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In 2000, Christopher Nolan's striking thriller Memento captivated audiences with its innovative portrait of a man disoriented by short term memory loss, hunting for his wife's killer. In a cinematic landscape littered with scientific myths, Memento is noteworthy for its authentic, but no less intriguing, dramatization of neurological disorder. As we revisit this intellectually challenging film on its 10th anniversary, we celebrate Nolan's unconventional storytelling—as exciting now as it was then.
After the Movie: Join us for a conversation featuring special guests from science and screen, including Memento stars Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (whose short story "Memento Mori" inspired the film), New School professor of psychology Dr. William Hirst, and MIT professor of behavioral neuroscience Dr. Suzanne Corkin. Panelists will explore the science of memory as it relates to Memento and more broadly, the history of Hollywood's portrayal of memory as a dramatic theme. Moderated by NPR's Robert Krulwich. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller
The PS22 chorus from Staten Island became world famous after their YouTube videos went viral. This feel-good documentary follows them to their big performance as the closing act at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, where creative differences, lost voices, and homesickness threaten their performance. Can these 5th graders entertain the entertainment elite? | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
In 1939, Nazis seized control of Austrian art collector Lea Bondi's beloved Egon Schiele painting "Portrait of Wally." For 70 years the Bondi family fought to reclaim the painting in a battle that pitted them against the likes of the Austrian government, billionaire art collectors, MoMA, and NPR. Director Andrew Shea's documentary is a fascinating and intricate detective story that highlights the struggle between doing what is right and doing what is convenient. | Read MoreDocumentary
Saturday Night Live has been a New York icon for decades, but few have witnessed what it actually takes to pull off an episode. Actor/director James Franco settles confidently behind the camera and into corners of cubicles and conference rooms to bring unprecedented access to the cast's vigorous marathon of comedy creation. With John Malkovich hosting the episode, Franco sculpts an intimate look at the making of one hilarious episode of SNL.
After the Movie: Join James Franco and cast members of SNLfor a lively conversation. Moderated by Dave Karger, Senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and frequent contributor to NBC's Today Show.
| Read MoreComedy
Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. But, as Sing Your Song proves in a most stirring way, Belafonte has had a significant and lasting impact on the ongoing worldwide struggle for human rights. This powerful documentary reveals Belafonte's multifaceted contributions to the arts, the U.S. Civil Rights movement, the fight against Apartheid, ending starvation in Ethiopia, and much more.