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Speakeasy Cinema Presents: Beth B – Sunday, February 16th at 7pm

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm


This Sunday, we are proud to bring Beth B to Speakeasy Cinema.  Her filmography is not only legend, but critical to independent filmmaking in NYC. From the earliest moments of her career, she created daring and groundbreaking films that were both part of and commentary on an engaged culture of freedom-provoking rebellion. She has continued to push that edge.  Beth B’s latest work, Exposed, is a non-fiction feature about eight performers who are using their naked bodies in spectacular and provocative ways to tease and criticize society. It’s about liberation of the body…and the mind. There is a wonderful trailer at Exposed will have it’s NYC Theatrical Premier at The IFC Center from March 14th to 20th. Everyone is invited to the Premiere Party — 10pm at Dixon Place on March 13.

Come see the beautiful film she brings to the Speakeasy!

PHIM COLEO, opening act!

Sunday, February 16th, 7:00 PM (tonight is a half hour earlier than usual)

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

The cost is $10 suggested donation.

Torn Page Studio is a workplace for emerging and established Writers,

Directors, and Actors, dedicated to the spirit of Geraldine Page.

Please bring a bottle – just ask for the corkscrew….

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SPEAKEASY CINEMA is created, produced and hosted by Matt Kohn, Director





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 Ewan Bremner brought out the the classic PALM BEACH STORY 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 because 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’s teenager.

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) 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.


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