Brooklyn NY. Spectacle Takes Over MAD’s Summer Cinema Series

Brooklyn NY. Spectacle Takes Over MAD’s Summer Cinema Series
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Brooklyn NY. Spectacle Takes Over MAD's Summer Cinema Series

Brooklyn NY. Spectacle Takes Over MAD’s Summer Cinema Series

Pioneering Collaborative to Present Rarely Seen International Prints, Live Film-Score Performances, Original Works and Contemporary Independent Programming as Part of NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial.

New York, NY (July 23, 2014)—This summer, Brooklyn-based Spectacle takes over the Theater at MAD as part of the exhibition NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, presenting 11 unconventional programs that highlight the organization’s cross-disciplinary approach and DIY ethos. A unique voice in the wave of micro-cinemas that have emerged in New York City in the past decade, Spectacle was established in 2010 with only 30 seats in its Williamsburg, Brooklyn home, and a staff made up entirely of volunteers.

For its MAD tenure, Spectacle extends its programming of rarely screened works, offbeat gems, and performance art to include internationally sourced 35mm prints that have not been shown in New York City in more than a decade, or in some cases, ever; the premieres of live film-score performances and original Spectacle “re-made/remodeled” work; as well as contemporary independent programming.

“Not only does Spectacle present an important breadth of cinema programs that is otherwise absent within the city, they support the development and creation of new and exciting works by local artists and filmmakers, and have become a truly vital voice within the NYC filmmaking community,” says Jake Yuzna, MAD’s Director of Public Programs and exhibition curator for NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial. “Not unlike the Cinémathèque Française’s support and promotion of the French New Wave, Spectacle is fostering a renewed movement of cutting edge filmmaking in NYC that continues to ensure the medium’s relevance today.”

“Working with MAD means realizing our dream of bringing some of our favorite programming on 35mm prints to a beautiful screen,” adds Spectacle’s Jon Dieringer. “The Theater at MAD also offers a broader stage for some of our most ambitious in-house experiments and collaborations yet.”

Beginning with a rare 35mm print of Czech director Vera Chytilová’s Panelstory (1980) on Thursday, July 24, the series features the following highlights:

A selection of foreign films, including Roland Klick’s Deadlock, screening for the first time ever on 35mm in the U.S. and featuring a soundtrack by Krautrock legends Can; and a rare screening of Sally Potter’s experimental feminist classic The Gold Diggers, starring Julie Christie.

Original Spectacle “re-made/remodeled” works, including ‘Nirvana Night’, an experimental documentary collage accompanied by live performance, that tells the biographical story of Nirvana through YouTube-sourced media; and Strong-Thing, a meditative narrative exploration of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s on-screen and biographical personae, constructed of material repurposed from the breadth of his filmography.

An evening of live music and visuals with acclaimed songwriter and musician Zachary Cale, and the guitar/synthesizer duo MIL KDU DES.

Independent programming including “The Future Weird,” a selection of speculative and experimental film, including commercials, music videos, newsreels, and colonial archives; and “Kinetic Cinema,” curated by invited guest artists whose selections reflect how the use of movement in film and media arts has influenced their own art.

Together these screenings and programs showcase the new model of cinema organization that has flattened the once-separate roles of maker, presenter, and venue into one unified practice. The model is helping to enrich the city’s cinematic offerings as well provide a support structure for a new generation of makers who are creating the future of cinema in New York City.


Spectacle’s MAD series is administered by Greg Eggebeen, feature films are programmed by Jon Dieringer and special events are organized by C. Spencer Yeh.

All programs $10, $5 for MAD Members and Students with Valid ID.

Tickets and more information are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visiting http://www.madmuseum.org/series/spectacle-mad

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