Public Film Series


The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You® Series will take place at The Museum of Modern Art November 16 through 19, 2012.

All screenings at
MoMA’s Roy & Niuta Titus Theater 2
11 West 53rd Street, Film Lobby entrance


Screening Schedule and Tickets

Red Flag
2012. USA. Written and directed by Alex Karpovsky. With Karpovsky, Dustin Guy Defa, Jennifer Prediger, Keith Poulson. The version of himself that Karpovsky plays in his laugh-out-loud comedy Red Flag is an even more hilarious reinvention of the filmmaker-actor's inimitable on-screen persona—familiar from his comic turns in Lena Dunham’s Girls and Tiny Furniture, and in Madeleine Olnek’s Co-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (a Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You nominee in 2011). Newly single thanks to his aversion to marriage, Karpovsky embarks on a road trip throughout the American south to screen his second feature Woodpecker at college campuses and indie cinemas. He conscripts his reluctant friend Henry to go along for the ride (Onur Tukel, all shaggy-dog warmth). Inevitably, they get mixed up in series of madcap misadventures, including Karpovsky’s one-night stand with a congenial stalker. Gleefully indulging the myriad indignities of a life in microbudget cinema, Karpovsky's self-deprecating star turn and docu-fictional style transcend the very limitations the movie spends much of its time sending up. 84 min.
Friday, November 16, 6:00; Sunday, November 18, 6:00.

Sun Don’t Shine
2012. USA. Written and directed by Amy Seimetz. With Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, AJ Bowen. Combine Bonnie and Clyde, Wanda, Badlands, Panic in Needle Park and True Romance, then throw them all into the steamy backwoods of the Florida Everglades, and you'll have a taste of what's going on in Sun Don't Shine, Seimetz's plaintive ballad of doomed lovers veering off the blacktop. Leo and Crystal are drifters in a desperate embrace, running from something awful, with something even worse hidden in the trunk of their car. Inspired by 1970s American cinema, Seimetz relishes the overwrought pleasures of genre filmmaking while capturing something authentic and romantic along the way. 83 min.
Friday, November 16, 8:30; Sunday, November 18, 1:15.

2012. USA. Written and directed by David Zellner. Produced and photographed by Nathan Zellner. With Nathan Zellner, Sydney Aguirre, David Wingo. The Zellner Brothers have been making loopy yet emotionally piercing independent films for years, but the bizarre and haunting Kid-Thing contains a new level of gravity. Ten-year-old Annie is left by absent parents to her own devices in rural Texas, filling her days with random moments of solitary vandalism. One afternoon, from a hole in the ground, she hears the voice of an old woman trapped in an underground well. Unsure of whether she’s the devil or just someone who might like a PB&J—to say nothing of a ladder—Annie finds herself thrust into an unexpected metaphysical crisis. 83 min.
Saturday, November 17, 3:00; Monday, November 19, 4:15.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
2012. USA. Written and directed by Terence Nance. With Alisa Becher, Jc Cain, Dexter Jones, Terence Nance. A highlight of New Directors/New Films 2012, Nance’s inventive and charming An Oversimplification of her Beauty defies easy categorization. Using documentary footage, animation, and Nance’s own hypnotic score, it playfully ponders, reenacts, and explodes the director’s own unrequited love affair, even drafting in Nance’s would-be paramour as co-star. Formally audacious, utterly sincere, and impossibly cool, Oversimplification yokes themes of romantic indecision and interpersonal communication in the digital age to larger dialogues about the nature of memory and the meaning of life. 90 min.
Saturday, November 17, 6:00; Monday, November 19, 6:30.

Tiger Tail in Blue
2012. USA. Written and directed by Frank V. Ross. With Anthony J. Baker, Allison Latta, Megan Mercier, Ross. A subtle and affecting naturalistic drama, this sixth feature by Chicago-based mumblecore writer-director Ross focuses on a recently married couple—Chris (played by Ross himself), an aspiring writer who waits tables at night, and Melody (Rebecca Spence), a high school teacher—whose conflicting work schedules keep them apart. Chris finds a more palpable kinship, and glimmering sexual tension, with Brandy (Mercier), a sassy restaurant colleague. Shot by Mike Gibisser (the director of the excellent but little seen Finally, Lillian and Dan), this is a beautifully calibrated piece of observational cinema that is emotionally compelling without ever imposing itself upon the viewer. 76 min.
Saturday, November 17, 8:45; Sunday, November 18, 3:45. T2

Schedule by day:
Friday, November 16 at 6:00 pm: Red Flag
Friday, November 16 at 8:30 pm: Sun Don’t Shine

Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 pm: Kid-Thing
Saturday, November 17 at 6:00 pm: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Saturday, November 17 at 8:45 pm: Tiger Tail in Blue

Sunday, November 18 at 1:15 pm: Sun Don’t Shine
Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 pm: Tiger Tail in Blue
Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 pm: Red Flag

Monday, November 19 at 4:15 pm: Kid-Thing
Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

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