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“Long before indie became the trademark of a festival in Utah, a revolution in cinema occurred on several fronts in New York. Shot on location, often on meager budgets, these films tapped into the city’s cultural and social energies: its streets, its people, its artistic fervor. One of the great pleasures and insights of Film Forum’s smorgasbord is seeing sensibilities influencing one another.”
– Nic Rapold, The New York Times
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"Spanning the mayoralties of Vincent Impellitteri and John Lindsay, the program not only reveals the vast number of cinema movements bubbling up during this 20-year stretch—whether in documentary, fiction, or a hybrid of the two—but also highlights a new kind of "star": the junkies, freaks, drunks, hustlers, queers, drag queens, and insurrectionists of all colors and professions indigenous to no other metropolis but ours." 
– Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
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Click here to read David Fear's Time Out New York feature on the series

Click here to see Owen Gleiberman's piece on the New Yawk New Wave on NY1

Programmed by Bruce Goldstein & Jake Perlin

Series concept/Advisor: J. Hoberman

Special thanks to: Chris Chouinard, Nick Varley (Park Circus), Andy Lampert, John Klacsmann (Anthology Film Archives), M. M. Serra (Filmmakers Cooperative), Laura Coxson (Maysles Films), Dennis Doros (Milestone Films), Kitty Cleary (Museum of Modern Art), Deutsches Film Museum (Frankfurt am Main), Cineric Inc., Frazer Pennebaker (Pennebaker-Hegedus films), Karen Konicek (Zipporah Films), Marian Luntz (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Todd Wiener (UCLA Film Archive), Julian Schlossberg, Mark Balsam (Westchester Films), Paul Ginsburg (Universal Pictures), Brian Block (Criterion Pictures), Otto Dean (Walker Art Center), Haden Guest, David Pendleton (Harvard Film Archive), Mike Mashon, Rob Stone (Library of Congress), Caitlin Robertson (20th Century Fox), Gary Palmucci (Kino Lorber), Vincent Paul-Boncour (Carlotta Films, Paris), Jonathan Howell, José Lopez (New Yorker Films), Marilee Womack (Warner Bros.), Brian Butler, Michael Chaiken, Jill Drew, Mary Engel, Foster Hirsch, Si Litvinoff, Lukcas Persson, Bruce Posner, Lawrence Schiller, and Wade Williams.

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BEAT MEMORIES presents an in-depth look at the Beat Generation through the lens of Allen Ginsberg, featuring more than 110 black-and-white photographs by him including portraits of William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, and many others, along with self-portraits.

Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East
Exhibition on view: January 15–April 6, 2013