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Programs :: Films at the NYSM

Cinema Sunday takes place the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. This program features documentary film topics on natural and social history, science, ecology, artists and art movements plus a selection of some popular family feature films.

Sunday, June 7 - 2:00 p.m.
Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight

This film profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take him through a rough chronology of his life: study at New York High School of Music and Art and at Cooper Union, a seminal stay in Italy, his marriage, and his various partnerships - founding Push Pin Studios and "New York" magazine, designing Grand Union supermarkets, and working with "The Nation." Interspersed are examples of his work. Glaser is, throughout, charming in manner, memorable in his observations, and generous of spirit.
2009 | 73 minutes

   

Sunday, July 12 - 2:00 p.m.
The Music Instinct: Science and Song
Experience a ground-breaking exploration into how and why the human organism—and the whole ebb and flow of the cosmos—is moved by the undeniable effect of music. This follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture in search of answers to music's deep mysteries.
2009 | 120 minutes.

   

Sunday, August 2 - 2:00 p.m.
Indian Relay

The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horseracing practiced anywhere in the world today. Each race begins with seven athletes riding bareback around a track at full gallop. After one lap, barely slowing down, the riders leap from their speeding horses to a second set of horses. Each team's handlers must then catch the first horse or risk being disqualified, creating a chaotic melee of 28 people and 21 thoroughbreds in the middle of the track. Another top-speed lap, another daring horse change, and the teams race for the finish line, at speeds topping 40 miles an hour. Indian Relay follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.
 2013 | 60 minutes.

   

Sunday, September 13 - 2:00 p.m.
The Citizen

Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. He lands in New York City the day before 9/11... and the events of the September terrorist attacks forever shape the struggles he faces on his journey to capture the American dream. Inspired by true events, filmmaker Sam Kadi's feature debut is a gripping tale of courage, love, and perseverance, the qualities of a true CITIZEN.
2012 | 99 minutes


   

Sunday, October 4 - 2:00 p.m.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

In 1994, one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the decade came to light in a cave in Southern France, known as the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc: etchings estimated at around 30,000 years old. The date of origin made these some of the oldest remnants of humankind ever discovered. Unsurprisingly, these artistic remnants bore a precious fragility -- experts asserted that overexposure, even to elements as seemingly harmless as human breath, could severely damage or destroy the drawings. For that reason, few obtained access to this area. One exception arrived in the form of maverick German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who obtained permission to film (with lights that emit no heat). This astonishing documentary not only provides exquisite visual detail of the cave (as Herzog explores it) but uses the visuals as a springboard to broader philosophical questions about the nature of humanity itself and the transience of humankind.
2010 | 95 minutes

   

Sunday, November 1 - 2:00 p.m.
Grand Central Station

In January 8, 1902, a commuter train traveling through a tunnel in New York City's Grand Central Depot ran into another train, killing 17 people. An engineer's innovative response to the crisis gave birth to one of America's greatest establishments: Grand Central Terminal. By 1947, over 65 million people had traveled through the station. Today, it is one of New York's most famous spaces and a living monument to the nation's great railway age.
2008 | 60 minutes

   

Sunday, December 13 - 2:00 p.m.
Chuck Close
This film is an astounding portrait of a man who has reinvented portraiture. Close photographs his subjects, blows up the image to gigantic proportions, divides it into a detailed grid and then uses a complex set of colors and patterning to reconstruct each face. The film allows Close to illuminate his methodology, and also features his friends and colleagues. 
2007 | 119 minutes

 

 


 

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