Schedule of Events

Illuminating Noir

Friday thru Friday, April 1–8
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and 8th Floor Illustration Program showcases, 2 West 13th Street
Fine Arts Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, 25 East 13th Street, 4th and 5th Floor
Open Daily noon-6 pm, and Thursday noon-8 pm
Admission: Free

This visual arts exhibit, which includes magazine illustrations and media projects, represents and reconsiders the visual imagery associated with noir literature, theater, and film. The exhibit is curated by faculty members Simone Douglas, Ben Katchor and Christiane Paul with students from Parsons and the Media Studies program.


 

The New City at Night

Friday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, April 2, 5:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, 25 East 13th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
http://nsafnewcity.eventbrite.com

How does noir live on the stage today? The New School for Drama presents adapted and original material performed by its first-year MFA class.


 

Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival 2011 - 32nd Annual New School Invitational Film Show

Friday, April 1: screening, 8:00–10:00 p.m.,
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street

A presentation of the best films made by New School students during the past year opens the Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival. The program includes selected narratives, documentaries, and experimental shorts.

For a complete schedule of 2011 Hirshon Festival events, visit www.newschool.edu/hirshon. 


 

Noir Film Orgy

Saturday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street
Sunday, April 3, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue
Admission: Free with New School ID

Classic Hollywood noir films and new noir-inspired shorts made by students in the Media Studies program are screened during this two-day exhibition.

Schedule for Saturday, April 2
Curated by Jim Miller, Christiane Paul and Robert Polito

11:00 a.m. - Nightfall
12:20 p.m. - On The Run (Media Studies student film) and Fairy Tale Noir (Media Studies student film)
12:40 p.m. - Noir shorts
  2:00 p.m. - No Man of Her Own
  3:30 p.m. - I Love You Means I Love You (Media Studies student film)
  3:45 p.m. - Noir shorts
  4:15 p.m. - Ossessione
  6:30 p.m. - The Lady Out of Time (Media Studies student film)
  6:45 p.m. - Noir shorts
  7:15 p.m. - The Prowler

Schedule for Sunday, April 3
Curated and introduced by Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan

12:00 p.m. - Wicked Woman
  1:35 p.m. - Sweet Demise (Media Studies student film)
  1:45 p.m. - The Chase
  3:30 p.m. - Fairy Tale Noir (Media Studies student film) and On The Run (Media Studies student film)
  3:45 p.m. - He Ran All The Way


 

A Checkroom Romance

Libretto, drawings, and direction by Ben Katchor; music by Mark Mulcahy
Saturday, April 2, 2:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafcheckroom.eventbrite.com

The New School presents A Checkroom Romance, a musical tragicomedy about one man's casual obsession with the architecture and culture of coat checkrooms, which ensnares him in a desperate struggle with employment agents, maitre 'ds, lovesick podiatrists, low-budget contractors, and paraphilic playboys. A Checkroom Romance was commissioned by the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, with libretto, drawings, and direction by Ben Katchor; and music by Mark Mulcahy.


 

Marc Ribot in Concert

Saturday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafmarcribot.eventbrite.com

Sex! Trash! Violence! Marc Ribot, noted American guitarist and composer explores the border between classic noir film scores of the 40s thru 60s, and the 80s no-wave bands who worshipped them. Material will include re-arrangements of Henry Mancini (Touch of Evil), Andre Previn (Scene of the Crime), Roy Budd (Get Carter) on the one hand and the Lounge Lizards, Rootless Cosmopolitans, and new noir by Marc Ribot on the other.


 

Keynote Address by James Naremore

Monday, April 4, 6:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafkeynote.eventbrite.com

The author of More than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts and The Magic World of Orson Welles lectures on the 1946 noir film The Big Sleep, adapted from Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. James Naremore is Chancellor's Professor of Speech Communication, Comparative Literature, English, and Film Studies at Indiana University.


 

Screening of Blood Simple

Monday, April 4, 8:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafbloodsimple.eventbrite.com

Hirshon Festival Director-in-Residence Guy Maddin and film and culture writer Kim Morgan introduce the 1984 American neo-noir Blood Simple, which was the directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen.

Please note: The originally programed Conversation with Frances McDormand has been moved to Friday, April 8 at 2:00 pm. Reservations for the rescheduled event can be made at http://nsafmcdormand.eventbrite.com.


 

Fantomas Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 5, 4:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsaffantomas.eventbrite.com

This rare screening of the 1913–1914 silent crime film serial, based on the series of novels of the same name, is followed by a panel discussion with writers and critics Geoffrey O'Brien, Howard Rodman, Luc Sante, and David White.


 

The Femme Fatale

Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsaffemmefatale.eventbrite.com

The noted American film critic and author Molly Haskell delivers a paper on the noir female archetype. Film and culture writer Kim Morgan, journalist Susie Linfield and Laura Frost, associate professor and chair of Literary Studies at The New School, will respond and lead a discussion. Bill Goldstein will moderate.


 

Noir - Poetry, Fiction and Jazz

Tuesday, April 5, 8:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafpoetryfictionjazz.eventbrite.com

Robert Polito, poet and director of the New School Writing Program, will be reading with novelist Mary Gaitskill and poet Robert Pinsky, whose poetry will be accompanied by improvised music from musicians Ben Allison, Frank Kimbrough and Rudy Royston. "…more than suspense, sex, gore, and sensationalism, the crux for noir is always * isn't it? - who knew what when,," says Polito. "Think of Melville, Hawthorne, Poe, and Dickinson or Faulkner, Hemingway, and 'The Waste Land.' That's our dark tradition, and we are very lucky to have Robert Pinsky and Mary Gaitskill with us as our exemplars and guides."


 

The White Devil

By John Webster
Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafwhitedevil.eventbrite.com

Deliciously wicked and morally ambiguous, the Jacobeans invented the genre of Noir centuries before cinema. Students and alumni of Eugene Lang College will perform an hour-long version of John Webster's 1612 Jacobean revenge tragedy, The White Devil, in which Noir meets Steampunk. The play is directed by Lang alumnus Michael Buffer, and the artistic director is faculty member Cecilia Rubino.


 

Michael Gray on Blind Willie McTell

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.
Malcolm Klein Reading Room, 66 West 12th Street, A510
Admission: Free

Ralph Ellison once described the blues as "an autobiographical chronicle of a personal catastrophe expressed lyrically." In this evening of readings and recordings, Michael Gray, one of the world's leading authorities on the blues, focuses on the powerful African-American blues artist Blind Willie McTell, singer of such songs as "Delia," "Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues," and "Broke Down Engine," which Bob Dylan called "a masterpiece."


 

Guy Maddin's Lost Films

Wednesday, April 6, 8:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
www.nsafguymaddin.eventbrite.com

Guy Maddin, the Dorothy H. Hirshon Festival Director-in-Residence introduces a screening of Hauntings, his short adaptations of movies by great directors for which the prints have been lost, which he based on plot synopses found in ancient Variety magazines. This work was commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival. The screening concludes with a Q&A with Writing Program director Robert Polito


 

Noir Now

Thursday, April 7, 6:30–11:30 p.m.
Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by going to:
http://nsafnoirnow.eventbrite.com

Live performances and video excerpts of the new noir opera, The Letter, from composer Paul Moravec and librettist Terry Teachout

A marathon of back-to-back events.

  • 6:30 p.m.: MFA Creative Writing students and Vera List Center Art Collection Writing Award winners read their own noir-inspired work. For more information visit www.veralistcenter.org/writingaward.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Video excerpts of the new noir opera, The Letter, from composer Paul Moravec and librettist Terry Teachout
  • 8:30 p.m.: Poetry reading by Frank Bidart
  • 9:30 p.m.: Writer-critic Greil Marcus, director Todd Haynes, and writer Jon Raymond discuss the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, scheduled for launch in March 2011, which they based on the 1941 novel by James M. Cain. 

 

Student-Run Film Noir Screening

Friday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
IFC Center
Sixth Avenue at West Third Street
Admission is Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by emailing delgadok@newschool.edu by April 1.

A student-run screening featuring Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.


 

Conversation with Frances McDormand/Screening of Fargo

Friday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Reservations for this event can be made at http://nsafmcdormand.eventbrite.com.

Eugene Lang College faculty member Cecilia Rubino talks with the Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand about acting and instigating -- how actors collaborate with and inspire writer-directors and how she created the character of Marge Gunderson in this Coen brothers film, and her current role as Margie in David Lindsay Abaire's Good People on Broadway.


 

Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival: Original Script Reading Event

Friday, April 8 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Followed by a public reception.
Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
Admissions free

An evening where students' written words are released from the page and brought to vivid life.

Portions of screenplays written by students completing the Screenwriting Certificate will be performed by accomplished working actors reading before an audience of peers and invited film industry professionals. Audio and video components will accompany the readings to better help bring the material's cinematic qualities even closer to life.

The New School Script Reading Event provides students with both the invaluable experience of hearing their characters voiced by trained actors while also offering them the chance to publically showcase their talent.

2011 Participants include:
Natalia S. Babinski, Cynthia Baldon, Julie Crotty, Dederk J. Devero, Jordan McKown, Peter V. Milo, Ales Ree, and Amy Zitron.
Their bios can be seen here.

For a complete schedule of 2011 Hirshon Festival events, visit www.newschool.edu/hirshon