10/30/14 1:00pm

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Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.

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10/21/14 1:00pm

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Be scared. Be really, really scared. The Museum of the Moving Image doubles down on dismay with See It Big!Horror and the Korean Horror Picture Show on its oversize screens. Six Hollywood classics – The Exorcist; Nosferatu; The Phantom of the Opera; The Bride of Frankenstein; Night of the Living Dead; and Poltergeist – screen in late October.  Meanwhile, the recent resurgence of the Korean horror genre will be on display with Killer Toon, I Saw the DevilLady Vengeance, Epitaph, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and A Tale of Two SistersA full schedule and descriptions of the movies are on the jump page. 

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09/30/14 1:00pm

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The Museum of the Moving Image is showing its bookish side. Next week, the Kaufman Arts District venue will host two events featuring prolific authors. On Sunday, Robert E. Kapsis, a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak before a screening of The Jerk, which stars Steve Martin (above). Kapsis, who has penned books on Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, has just published Conversations with Steve Martin (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer, comedian, actor, artist, and original thinker. After the film, which is an expanded version of one of Martin’s comedy routines about a nitwit who grows up as “a poor black child” and decides to become white, Kapsis will sign copies of his book.

More information on this event and a discussion with a best-selling feminist author after the jump.

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09/18/14 1:00pm

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Just another day at the office! In the above photo, a professional stuntman performs a “high fall” from a scissors lift near Kaufman Astoria Studios. Usually these daredevils do this kind of stuff for a living, but on Sunday, they’ll take risks solely for the public’s enrichment during New York on Location, a celebration of film production in the Big Apple. Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817, and Kaufman Astoria Studios, this family-friendly, outdoor street fair will offer attendees the rare opportunity to explore more than 20 movie trailers and trucks and chat with movie professionals about what they do on set. Some trucks will feature star dressing rooms, while others will contain props, cameras, wardrobes, and special effects. More details and another image on jump page.

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09/08/14 1:00pm

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Films from Taiwan’s New Wave Cinema Movement, which had its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, are marked by their realistic and sympathetic portrayals of a society that was dealing with urbanization, poverty and political upheaval. Generally, the movies depict regular people with normal lives, and instead of building to a climactic finish, they often carry on at a real-life pace. The leader of this movement is Hou Hsiao-hsien, a prolific actor, singer, producer, and director known for his minimalist dramas with extensive improvisation and sensuous nuances.

From September 12th through October 17th, the Museum of the Moving Image will host Also Like Life, a series that will screen all of Hou’s 17 features on celluloid (including two new 35mm prints), plus rare shorts, and a sidebar of related films, such as Olivier Assayas’s documentary HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien. Before some screenings, film experts will provide introductions.

More information and more images after the jump.

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08/18/14 4:00pm

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The Museum of the Moving Image announced an awesome street fair planned for September — New York on Location. It’ll take plan on Sunday, September 21st from 11 am to 5 pm. This is a free, day-long and family-friendly event at the Kaufman Astoria Studios offering a special look at film production in NYC. Kaufman Astoria Studio will open movie trailers and trucks to the public, and movie professionals will be on hand to talk about about what they do on set. There will also be stunt professionals demonstrating high falls, street fighting and stunt driving. Food will even be available from movie catering trucks.

It’ll all take place on the backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios, at the Museum of the Moving Image and on the surrounding streets. Can’t wait for this one!

Photo by Pat Alvarado for the Museum of the Moving Image

08/11/14 1:00pm

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This Friday, Hong Kong’s prolific movie director Patrick Lung Kong will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from another Asian director, Tsui Hark, at the Museum of the Moving Image. A true pioneer of Cantonese cinema, Kong wrote 14 films that he directed between 1966 and 1979 and starred in 60 films between 1958 and 2002. The museum will then screen The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (below), followed by a conversation with Kong and Hark, a native of Vietnam who remade this film. The event will kick off Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Konga nine-film series featuring rare titles imported from Hong Kong from August 15th through August 24th.

For more information, go to the jump page.

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08/05/14 1:00pm

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Stay in Queens this weekend and experience life in some of the world’s most remote areas. From August 8th through August 10th, the Museum of the Moving Image will host the tenth annual Rural Route Film Festival by screening 16 international motion pictures — five features and 11 shorts — from faraway places in Slovenia, Somalia, Hungary, Russia, and other countries. The main theme is ancient pagan cultures as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Sergei Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (bottom photo), which blends mythology, religious iconography, and pagan magic from Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains in the 1800s. Appearances by filmmakers and actors and live music will accompany some of the screenings.

The schedule and more photos are on the jump page.

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08/01/14 1:00pm

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He played the leader of a militant Sikh sect in the 1996 Indian film Maachis. He portrayed a Pakistani immigrant in England who struggles with his westernized children in the 1999 British flick East is East. And he even had roles in Hollywood productions with Patrick Swazey (City of Joy, 1992), Jack Nicholson (Wolf, 1994), and Val Kilmer (The Ghosts and the Darkness, 1996). Now, he’s coming to the Museum of the Moving Image. This Sunday, Om Puri (seated, above) will watch clips of his finest acting moments and chat about his roughly 50-year career with Indian actress and food expert Madhur Jaffrey. Then the museum will host a special preview screening of his newest work, The Hundred-Foot Journey (below), a Steven Spielberg-Oprah Winfrey production that also stars Helen Mirren. In this adaptation of a book by Richard C. Morais, Puri is the patriarch of proud family that opens an Indian restaurant next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery in the south of France. An all-out war ensues.

Details: Om Puri Tribute and The Hundred-Foot Journey, Museum of the Moving Image,36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District, August 3rd, 6 pm, $20.

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For information about another screening and live event — Not to Be Missed: Chinatown — at the Museum of the Moving Image on August 3rd, go to the jump page.

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07/01/14 1:00pm

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A small screen simply isn’t good enough for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which features more spectacular imagery of space and special effects than dialogue. This 1968 science fiction classic, which was released during the height of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, depicted exploration of the unknown and prophetically demonstrated how computers were primed to control daily human activity. As part of the See It Big! Science Fiction Part Two series, the Museum of the Moving Image will show a rare 70mm version of this mysterious Stanley Kubrick masterpiece six times in early July. 

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