VIDEO: Open Your Third Eye w/ Drippy Eye Projections, The Joshua Light Show & Worthless Live

This January, Nitehawk’s art & film program Art Seen expanded its horizons with a psychedelic performance by Drippy Eye Projections, The Joshua Light Show and Brooklyn band Worthless.

Stemming from the unique history of the Joshua Light Show that began in the 1970s, this interactive live psychedelic light show features a mix of analog and digital projections (a “psychedelic  slipstream”) along with a live musical performance. The visuals and audio operate in an evolving conversation throughout and each performance is a unique experience suited to the space in which its acted out.

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On January 13 (2016), Nitehawk’s LOCAL COLOR and Tribeca Film Festival presented a special ART SEEN screening of PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT.

Q&A with director Lisa Immordino Vreeland, producer Dan Braun, and Nitehawk’s Senior Film Programmer, Caryn Coleman.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel with Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th Century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.

Local Color is in partnership with Tribeca Film Festival. Art Seen is in partnership with frieze.

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Q&A following the screening of MEN GO TO BATTLE on December 15, 2015 at Nitehawk Cinema with Director Zachary Treitz, Cinematographer Ben Jutkiewicz, and Co-producer Brendan McHugh; moderated by Cara Cusumano (Senior Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival).

Presented by Nitehawk’s “Local Color” (program of independent New York filmmakers) and Tribeca Film Festival.

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Wrap Up: The 2015 Nitehawk Shorts Festival


For the third year Nitehawk has presented its annual NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL featuring short films under twenty minutes and, as in previous years, we’ve been proud to host so many extremely talented (and nice) filmmakers! (more…)

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Holiday book drive with Nitehawk and Out of Print to benefit NY Foundling!


After giving thanks this week, give books to kids! On December 2, in conjunction with our screening of Scrooged, Nitehawk and Out of Print are hosting a book drive for the screening to benefit The NY Foundling

Tickets to the movie may be sold out but that doesn’t mean you’re out! We’re still encouraging people to come by and donate books or, heck, even some cold hard cash. And if you un-Scrooge status isn’t enough, you’ll also receive some pretty amazing benefits from Out of Print.

The details are…

1) Donate at least one new book (appropriate for ages ten and younger) and receive a $25 gift card to Out of Print’s website. 

2) Donate $15 onsite and get a $25 gift card to Out of Print’s website — 100% of this donation will go to The NY Foundling. 

Non bah, humbug!

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Photos: A Nite to Dismember 2015

For three years running, Halloween at Nitehawk has meant one thing: A Nite to Dismember, an all-night horror movie marathon starting at midnite and going way, way into the soft November sunshine. Anchored with the theme of “Decades of Horror,” this year’s slate of films was Poltergeist (80s), House on Haunted Hill (60s), A Bay of Blood (70s), Scream (90s) and a new mystery film off the festival circuit: The Mind’s Eye.

On top of all that was a costume contest, trivia, goodie bags, slap-happy drinking games all led by Shudder‘s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s own Kris King. Survivors (more this year than others) of the evening were treated to a cupcakes from our neighbor Sweethaus, and a breakfast spread and cereal bar provided by Post.

Check the pictures below, and who knows, maybe next year you too will have… A Nite to Dismember. *lightning crack, distant laughter*

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Nice Shoes Made An Awesome Thing for Shorts Fest

For the past three years, Nice Shoes Creative Studio have been a sponsor of our annual Shorts Festival, providing a generous color grading package prize to Festival winners. This year, the team went a step further by animating a Nitehawk short to open up the festival about how we, as Nitehawks, hunt for good movies like a fearsome bird of prey. They explain it better on their blog, and talk with the short’s creator James Coulson about his idea and process. Suffice to say, we love it. Check it out:

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The 2015 Nitehawk Staff Halloween Costume Contest

As has become a Halloween tradition at Nitehawk, we’ve once again invited our staff into a game of costumed brinksmanship for cash prizes and alcohol all for the rest of our enjoyment. Winners of these prizes have yet to be decided, but we do have the contestants from this past weekend, and they’re all listed below.

Who will come out on top this year? Will it be Bartender Hunter for his scary Bob Dylan looking thing? Or will it be Manager Nicole who lived out her lifelong dream of walking around town covered in blood? Or will it be The Nitehawk, a mysterious masked crusader who works night and day to serve you drinks while you watch horror movies?

Bartender Craig as Gene from 'Wet Hot American Summer'
Bartender Vanessa as Cholo Bride of Frankenstein
Server Madeline as Lara Croft
Server Kate as David Foster Wallace
Bartender Ryan as The Nitehawk
Bartender Hunter as... Ghost Bob Dylan? Who knows.
Server Maria as Janelle Monae
Projectionist Joe as Eddie Valiant
Server Shae and Runner Will as Alabama and Clarence from True Romance
Server Ryan as Ballerina Ryan
Bartender Kayla as Caveman Kayla
Server Matt as Porn Star Santa
Server Phil as Manager Margaret, Manager Margaret as Herself
Runner Jeremy as Beetlejuice
Servers Rebecca and Greg as Amy Winehouse and Blake
Chefs Greg and Kurt as Juggalos WOOP WOOP
Runner Chris as Marty McFly
Server Nick as Frida
Manager Nicole as Patrick Bateman
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Q&A: Author/Screenwriter Emma Donoghue on ROOM

On Thursday, October 15, Rooftop Films held a special advance screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room followed by a delightful Q&A with Emma Donoghue, who wrote the book upon which the film is based and the screenplay of the movie itself. Led by Rooftop’s Dan Nuxoll, Abrahamson talks about the real life inspiration for the story, researching isolation and captivity and how she massaged her novel into a filmable script.

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Q&A: Actor/Director Sebastian Silva talks NASTY BABY

On Wednesday, October 14 2015, Nitehawk and Gothamist hosted an advanced screening of Nasty Baby, a “fucked up urban fable” from writer/director/star Sebastian Silva (Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, Magic Magic). Moderated by Gothamist’s Jen Chung, Silva goes into detail about how the film reflects his own life, the complicated way Kristin Wiig and American women in general wear their hair, and why he thinks sex scenes in movies are boring. Oh, and how he kind of wants to kill somebody. More below.

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Q&A: VICTORIA director Sebastian Schipper & star Laia Costa

On Thursday, October 8, 2015 Nitehawk hosted the New York City premiere of Sebastian Schipper’s single shot thriller Victoria. After the film, star Laia Costa joined Schipper for a Q&A moderated by Erik Luers of ‘Filmmaker Magazine’ and discussed preparing for the long shoot, the host of challenges they faced on their shoot in Berlin, and the strength of story over script.

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Gallery: Nitehawk’s Fall 2015 Menu

Fall has finally hit New York City, and we’re pleased as punch to be neck deep in hurricane panic, Halloween decorations and a long slate of horror movies. Just like with every season, Nitehawk’s kitchen, headed up by chef Kurt Applegate, is rolling out a new menu to keep up with the shifting winds. Below, we’ve put together a collection of photos of all of the new items to our menu like a burrata crostini, bacon-wrapped scallops, and new entrees. 

In the department of things that aren’t pictured but should be: we have an Affogato Float that’s made with Manhattan Special espresso soda and Nutella soft serve (that you can add booze into, natch), and a new season popcorn that’s made with maple honey-butter and cinnamon toast crunch (uh huh).

As you can see, we’re full of surprises. So go ahead and click through what we have below; do it again; and now try to spend the rest of your day not thinking about chicken sandwiches and delicious piles of cheese.

Photos by Irene Yoo.

BURRATA CROSTINI: Burrata, fig compte, grilled baguette, balsamic reduction. To be eaten at every meal.
MEAT PLATE: Prosciutto, Columbus Finocchiona, Columbus Calabrese. Spicy. Salty. Hammy.
CHEESE PLATE: three tres fancy cheese from Murray's Cheese. Castatica (Italian), Beemster XO (NP) & Shropshire (UK)
KALE SALAD: Tuscan kale, Asian pear, dried cranberries, smoked almonds, hazelnut-tahini dressing. It's a Brooklyn bi-law to have a Kale salad on the menu.
BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS: sea scallops, applewood smoked bacon, honey-dijon. Eating 27 is the record, dare you break it?
FLATBREAD: butternut squash, fontina, caramelized onions, fried sage.
SHRIMP AND POLENTA: cajun spiced shrimp, jalapeno-cheddar polenta, peppadew coulis.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS: crispy brussels sprouts served with slived apple, bacon and a cider reduction. SO Fall.
SHORT RIB EMPANADAS: red wine braised short rib, kimchi, gochujang aioli. Gochujang is a spicy, funky Korean condiment that's delicious.
MEATBALL HOAGIE: beef meatballs, tomato marinara, fontina, parmesan, Martin's hoagie roll. Where I come from, this is called a sub, but if you put it on a Martin's Potato Roll you can call it whatever you want.
STEAK SANDWICH: marinated petit filet, Korean slaw, gochujang aioli, foccacia
FRIED CHCIKEN SANDWICH: pickle brined chicken breast, cilantro-jalapeno aioli; We have a winner. Give this thing a tiny, edible trophy.
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Lo-Res Fall Cocktails: Raw and Uncensored

Fall appeals to all kinds of vices: artificial pumpkin flavoring, chainsaw murder movies, hiding weight gain under layers and layers and layers of trendy clothing; but one of the best vices for the blissful blip before Winter freezes our collective souls is drinking. Sweet drinks, warm drinks, funky drinks, strong drinks. The glory days of watery beer and limey, bubbly cocktails have had their day in the sun; it’s time to get to some real, honest heavy drinking.

Below, Nitehawk’s beverage team of Matt Walker and Nick Dodge take us through some of the highlights of the new cocktails on offer at Nitehawk’s bar, Lo-Res. Some are fruity, some are beety, all of them are named for dollar bin VHS tapes.

Nitehawk_IvanDrago_lrIvan Drago
Ballast Point Barrel Aged Rum, pistachio orgeat, Beet Syrup, fresh lime, black walnut bitters

It’s hard for me to imagine The Siberian Bull drinking a cocktail, but when I think of beets I think of Russia, and when I think of Russia, obviously I think of Ivan Drago. In this application the beet syrup tastes more fruity than earthy, so this cocktail ends up being much more accessible than it sounds. We’re making Pistachio milk in house, then making the orgeat from that, but to be honest, the pistachio milk is so good on its own I end up drinking most of it before we even make the orgeat. -MW (more…)

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Fear of a Female Planet: The Music Videos of Tamra Davis


All of September, Nitehawk is spotlighting films directed by women, and this weekend we’ll be screening director Tamra Davis’s gangsta comedy CB4. Her second feature and first comedy, Davis got the CB4 gig because of her early career spent directing music videos for groups like N.W.A., The Beastie Boys, Black Flag and more.

As a woman trying to crack into the directing game, Davis found the economy of music videos more welcoming of a female voice. Fresh off of directing CB4 in 1993, Davis told the Los Angeles Times ‘There’s much less sexism in the video world and they’re open to women,” before concluding “I’m getting offered a lot of movies right now, but because of ‘CB4,’ most of them are comedies and the last thing I want to do is another comedy,” she says. “I’m determined to make another movie about a strong female character.”

Her next film was Billy Madison.

On to the videos. (more…)

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