Francofonia. Image courtesy of Music Box Films.

FESTIVAL
First Look 2016

January 8–24

Now in its fifth year, First Look is a festival for eye-opening and mind-expanding international cinema. The emphasis is on innovative works that allow us to see the art form—and the world—in a new light. This year’s edition is a true cinephile’s feast, filled with works that reflect on the medium itself, that urge us to reconsider our intimate connection to the ways that we experience cinema. As always, the films in First Look cannot be easily defined. They are artisan works, expressing distinct personal visions, with a strong emphasis this year on avant-garde cinema. To engage in the new possibilities of an art form is also to engage with the past, and this edition of First Look contains an ongoing dialogue with film history, with a selection of older works in dialogue with the many premieres.

Programmed by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Associate Curator of Film Eric Hynes. The adventurous festival FIDMarseille, led by Jean-Pierre Rehm, is a programming partner for First Look, and guest programmers this year include Aliza Ma, program director of the Metrograph, and Mónica Savirón

Special thanks to the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

A First Look Festival pass, good for admission to all films, is available for $40.


OPENING NIGHT
Francofonia
Friday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.
Screening
João Bénard da Costa—Others Will Love the Things I…
Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m.
SCREENING
Johnny Guitar
Saturday, January 9, 4:00 p.m.
Screening
I Am the People (Je suis le peuple)
Saturday, January 9, 7:00 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
New Films by Ken Jacobs
Sunday, January 10, 1:30 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Of the North and Pieces and Love All to Hell
Sunday, January 10, 4:00 p.m.
Screening & live event
This Is What It Is (Esto es lo que hay)
Friday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Standard Gauge
Saturday, January 16, 1:30 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Behind Jim Jarmusch and Traveling at Night with Ji…
Saturday, January 16, 2:30 p.m.
SCREENING
The Limits of Control
Saturday, January 16, 5:00 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
The Project of the Century (La obra del siglo)
Saturday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Color Correction
Sunday, January 17, 1:30 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Abandoned Goods and Crystal World
Sunday, January 17, 4:30 p.m.
Screening & Live Event
Spectrum Reverse Spectrum
Sunday, January 17, 5:30 p.m.
Screening & Live Event
Toponymy (Toponimia)
Sunday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.
Screening & Live Event
Pawel and Wawel (Pawel i Wawel) and Night Train
Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.
Canceled Screening
Films by Björn Kämmerer
Saturday, January 23, 2:00 p.m.
CANCELED SCREENING
Andrew Noren Memorial Screening: The Lighted Field
Saturday, January 23, 4:30 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
A Matter of Visibility: International Avant-Garde …
Saturday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
Screening & Live Event
Films by Andrew Noren and Björn Kämmerer
Sunday, January 24, 12:30 p.m.
Screening & Live Event
A Matter of Visibility: International Avant-Garde …
Sunday, January 24, 3:00 p.m.
CANCELED SCREENING
Le Juif de Lascaux
Sunday, January 24, 4:00 p.m.
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Maestà, The Visit, and Lou Beth Xayma: What Eyes A…
Sunday, January 24, 5:00 p.m.
SCREENING & Live event
Meurtrière, Le Juif de Lascaux, and short films
Sunday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.