OPENING NITE

  • 97 mins

The eight shorts in the NSF19 OPENING NITE program feature documentaries on New York communities, Brooklyn drag culture, and a firefighter’s love of cinema along with narrative stories about immigration, coming of age, sex, and self-pleasure.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 at 7PM.
INCLUDES Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS.

Join us afterwards for the official OPENING NITE PARTY at Nitehawk’s Lo-Res Bar. Featuring cocktails courtesy of Campari.


Image: Memory Xperiment: Kathy Acker (directed by Aïda Ruilova)

In this program


SYMPHONY

Directed by Jai Moseley

A kaleidoscopic film of unencumbered moments between people and places, centered in feelings, memory, and experiences that are intrinsic to us all.

FEATHERS

Directed by A.V. Rockwell

Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.

A LINE BIRDS CANNOT SEE

Directed by Amy Bench

Separated from her mother by smugglers, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert with only a plastic sack for cover, survives starvation on the streets of Ciudad Juarez, and escapes kidnappers to seek her mother and a place where they can be safe again.

NARMIN’S BIRTHDAY

Directed by Jenny Groza, Lydia Cornett

NARMIN’S BIRTHDAY tells the story of Narmin, an Azerbaijani teenager living in Brooklyn, and her grandmother Ismat, as Narmin plans her sixteenth birthday party to be as “American” as possible–much to the dismay of Ismat.

MEMORY XPERIMENT: KATHY ACKER

Directed by Aïda Ruilova

A short film based on the literary work of author Kathy Acker. Set in the 70’s, the film is a coming of age story of a young female writer exploring her identity through sex and her writing.

HOW DOES IT START

Directed by Amber Sealey

It’s 1983 and 12-year-old Rain wants sex, the only problem is she has no idea what that means. With her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left alone to navigate the complexities of love and adulthood, and learns to do it her own way.

THE MAKING OF PANTHERA

Directed by Renee Mao, Savannah O'Leary

Brooklyn-based drag queen Panthera Lush spends painstaking hours behind the sewing machine designing couture-worthy looks. Weaving cinéma vérité and choreographed drama, this documentary short follows Panthera and her chameleonic friends to take a closer look at the creative process behind the ever-evolving art form of drag.

ME TIME

Directed by Iyabo Boyd

After a stressful work day, DEBORAH settles in for some intimate “me time” at home, until three other aspects of her psyche appear, dredge up deep-seated inhibitions, and threaten to derail her plan.

BEST PICTURE

Directed by Jay Giampietro

Surprises are in store for a movie-obsessed firefighter who hosts an annual Academy Awards party.

Dates & Times
Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg

Tue Nov 12
7:00 pm

SOLD OUT