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Conversations in Cinema

Join us for these exclusive conversations with filmmakers, artists, and thinkers which will follow some of this year's most provocative films, including Errol Morris' latest documentary, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 2001, a look at the recording of Gloria Estefan's latest album, and Julian Schnabel's Lou Reed performance film.
Standard Operating ProcedureStandard Operating Procedure


Can a photograph change the world? Can an exposé also be a coverup? In Standard Operating Procedure, Academy Award®-winning director Errol Morris turns the camera on the American soldiers who took the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs.  Join filmmaker Errol Morris and "Jarhead" author Anthony Swofford in a conversation following the North American Premiere of Standard Operating Procedure.

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2001: A Space Odyssey2001: A Space Odyssey
Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation  Alfred P Sloan Foundation


It’s one of the most spine tingling and memorable lines in movie history "Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"  - and it was spoken by a computer. 2001: A Space Odyssey was ahead of its time in many ways – from depicting the most accurate vision of outer space to date (the weightlessness, the silence) to predicting many "modern" inventions such as credit card data strips, flat-screen TVs, in-flight entertainment, and voice recognition. Following a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s futuristic masterpiece—which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year—join astronaut Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing), director/actor Matthew Modine (I Think I Thought; Full Metal Jacket), Ann Druyan (screenwriter, Contact) and Marvin Minsky (Professor, MIT) for a special discussion about the realities of the film and artificial intelligence. NPR Science Friday host Ira Flatow moderates.


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90 Miles the Documentary90 Miles the Documentary


The title of Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan’s latest album, 90 Millas, refers to the distance between Cuba and southern Florida, a region that has become synonymous with Latin culture. At the core of that culture is its music, and Gloria’s husband Emilio captured the blood, sweat and tears that went into the new record in this very intimate film about the music-making process. Join director Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan and musicians Johnny Pacheco, La India and Jose Feliciano for a candid discussion after the screening.


Followed by a conversation on Latin music with Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, and other special guests.  Moderated by John Quinones.


Thurs 5/1, 6:00pm BMCC
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Celebrating Berlin
Hosted by the School of Visual Arts


Lou Reed's critically acclaimed 1973 album "Berlin" was yet another musical step forward in the career of the man who brought the darkest themes of literature to rock and roll. For years, "Berlin" was considered one of the more eclectic works in Reed's extraordinary catalog, but one that clearly cried out for a theatrical presentation. In 2006, backed by a full orchestra, Reed performed the mini-opera in its entirety over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. And, under the direction of painter/director Julian Schnabel, this historic event was captured on film.


Join Lou Reed and Julian Schnabel in a conversation with Vanity Fair's Lisa Robinson following the premiere of Julian Schnabel's film "Lou Reed's Berlin."


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