New York Stories

New York Stories

New York Stories
  • The Short Films of Ken Jacobs

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    This selection of Ken Jacob's early works, filmed on the Lower East Side not far from Metrograph's location at 7 Ludlow Street, offers a glimpse into the burgeoning American Underground of the 1960s, featuring characters including Jack Smith, and into the mind one of the most wildly creative and ...

  • Bill Gunn's Personal Problems

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    Bill Gunn, actor, screenwriter, novelist, and the director of art-horror classic Ganja & Hess (1973), teamed with writer Ishmael Reed and producer Steve Cannon to produce what Reed has called a “meta-soap opera,” an exceptional, rough-edged ensemble piece exploring Black working-class lives in Ne...

  • Sex, Power, and Money: Films by Beth B

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    Beth B made an immediate and meteoric impact on the New York City’s art scene after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 1977, producing Super 8 films with partner Scott B that invented a cinematic analog to the No Wave avant-garde in music. Her uncompromising innovative work as a solo ar...

  • The Projectionist

    Directed by Abel Ferrara | 81 mins | 2019
    Ferrara’s fond, often funny portrait of Nicolas “Nick” Nicolaou, a Cypriot immigrant who got his start in movie houses working in the Times Square porno theaters in the 1970s and has held on into the 21st century as an independent exhibitor in spite of ov...

  • Downtown 81

    Directed by Edo Bertoglio | 72 mins | 2000
    In 1980, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie abou...

  • Losing Ground

    Directed by Kathleen Collins | 86 mins | 1982
    One of the first feature films directed by an African American woman, and a charming, complex tale of personal discovery that follows the marriage between a philosophy professor (Seret Scott) and her painter husband (Bill Gunn), both at a crossroads ...

  • Variety

    Directed by Bette Gordon | 100 mins | 1983
    A young woman lands a job as a cashier at a downtown porno theater, and soon finds herself inexorably drawn towards what’s happening onscreen—as well as other troubling fantasies. One of the great independent films of the ’80s, featuring a who’s who of t...

  • Bronx Gothic

    Directed by Andrew Rossi | 91 mins | 2017
    An intense and intimate nonfiction portrait of writer/performer Okwui Okpokwasili on and off-stage as she performs her lauded one-woman show "Bronx Gothic," the story of two 12-year-old girls and the life lessons they learn growing up in 1980s New York Ci...