- One matinee screening at the Manhattan Film Festival
- When: June 20–July 3 at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
- Where: The Quad Cinema
- General admission
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Click here to view the schedule.
- $6 for one ticket (up to $11.99 value)
- $11 for two tickets (up to $22.99 value)
Manhattan Film Festival
Founded by—and for—independent filmmakers in 2006, the Manhattan Film Festival remains an anomaly on the festival circuit, boasting a lineup of established, emerging, and student filmmakers with undeniable talent. The matinee shows that run at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. throughout the entire festival come from all over the world and run the gamut from comedic shorts to harrowing documentaries. Here are a few of this year’s matinees:
- The Sax Man (Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m.): “He had the world. Or, he might have had the world,” says one of Maurice Reedus Jr.’s many fans in this documentary about the fixture on Cleveland’s busking scene. Now after 40 years of playing on the street, his old band mates are planning one final big show.
- Comedy Film Series (Saturday, June 21, at 3 p.m.): This short-film festival features a couple of grown men conning rubes out of free cake in Birthday Crashers; a man and his therapist guiding each other through life-changing phone calls in Jack and Paul; and a hitman whose routine job takes an unexpected turn in The Moment.
- Waiting in the Wings: The Musical (Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m.): Lee Meriwether, Christopher Atkins, Sally Struthers, and Shirley Jones star in this wacky comedy about what happens when a casting mixup sends a male stripper to a Broadway musical—and his prudish counterpart to a male revue.
- Pacing the Cage (Wednesday, June 25, at 3 p.m.): He’s been locked away for years, but when the ex-con protagonist of this drama is finally released, he finds that the world has not forgotten about him. Unfortunately.
- Variety Film Program (Friday, June 27, at 3 p.m.): This short-film series takes a dark turn with a black comedy about an adult whose vengeful alter-ego suddenly returns in Reflecting Adrianne; a noir thriller where a mysterious trucker reckons with an even more mysterious femme fatale in Lucas Cain; and a blood-spattered horror movie about missing students in a Japanese high school in Tokyo Hunt.
- Off the Floor (Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m.): Jessica Anderson-Gwin had a dream of choreographing a beautiful and complex pole-dancing routine with a troupe of talented performers—and brought it to the stage of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew
- The Frontier (Thursday, July 3, at 1 p.m.): A retired professor of literature reaches out to his estranged son, who has forsaken his family for life on the ranch. They reunite, but their meeting digs at old wounds rather than pulling the family back together.