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Up the Lazy River, courtesy of the filmmaker


Celebrating Manfred Kirchheimer

Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

With Manfred Kirchheimer in Person 

This screening of works from legendary documentarian Manfred Kirchheimer, including two world premieres, honors the diverse and remarkable career of one New York City’s most invaluable cinematic chroniclers. 

Up the Lazy River 
Dir. Manfred Kirchheimer. 2021, 33 mins. DCP. This buoyantly mobile film is the climactic movement of the urban symphonic suite Kirchheimer began with 2018’s Dream of a City. Carrying us back again to late fifties New York for a final trip through the lost illusions of a city and civilization, Kirchheimer works at an even greater contemplative remove than in the film’s predecessors, ultimately expressing the contingent status of all human eras.

By Any Means: Manny Kirchheimer Makes “Sons” at 90
Dir. Taiki Sugioka. 2022, 11 mins. DCP. Sugioka follows Kirchheimer and his dedicated film crew as they make Sons, finding the filmmaker as incisive, energetic, and wry as ever at the ripe young age of 90.

Dir. Manfred Kirchheimer. 2023, 67 mins. DCP. This frank generational portrait assembles a gallery of aging men, all baby boomers drawn from the filmmaker’s community of friends and family, to share and reflect upon tender, often painful memories of their parents. Assembled with an unassuming but always attentive editorial sense, Kirchheimer’s film weaves this polyphony of interviews into a single collective expression of filial yearning. World premiere. 

Presented during Q&A:

City Scraps 
Dir. Manfred Kirchheimer. 2023, 12 mins. DCP. A collage of still and moving images spanning Kirchheimer’s work from 1960 to 2014, this cinematic scrapbook juxtaposes the hazy, faraway memory of one city, embalmed in 16mm grain and grayscale, with the nearer, clearer memory of another, captured in sharply vivid video. Scenes of demonstration and protest remind us that the political dreams of an entire populace continue to be deferred from one century to the next, while the spontaneously filmed sight of a red-tailed hawk signals something else, the undefeated spirit of a still miraculous place. World premiere. 

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.