- R.I.P. filmmaker Jonathan Demme, director of “Something Wild,” “Stop Making Sense” & other Night Flight faves
- Record Store Day, every day: You got it nicer at Licorice Pizza stores in the 70s and early 80s
- “TV Party”: Glenn O’Brien’s weekly late 70s public-access punk cocktail party TV show
- Zinelandia: Night Flight talks with Joe Biel about “$100 & a T-Shirt,” his documentary about zines
- In 1977, Prince appeared on “The Gong Show,” but no one has ever talked about the episode, until now
- The Wu Tang Collection: The weirdest “Ku Fung Theater”-style mostly-Asian action flicks you’ll ever see
- Bullseye! Arrow Films’ exploitation, Italian horror, spaghetti westerns, drive-in sleaze & more, now on Night Flight Plus!
- “Dynaman”: Night Flight’s popular series featured rubber monsters, good looking Japanese teens, silly jokes, and cool pop music!
- “All Dolled Up”: Night Flight’s exclusive interview with director Bob Gruen about his New York Dolls documentary
- “The Gumby Show”: America’s Favorite Clayboy is back again on Night Flight!
“Quay”: Christopher Nolan’s short doc on Stephen and Timothy Quay premieres this week in NYC
Film director Christopher Nolan’s new short feature documentary Quay will have its world premiere at a special program at Film Forum in New York (“The Quay Brothers – On 35MM“) on Wednesday, August 19, and Nolan and Stephen and Timothy Quay — who are known for their beautifully creepy stop-motion animation work — will all be present at the screening and will participate in a conversation about the films and the inner-workings of their London-based animation studio.
The program includes three Quay Brothers films — In Absentia (2000), The Comb (1991), Street of Crocodiles (1986) — along with Nolan’s Quay (2015), and will be shown exclusively in 35mm screenings.
After New York’s screenings (Wednesday, August 19 – Tuesday, August 25), the Quay program will travel to ten additional cities, including Dallas (Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 9/3-7), LA (Cinefamily, 9/4-10 with appearances by Nolan), Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, 9/12-13), Austin (Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 9/17), Cleveland (Cleveland Cinematheque, 9/24-27), Boston (Brattle Theatre, 9/25-10/1), Detroit (Detroit Institute of Art, 10/9-11), Seattle (SIFF Film Center, 10/9-15), Chicago (The Music Box Theatre, 10/16-22) and Toronto (TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater, 10/27).
The tour will be followed by a Blu-ray compilation of their films. The Short Films of the Quay Brothers are currently available on DVD and will be released for the very first time on Blu-ray on October 20, 2015. Only the Blu-ray will feature Christopher Nolan’s short film Quay as well as three recent films not on the DVD.
For more information go to Zeitgeist Films.
A still from Stephen and Timothy Quay’s Street Of Crocodiles (courtesy Film Forum via Photofest)
American identical twins working in London, stop-motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay are masters of miniaturization, turning their tiny sets into unforgettable worlds suggestive of long-repressed childhood dreams and dark humor.
They find their inspiration in Eastern European literature and classical music and art, and no doubt have also been influenced by Ladislas Starewicz, a pioneer in the genre and a longtime Night Flight fave (we’ve posted about him here), and the Czech master Jan Švankmajer.
Speaking of Czech filmmakers, you might also enjoy these two if you haven’t seen them yet, our feature on Gene Deitch, an American cartoonist working in Prague, and our feature on the Czech new wave fantasy by Jaromil Jireš, Valerie a týden divů — known in English-speaking countries as Valerie and Her Week of Wonders.