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Summer Shorts



Relics and Forgotten 16mm Gems Curated from the Reserve Film and Video Collection

Wednesdays in August we're bringing some of New York's finest film experts to the Stephen A Schwarzman Building to present one-time-only movie nights that they've curated from the Library's 60-plus-year-old collection of 16mm films. Get out of the heat and watch wonderful and strange docs, shorts, tv movies, and features selected by curators from the Library for the Performing Arts, the Criterion Collection, Maysles Documentary Center, and Alamo Drafthouse.

Each night will feature a different selection of films presented in-person by a different curator. See below for details.

Electric GrandmotherAugust 30: Sci-Fi TV Movies

"The Electric Grandmother" & "The Ugy Little Boy"
curated by Cristina Cacioppo, chief programmer, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn


This double feature presents two TV movies based on short stories by Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. Click here to register.


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Past Programs

August 9: New York Essence

"Roaches’ Lullaby," "How to Look at a City," "Life in New York," "Bowery Men's Shelter"
curated by Elena Rossi-Snook, film archivist, Library for the Performing Arts


Independently produced short films from the 1960s and 1970s which represent the essence of New York. Exploring the conceptual and physical spaces that New Yorkers inhabit and the institutions and infrastructure that shape its life.


August 16: Youth Run Wild

"Veronica," "Diane," "David: Off and On," plus more
curated by Brian Belovarac, Janus Films/The Criterion Collection


Documentaries chronicle the challenges faced by kids and teenagers in the late 1960s and early 70s.


Film ReelAugust 23: Jazz on a Summer’s Day

Jazz on a Summer's Day
curated by Edo Choi, programmer, Maysles Documentary Center.


Early concert film, documenting the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and featuring, among others: Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, Anita O’Day, Louis Armstrong, and Mahalia Jackson.