community Highlights, Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 3901

  • NYFA Presents “Stranger Than Fiction” at IFC Center


    New York Film Academy is excited to present the 2016 Spring Season of NYC’s cutting-edge documentary film series, Stranger Than Fiction, Starting April 12!

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen and presented by IFC Center and New York Film Academy, announces the Spring Season launch of its 11th year. Each screening features a conversation with the filmmaker(s) or other special guests, usually moderated by Toronto Film Festival documentary programmer, Thom Powers. An informal gathering with the guests generally follows.

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    The spring slate opens April 12, 2016 with the invitation only, DOCUMENTARY NOW! DECONSTRUCTED, a one of a kind night with directors Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono presenting episodes of their hit IFC TV series. Starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, the series parodies and pays homage to well-known documentaries. Season Pass holders are invited. There will be no individual tickets sold for this extraordinary special. See Season Pass information below.

    Other season highlights include the sneak preview of PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, about a singer discovered on YouTube, with the film subject Princess Shaw in person; and THE WITNESS about the Kitty Genovese case with director James Solomon. The spring season is co-presented by New York Film Academy.

    “In honor of our 11th year, we’ve packed the spring season with extra films to take the line-up to 11 – just like the Spinal Tap amplifier,” said Artistic Director Thom Powers.

    Stranger Than Fiction generates some of the most important documentary programming anywhere. It provides a crucial hub, and integral grist for the mill of New York’s remarkable documentary community. Supporting Stranger Than Fiction is the best way New York Film Academy has found to thank and support all of the NYC documentary filmmakers who have contributed so much to our students’ educations,” said Andrea Swift, Chair, Documentary Department, New York Film Academy.

    This season’s memorable characters include US Senators navigating a Supreme Court confirmation in ADVISE & DISSENT; gay Orthodox Jews struggling for acceptance in TREMBLING BEFORE G-D (15th anniversary); train passengers in Albert Maysles’ final collaboration IN TRANSIT; kidnapped film stars in THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT; grandmothers living off radioactive land in THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL; and the legendary restaurateur in FLORENT: QUEEN OF THE MEAT MARKET. Additionally, the creators of the acclaimed the FIELD OF VISION film group will present a night of new shorts.

    The STF spring season takes place at the IFC Center every Tuesday night at 7:30 for eight weeks (plus special screenings Thursdays May 19 & 26). The spring season closes on May 31. The full season schedule appears below.

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    Stranger Than Fiction: Spring 2016 Season 7:30pm Tuesdays at IFC Center, Apr 12 – May 31

    Each show features a Q&A with the director or other special guests

    • Apr 12: Opening Night of Spring Season – DOCUMENTARY NOW! DECONSTRUCTED (2015, Q&A w/ dirs. Rhys Thomas & Alex Buono)
    • Apr 19: ADVISE & DISSENT (2012, Q&A w/ dir. David Van Taylor)
    • Apr 26: TREMBLING BEFORE G-D (2001, Q&A w/ dir. Sandi Simcha Dubowski)
    • May 3: IN TRANSIT (2015, Q&A w/ dir. Lynn True, prod Erika Dilday)
    • May 10: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (2016, Q&A w/ TBA)
    • May 17: THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL (2015, Q&A w/ dir. Holly Morris)
    • May 19: FLORENT: QUEEN OF THE MEAT MARKET (2010, Q&A w/ dir. David Sigal)
    • May 24: FIELD OF VISION (2016, Q&A w/ TBA)
    • May 26: Thursday Special – PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (2015, Q&A w/ film subject Princess Shaw)
    • May 31: Closing Night – THE WITNESS (2015, Q&A w/ dir. James Solomon)

    Tickets for Stranger Than Fiction screenings are $16 for the general public and $13 for IFC Center members. A Spring Season Pass, good for admission to all 10 events from April 12-May 31, is available for $99 ($80 for IFC members).

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    April 11, 2016 • Community Highlights, Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 3922