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Flying Lessons

Saturday, Mar 16, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With director Elizabeth Nichols in person 

Dir. Elizabeth Nichols. U.S. 2024, 84 mins. DCP. With Philly Abe. At a community meeting held to address their gentrifying landlord’s aggressive treatment of longtime tenants, filmmaker Elizabeth Nichols meets Philly Abe, an older punk artist who swiftly becomes the younger woman’s muse, attentive neighbor, and friend. While tracking Philly’s activism and struggles in the face of harassment, Nichols surfaces her life story through extraordinarily candid conversations as well as a gloriously SD video archive of concert footage and decades of DIY downtown New York films by the likes of Todd Verow and Mike Kuchar in which the fabulously brash Abe starred. The magnetic pull between artist and filmmaker yields something beguiling and precious, celebrating the fiery Philly even as she and the world she fought to protect are being actively extinguished. New York premiere 

Preceded by:
This Is for Jonas Mekas 
Dir. Friedl vom Gröller. Austria/U.S. 2023, 3 mins. 16mm. Filmed in the Village, Soho, and the Lower East Side, this black-and-white street report from vom Gröller, one our greatest film portraitists, finds the spirit of her old friend Jonas Mekas in a still youthful, proud, and unruly populace. U.S. 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.