The coronavirus pandemic has scuttled the south-southwest and delayed the Cannes Film Festival. Niche outlets have never had a chance to play across the country – and the theaters in which they would have performed face an uncertain future. But several festivals, theaters and distributors of art houses have tried to offer substitutes online. This list should be viewed as a small sample.
Tribeca Film Festival
Originally scheduled for April, Tribeca has been postponed until further notice. But since March 17, the festival has published a short film every day on its website under the heading “One short film a day takes anxiety away”. All short films are made by Tribeca Film Festival alumni, and they tend to refer to the current state of isolation and uncertainty. “Let’s Not Panic,” from 2015, stars Lyle Friedman as a woman who has a crush on her therapist – a crush that he says would be impossible if society’s norms were broken. Locate an asteroid, rushing towards Earth.
ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York
This annual festival presents films that raise awareness of the perspectives of people with disabilities, such as “Code of the Freaks”, a documentary the examination of the representation in Hollywood films and “25 Prospect Street”, about a theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut. hiring People with Disabilities. The festival take place on its original dates, March 31 to April 6, but it moved online to reelabilities.org. Sessions can be watched at their scheduled time or 24 hours after, and Q. and A.s will also be available.
TCM Classic Film Festival: special house edition
After canceling its annual Hollywood-based vintage film festival, Turner Classic Movies host a sort of simulated festival on television from April 16 to 19. The programming – “A Star Is Born” (1954), “North by Northwest”, “Lawrence of Arabia” – might not be so different from ordinary TCM programming, but interviews with past festivals will be interspersed with films.
Greenwich International Film Festival
This Connecticut festival, which was scheduled to start in late April, will be more like an online event from May 1 to 3, with a selection of films and interviews. (Some live events have been postponed until the fall.) Virtual programming includes a Connecticut-related short film program and a sample of documentaries and fictional feature films, such as the Argentinian film “High Tide”, presented at Sundance , on a wealthy woman who endures a series of Buñuelian complications after an adventure with an entrepreneur. Go to greenwichfilm.org for more information.
Distributor Kino Lorber has started an innovative partnership to keep art houses in business. If you want to see wild and acclaimed Brazilian functionality “Bacurau”, the latest theatrical release of Kino, simply go to kinolorber.com/film/bacurau and select the cinema in which you want to “see” it. (Pay attention to the broadcast dates.) A $ 12 entry entitles you to five days of streaming, and the theater you have chosen receives a share of the price of the virtual ticket. Over 100 cinemas will benefit, ranging from film to Lincoln Center in New York, the Austin Film Society in Texas, the Olympia Film Society in Washington and Alamo Drafthouse. (You can also see Ken Loach’s perspective on the concert economy, “Sorry We Missed You”, which benefits the Film Forum in New York.)
Film Movement Virtual Cinema
It works more or less the same way as Kino Marquee but for another distributor, Film Movement, which otherwise would have had five movies in theaters. These are: Chinese kinetic black “Wild Goose Lake”; the Polish Oscar candidate “Corpus Christi”; “Zombi Child” by Bertrand Bonello, an intellectual horror riff that cuts between current France and Haiti from 1962; and twice, “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands” by Bruno Barreto (1978) and “L’Innocente” by Luchino Visconti (released late in the United States in 1979). Go to filmmovement.com, select the movie you want to watch, then choose the theater you want to watch. Partners include BAM Rose Cinemas in New York, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and the Loft Cinema in Tucson.
StreamLocal music box
Music Box Films follows Kino Lorber and Film Movement with its own theatrical distribution partnership. Service starts Friday with Georgian service “And Then We Danced”, about a dancer who finds himself attracted to a new male arrival in his troop – an attraction which could compromise his position within the homophobic company. Cinemas sharing profits with Music Box include the Little Theater in Rochester, N.Y., and the Belcourt in Nashville. Go to musicboxfilms.com/streamlocal for more information.
Oscilloscope: Quarantine circle
The Oscilloscope Labs distributor is waiting to release the new versions “Saint Frances” (which opened last month) and “The Infiltrators” (which was due to open on March 27) online for now, but it offers 10 digital downloads for $ 49.99, and $ 10 each package at the Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund, a crowdfunding initiative to support unemployed New York theater workers. Go to store.oscilloscope.net and on the Circle of Quarantine page you will find instructions on how to register as well as a long list of films available, including “Meek’s Cutoff”, by Kelly Reichardt, including “First Cow “was one of the victims of the coronavirus theater closings.