SymphonySpace Announces 2013-14 Film Season
Symphony Space announces its 2013-2014 season of film under the helm of Symphony Space Artistic Director, Laura Kaminsky and Director of Film Programming, Ed Budz. Throughout the season, the Leonard Nimoy Thalia houses the staple series Thalia Docs and Thalia Film Club and the recent co-presented additions, National Theatre Live and the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series.
Every Sunday, Thalia Docs showcases a diverse array of documentaries ranging from mainstream award-winning titles to critically-acclaimed indies. Multiple screenings of documentaries take place over a six week period. This season, documentaries will cover topics ranging from environment, nature art and food, to history and politics.
The Thalia Film Club with host, film critic Marshall Fine will enter its fourth season. New this year, is the re-introduction of the Thalia Film Club Reveal link online and an updated approach to film selection. "Our survey of the Film Club Subscribers informed us about the desires of our audience and I'm keeping that in mind as I research films for the fall season," says Fine of the curatorial process this season. A week before each screening, ticket buyers are also able to log on to the Symphony Space website to discover the title of the next week's film. The fall series of the Thalia Film Club begins September 17. "I'm excited about the opportunity to meet our subscribers at the first ever pre-screening wine-and-cheese reception before the first fall Thalia Film club," states Fine. The fall series is followed by a winter and spring series, with five evenings each.
Now in its second year at Symphony Space, National Theatre Live presents British theatre recorded live and shipped without delay to the Upper West Side. "As theatre is my first love, I was a fan of the first National Theatre Live screening of Phaedra, starring Helen Mirren and was delighted to hear when National Theatre Live decided to expand their distribution to arts centers," says Budz. "Last season, we programmed a majority of the National Theatre Live titles that were available. Since then, our audience has fallen in love with the series and it has grown tremendously." The 2013-14 season will feature screenings of Othello, Hamlet, Coriolanus, National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, and more.
Making its debut at Symphony Space, the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series joins the Symphony Space film roster after a successful run at 92YTribeca. "The move to Symphony Space has been great," says host Jay Stern. "The Thalia is an amazing space, and it is inspiring presenting work in such a legendary venue." Founded in April 2002, the series hosted by Jay Stern and comedian Victor Varnado, showcases funny and inventive short cinema in this competition-styled event. "So far the reception has been great. Crowds have been supportive and engaging." Stern continues, "We are thrilled to be bringing short comedy films to such a prestigious theatre. We feel like comedy can get the respect it deserves at Symphony Space."