Say Hello to Our Winter 2015 Menu!

The air’s grown crisp, it gets dark at 3:30 and, oh God, it’s going to start snowing soon. All of this means that it’s time to cycle out all those Autumn goodies in favor of earthy, comforting winter fair: peppery radishes, sweet butternut squash, and, to hell with it, let’s put candy canes in the popcorn. Tis the season! Sneak peek below.

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Seasonal Popcorn
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We flavor butter with peppermint extract and toss that with out popcorn and then top it with white chocolate chips. Near the end the candy cane bits and chocolate collect at the bottom with the remnants of the butter, and it’s very tempting to eat it with a spoon.
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Nitehawk Trailers: I’ll Kick Your Ass! (January Midnite)

Fight Club (Buy Tickets) | Raging Bull (Buy Tickets) | Bronson (Buy Tickets) | Dirty Harry (Buy Tickets)

YOU! INSIDE! RIGHT NOW! Put down your dukes and grab a drink because the people up on screen have got the violence scattered, smothered, and covered. Step up your knuckle game and lace up your boots for some punch drunk cinema because we’re fighting fair ones starting at midnight all month long!

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“Christmas Vacation” Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu

XmasVacay FF SliderTis the season to be merry. No shit, you say? Well, we have a Film Feast for you, because for this Holiday season we’ve put together a four course meal inspired by the best Christmas movie of the last 25 years: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Below, Nitehawk chef Michael Franey takes us through the scenes from the film that inspired his yuletide menu.

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Griswold Family Christmas Tree Cookie
savory rosemary pine nut shortbread, olive oil foam
“A twist on a cheese cracker and a shortbread all in one. We mix parmesan cheese with rosemary and black pepper and then fold this mixture into a flour and butter to make a flaky, rich, cookie with a ton of cheesiness and bright herb flavor. This is topped with toasted pine nuts and an olive oil foam for a little wow factor.” (more…)

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Q&A: Nitehawk Shorts Fest Runner-Up Joe Petrilla

At our second annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival, we played over 30 shorts from around the world. The first runner-up for the 2014 Festival was Joe Petrilla for his short “reConception,” about a group of boys who find an abandoned trailer in the woods and bash at it to find out what’s inside.

What starts as a kids-at-play short develops into something more nuanced, touching on our attitudes about life and death and the possibility of rebirth. We spoke with Petrilla about his short, working with kids and the real life events that inspired the short.

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1. How did your film come about?
“reConception” came from a tangled mass of thoughts, feelings and beliefs I had that I wanted to express as a film. This is my second short narrative and I think of it as somewhat of a companion piece to the first, which is called “The Line.” Together I think they tell two sides of the same story—”reConception” being, by far, the lighter side. I also wanted to demonstrate some improvement as a filmmaker and to practice some of the lessons I learned making the first film. (more…)

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Q&A: Shorts Fest 2014

Nitehawk Shorts Fest 2014 ran from November 19 to November 23, and screened over 30 shorts from young filmmakers, local talent, and international big shots. After every screening, we invited participating filmmakers to the front to talk about their films and what inspired them. In the video, we’ve combined all of the Q&As, starting with Opening Night which is followed by Days 1 (21:30) and 2 (31:31).

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Q&A: Nitehawk Shorts Fest Winner Christopher Hawthorne

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At our second annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival, we played over 30 shorts from around the world. We had first-timers and all-time greats contributing to the festival, but of all the films we showed only one could walk with the first place prize (a whole bunch of post-production work from Nice Shoes and Heard City), and this year’s big winner was Christopher Hawthorne for his short time travel comedy “Bender.”

Sharing DNA with the likes of Looper, Primer and Back to the Future, “Bender” follows a man who wakes up ten years in the future after going on a depression-fueled all night rager. We spoke with Hawthorne about Bender, and movie time travel, drunk anti-heroes and just how much booze it takes to break the space-time continuum.

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1. How did your film come about?
“Bender” actually began as a much more dramatic piece – and went through many drafts as a heavy-handed treatise on gentrification. That all pivoted pretty quickly: I remember sitting on a subway and thinking that returning to your neighborhood after ten years must feel like a kind of bizarre time travel. That – coupled with my love of the genre – made me re-think my original, serious concept entirely.
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Nitehawk Trailers: X-Mas Chopping

Child’s Play (Buy Tickets) | Black Christmas (Buy Tickets) | Silent Night, Bloody Night (Buy Tickets) | Chopping Mall (Buy Tickets)

Tis the season to go CHOPPING. This month at midnite Nitehawk celebrates the dark side of the holiday season with four horror classics that splatter blood all over the Christmas tree. We’ve got killer toys, escaped crazies, and robot sentries on the loose, all of them out to wish you a Deadly Christmas and a Mournful New Year!

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Photos: Nitehawk Shorts Fest 2014

Another year, another fantastic Shorts Fest under our belt. In five days we screened over 30 shorts made by local and international filmmakers with many of them coming in for Q&A’s and drink themselves silly. Below there’s a gallery of the goings on for two of the nights: Our Opening Night, and the Friday night Filmmakers’ Party. See y’all next year!

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Nitehawk Cinema Cinema Department: Max Cavanaugh, Caryn Coleman, John Woods & Florencia Valera
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Head Programmer Caryn Coleman introducing Opening Nite of Shorts Fest
Nitehawk Cinema Cinema Department: John Woods, Caryn Coleman, and Max Cavanaugh
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Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
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Caryn Coleman & Fangoria's Sam Zimmerman introduce the Midnite Shorts Program
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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “McDreamy” Director Andrea McGinty

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: “McDreamy”
Filmmakers: Andrea McGinty

1. How did your film come about?
“McDreamy” is part of a larger series of text-based videos that I’ve been developing over the past two years. The text in McDreamy was written as a stream of consciousness poem that was then adapted to video using the motion of the text to visually mirror the tone of the language.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
“McDreamy” explores obsession in relation to romantic love and the damaging filmic cliche of the “crazy woman.”

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
My video didn’t have a shoot, but I always enjoy seeing what parts of the text viewers engage with and what point they discover the “crazy woman” cliche dissolve into more genuine human emotions.

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
I’ve written a short erotica novella that will be published in the spring by Badlands Unlimited and I am always working on new video, drawing, and writing projects that can be found on my website at andreamcgintyart.com.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
I can’t think midnight movie without thinking of one of my biggest influences, John Waters. I think it is so important to make the work you need to make and have the conversations you want to have.

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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “The Grey Matter” Director Peter McCoubrey

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: “The Grey Matter”
Filmmakers: Peter McCoubrey and Luke McCoubrey

1. How did your film come about?
My brother, co-director, and DP, Luke and I have worked on films together since our teens. As our professional career was just beginning some years ago we wanted to make a short film for our reel, which was mostly comprised of music videos at that point. So I went off and wrote a script very similar to what would eventually become “The Grey Matter.” It was a dark comedy about a guy waking up with a massive head wound who’s antagonized by a talking worm-like creature…. (more…)

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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “Study for Interior with Figures and Sounds” director Rick Niebe

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: Study for Interior with Figures and Sounds
Filmmaker: Rick Niebe

1. How did your film come about?
I just did it! I started to play with this XXX vintage video, working with a subtraction and isolation of elements. Then I mixed the soundtrack. It’s based on silence and background sounds of other movies, and a TV announcement too. At last, I found a bootleg recording of an improvisation by Arto Lindsay in Paris, a musician I really like very much.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
I’ve always found [myself] very [attracted to] the backgrounds of 70’s erotic movies (furnitures, paintings, wallpapers). Maybe it’s some kind of peculiar perversion…

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
Well, I work with the cutting, so there’s not much to say about ‘shooting.’ But the TV announcement with those images sounds quite amusing in [Italian].

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
Now I’m working on some projects of ‘vandalistic video collage’ based on various teleplays.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
I still remember the old ‘End of Transmission’ jingle from Italian TV. One of the most terrifying things I had ever seen when I was a child. It still scares me! I realize that… that kind of experience is gone [because of] the possibility to record things on TV… All of my recent midnite movie experiences are based on internet.

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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “Brute” filmmakers Bonnie Black & Julia Grinberg

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: “Brute”
Filmmaker: Bonnie Black & Julia Grinberg

1. How did your film come about?
Bonnie Black: Brute was made during our senior year of college and served as my senior thesis. Julia and I knew we wanted to work together on writing something that I could direct, and we always went into it with the intention of developing a film that was a bit darker and unsuspected for a couple of female filmmakers.

Julia Grinberg: Bonnie and I had been classmates and close friends throughout college, but this was our first intensive collaboration on a project. A strong female character was important to us, as well as a story that rose above the cliche. I think we were both at a point, both creatively and emotionally, where we were ready to put out something edgier that might make people feel uncomfortable.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
BB: I went to see Seven Psychopaths [Martin McDonagh's 2012 black comedy - Ed] and absolutely loved the character of Zachariah… He tells a story about breaking into a house, finding a girl held captive inside, falling in love with her and saving her… Building a short influenced by that concept seemed really feasible both story and production-wise. We decided to build a story where we put our characters in a situation that even some criminals would be uncomfortable with and make them come face to face with a bigger evil. It sparked an interesting moral dilemma and putting young hooligan-esque kids into that kind of a situation also brought up this sense of invincibility which I think is really universal for young adults…

JG: I loved that idea of creating heroic opportunities in unlikely characters, and interrupting a normal routine with a twist of fate that changes everything.

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
BB: I think when Julia got offered drugs at the gas station is pretty peak.

JG: It’s true. It was our longest shoot day, and the midnight pizzas I ordered had already come and went so I headed out with our editor, Alex, to the only place that was still open. Exhausted, but wired, I grazed the aisles till I was approach by a twitching convenience store employee who thought I might not be finding exactly what I needed. I gave him a smile and said no thank you. We were a bunch of college kids from Philly, believe me, we were already well-stocked. It was also here that I bought a last minute, but very important prop, a choco-taco.

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
BB: I’m out in Los Angeles now where I work as a creative directors assistant and production supervisor for a small studio. I’ve been helping write and adapt a short story we got from Dennis Lehane into a short film we hope to shoot in January. The story is super dark and cerebral and Kafkaesque so it’s been a really exciting collaboration for me.

JG: I’m at Washington Square Films, an independent production company on the Bowery. I’m working as an assistant in their management department helping to get a lot of talented writer and director’s projects into production.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
BB: For my 13th birthday, a bunch of my friends and I dressed up and went to the midnight showing of Rocky Horror at Clearview Cinemas in Chelsea.

JG: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. I was in LA for the summer, and a group of my closest and nerdiest drew lighting bolts on our foreheads and filed in line. We were, at the time, transitioning into adulthood, and we were all sort of closing a chapter of our childhood together. Bonnie was abundantly cooler at 13, then I was at 20.

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Music and Movies: Kill Your Idols

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No Wave can be a tough nut to crack. The genre’s doodly and distant (and saxophoney), but it’s also rhythmic and propulsive. Coming out of New York in the late 1970’s with bands like Lydia Lunch, DNA and Suicide, the genre has evolved over the last 30-plus years with acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Swans and Liars re-packaging it for the Pitchfork set (Swans’ newest record, To Be Kind, even managed to crack the Top 40 in both the US and UK).

Below, we’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite No Wave tracks, running the gamut from the early days all the way up to today, and features artists like Sonic Youth, Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and more.

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Oh, the Drama!: November at Nitehawk

suspiriaSuspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Last month, our two midnite screenings of Suspiria on 35mm sold out so quickly that we practically had people banging on the door for the chance to see the (awesome looking) print. So… we’re obliging them! Two more Suspiria midnites coming right up!

basketNitehawk Nasties: Basket Case (1982, Frank Henenlotter)
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8; Midnite | Buy Tickets
When a new kids saunters into Times Square with nothing but a bit of cash and a hefty wicker basket to his name, the local skuzzballs he encounters in 80’s New York have one question on their minds: What’s in the basket? The answer is a little gross and it’s hungry.

fistfulCountry Brunchin': A Fistful of Dollars (1964, Sergio Leone)
Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western version of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars introduced the world to the legendary Man With No Name, who wanders into a town that’s been torn apart by an ongoing family feud. Never one to turn down a money making opportunity, the man plays the two sides against one-another, aiming to solve the town’s problems and make off with a solid pay day as well. This Country Brunchin’ presentation of A Fistful of Dollars will be preceded with a live pre-show performance by The TarantinosNYC. (more…)

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