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Speakeasy Cinema Weekend at Page 22! Saturday 11/23: Geraldine Page Birthday! Sunday 11/24: Guest Host John Grey! Both Screenings at 730pm

In Film, Page 22, Speakeasy Cinema, Uncategorized on November 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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from Speakeasy Cinema’s Matt Kohn:

This month’s we have two Speakeasy Cinema events in a row.

Saturday the 23rd, I will host the 2nd Annual Geraldine Page Birthday Screening. It’s also a Speakeasy, we so will keep the film a secret until you arrive. Our guest will be James Grissom, author of Follies of God, a book about five days spent with Tennessee Williams.

On Sunday, 24th, Our guest is the inimitable NYC film attorney/producer Jonathan Gray. Fun? Yes. If I say anymore, I’ll give it all away.

Take the risk with us!  Both events are at 7:30.

JONATHAN GRAY is an award-winning independent film producer and practicing attorney concentrating in independent film for nearly two decades. Jonathan is the founding partner of Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP (“GKSD”), an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and a frequent lecturer at New York University and the School of Visual Arts. Jonathan’s most recent endeavors as an executive producer include Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (Samuel Goldwyn Films), The Truth About Emanuel (Tribeca Films) and Blue Caprice (IFC Films). GKSD has performed production counsel services on over 400 films, including: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, The Visitor, The Station Agent, Black Swan, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Beginners and Another Earth.

Sunday’s event will feature Nimesh Patel, comedian, and Jim Coleman, DJ.

The Location:

Page 22 Studio, 435 W. 22nd St, 2nd Floor, NY NY 10011.

The cost is $10 suggested donation. Please bring libations you consume responsibly.

Page 22 Studio is a workplace for emerging and established Writers, Directors, and Actors, dedicated to the spirit of Geraldine Page.

Like us if you so desire…

SPEAKEASY CINEMA is created, produced and hosted by Matt Kohn, Director of CALL IT DEMOCRACY and THE MANUTE BOL SUDAN FILM PROJECT



If you’re new to this list, I created and hosted the independent and underground movie screening series Speakeasy Cinema. Between 2006 and 2009 it was housed at the Collective Unconscious and then Soho House. Every month Speakeasy Cinema featured at least one guest who choose an exciting, controversial movie they would like an audience to discuss. However, before the screening no one in the audience knew what they were coming to see. After the film was screened, the audience participated in conversation, with only one purpose: what did you see? What did it mean to you? How did it make you feel?

For our most recent events Lynne Sachs unspooled 16mm films of Ernie Gehr, and Bob Berger screened The Loved One a nearly forgotten film written by Terry Southern. In the Spring 2013 Season Tony Torn brought PERFORMANCE, Kim Jackson brought F IS FOR FAKE, Alix Lambert brought DEATH BY HANGING  and Miao Wang brought WOMAN IN THE DUNES. Previous seasons’ guests included Tom Gilroy, Peter Mattai, Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, Jem Cohen, Norman Spinrad, Debra Eisenstadt, Josh Gilbert, Nelson Cabrera, Pedro Carvajal, Signe Baumane, Jonthan Stern, Robert Milazzo, Michael Badalucco, Joe Maggio, The Zuvuya Collective, Avram Ludwig, Ian Olds, Ira Sachs and Scott Saunders. Every single conversation they inspired was a success because the films they brought are off the beaten path and worthy of our time. We screened AMERICAN JOB, SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, BONE, BLOOD OF THE BEASTS and PSYCH-OUT, DAY OF THE LOCUSTS, “Films Rescued from Fire (of Chilian censors)”, TOGETHER (TILLSAMMANS), SECUESTRO EXPRESS, SEVENTEEN, TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942 version), MICKY AND MAUDE, 13 TSAMETI, and “A Short Film About Killing” from Krzysztof Kieslowski’s DEKALOG,VIVA ZAPATA!, COME AND SEE, PSYCHOSYMBIOTAXIPLASM, and SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS. (Stesti). Many of our conversations took us out of the theater and into nearby bars and restaurants.

As attendees of any experience, our schedules have become more programed, our plans more specific to what we think we want or don’t want. Speakeasy Cinema returns becuase movies were also meant to be enjoyed as an intellectual and emotional surprise and with friends, lovers, family members, dates, strangers or even someone else’steenager.

Speakeasy Cinema has a few rules:

1) our guests bring a film and no one one knows what it is until the lights dim

2) the film can’t be a film the guests have worked on, only a film they love or hate, think is important, inspiring and want to talk about

3) after the film, the audiences and the filmmakers share their experiences watching the film. We talk about ART.

4) industry talk is verboten!

5) we can drink in this theater, so bring a bottle – we provide the corkscrew

6) we do it the third Sunday evening of each month

7) we don’t don’t show documentaries, whatever documentaries are

8) photographs are OK, but no audio or video records of what you say or think. What’s spoken about at Speakeasy Cinema stays at Speakeasy Cinema. END OF STORY.”

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