Where to see mind-blowing film in New York with Daniel Askill

We spoke to Daniel Askill when he was bunkered down in his Chinatown loft, waiting for the storm to hit NYC. Outside of dealing with a Natural Disaster he’s been working on a video installation (on a big ass 300 meter long wall) for the Projection Biennale in Germany. He has a film in the early stages of development with Lionsgate, is working on an adidas commercial and back on home shores his Collider bros, Sam Zalaiskalns and Andrew van der Westhuyzen, are busy designing components for the Australian pavilion at The Venice Biennale. No bigs. Whatevs. Yeah, me too.

While he had some time to kill, trying to stay out of Sandy’s face, he took us through the best places to get your film fix in NYC.

Film Forum
Address: 209 West Houston Street New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 727-8110
E-mail: filmforum@filmforum.org
Website: www.filmforum.org
Opening Hours: Check film times on the website.

Daniel says: This is the best place for Independents, Art film, Documentary Screenings and Filmmaker appearances eg Leos Carax talking after the amazing ‘Holy Motors’ screening last weekend.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 875-5456
Website: www.lc.lincolncenter.org
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am-10pm

Daniel says: For the New York Film Festival and live screenings of the Met Opera during summer.

Gagosian Gallery
Address: West 24th Street, 555 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 741-1111
E-mail: newyork@gagosian.com
Website: www.gagosian.com
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm

Daniel says: Any of the Galleries in Chelsea, a guide can be found HERE, when there is a video art showing (at the moment Richard Phillips is exhibiting with his Lindsay Lohan films at The Gagosian).

Nitehawke Cinema
Address: 136 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone: (718) 384-3980
Website: www.nitehawkcinema.com/screenings.php
Opening Hours: Check film times on the website.

Daniel says: Where you can drink and eat at the movies (with hipsters).

Address: 22-25 Jackson Ave (at the intersection of 46th Avenue), Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 786-7608
E-mail: visitor_services_ps1@moma.org
Website: www.momaps1.org
Opening Hours: Thursday to Monday 12pm-6pm

Daniel says: Often have great film programs and video art. At the moment The Brothers Quay Retrospective is on.

Sunshine Cinema
Address: 143 East Houston Street on the Lower East Side
Phone: (212) 260-7289
Website: www.landmarktheatres.com
Opening Hours: Check film times on the website.

Daniel says: Great Downtown Cinema Number One.

Angelika Film Center
Address: 18 West Houston Street New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 995-2570
Website: www.angelikafilmcenter.com
Opening Hours: Check film times on the website.

Daniel says: Great Downtown Cinema Number Two.

New Museum
Address: 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 3430-460
E-mail: info@newmuseum.org
Website: www.newmuseum.org
Opening Hours: Wednesday 11am-6 pm, Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday to Sunday 11am-6pm

Daniel says: Often has interesting video work up and while you’re there you can check out the video-wall next door at Salon 94 Gallery.

Directors Guild of America
Address: 110 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.
Phone: (212) 258-0800
Website: www.dga.org
Opening Hours: Will depend on the screening times.

Daniel says: If you are a member (or a friend of one) they do great first-release-screenings of new films every month. Usually with the Filmmakers.

BONUS. Tips for living local in NYC:

. Sunday dim sum at ‘Dim Sum Go Go‘ in Chinatown.

. Escaping upstate for the weekend : Storm King, Dia Beacon or a get a house in Woodstock.

. Dinner at Black Market and drinks downstairs at Cabin (in the East Village).

. Fireworks, smoke bombs and photos on the rooftop.

. See some art music at Le Poisson Rouge.

. Buy a bike and ride it everywhere, particularly up the West Side Highway.

. Go to the opera at the Lincoln Center.

. Ride out to Rockaway Beach.

. Take some time out in the Atrium uptown at the Frick Collection.

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