Nitehawk Cinema Expands Programming Team, Unveils Film Series


Nitehawk Cinema Expands Its Programming Team.

The chain, which has branches in Williamsburg and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY, hired Cristina Cacioppo and Desmond Thorne to augment its programming staff. They will both report to John Woods, Nitehawk’s director of programming and acquisitions.

Cacioppo recently programmed for the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Brooklyn, where she oversaw repertoire programming and directed new film series and events. She has been a film programmer for the past two decades, having run the Tribeca film program at 92nd Street Y’s. She is co-director of the New York branch of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, has an ongoing column, “The Outskirts,” for Screen Slate, and has written occasionally for MUBI.

Thorne worked for three years on the lineup team for NewFest, New York’s LGBT film festival, as a festival scheduler and consultant for their year-round lineup. Thorne is also a filmmaker and host of the podcast produced by Amanda Seales, “Adventures in Black Cinema”.

“Joining the Nitehawk team has put me in such incredible company. The alchemy of Desmond, John and my distinct tastes blend together perfectly, and we’re just getting started, ”Cacioppo said of the new collaboration.

Thorne adds, “I am delighted to be programming at Nitehawk and honored to be working with Cristina and John! The three of us collaborating together has been such a joy and I can’t wait to unleash our mutual glow with New York movie audiences.

Nitehawk Cinema is claiming the return of some of their beloved series and film festivals, as well as the debut of a few new ones. The main series includes “Anniversary Party” (showing films on the anniversary of their theatrical release), which will feature the 20th anniversary screening of the film that inspired the series name, “The Anniversary Party”, followed by a question-and-answer session with co-director / star Alan Cumming; “In Case You Missed It 2020” (movies you might have missed during COVID); and “Weekends With Wes” (a brunch trip through the work of Wes Anderson). Many theatrical original series will also be back, including “Live Sound Cinema” (featuring favorite films with a live orchestral soundtrack), “Music Driven” (the latest music-focused feature films and true classics. ), “Spoons, Toons & Booze” (featuring beloved cartoons with an all-you-can-eat cereal bar), “No Budge” (a partnership with the streaming platform, with a focus on emerging filmmakers) and “Future of Film is Female” (a partnership with the association that amplifies the work of all women and non-binary filmmakers).

“It’s both surreal and exciting to be back,” says Woods. “I feel like the time that has passed has given us all a new focus of energy. We will continue to expand the reach of our repertoire programs and live screening events celebrating all the talented and passionate individuals who direct feature and short films as well as music videos and documentaries. We have a lot of great things planned and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

The new programmers bring with them new monthly series, including “Re-Consider This! “, A series that begs the public to” reconsider “films considered” bad “when they are released. Upcoming screenings include “Gothika” (35mm), “Josie and the Pussycats” and “The Family Stone” (35mm). There will also be “Adventures in Black Cinema,” a series coinciding with Thorne’s podcast of the same name. Upcoming tracks include “Tales From the Hood”, “Soul Food” (35mm) and “The Preacher’s Wife” (35mm). There will also be the new series “Nostalgia, ULTRA”, which will feature childhood films from the 80s, 90s and early childhood. These include “The Addams Family”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

To complete the new series, “Nitehawk Diaries”, a series of erotic thrillers which starts with the first work of Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon “Fear”, followed by Antonio Banderas and Rebecca de Mornay in “Never Talk to Strangers” and Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman in “Malice”. Each screening includes a part of “Erotic Thriller Tropes Bingo”. There will also be the “Recent Restorations” series, featuring the animated classic “Son of the White Mare” by Marcell Jankovics in September and “Blood for Dracula” by Paul Morrissey in October.

Film festivals will once again grace the screens of the Nitehawk Theater, with the Williamsburg site hosting the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival October 14-21 and the Prospect Park site hosting NewFest October 16-24. The Nitehawk Shorts Festival is also scheduled to return March 2-6, 2022, with submissions opening Monday.


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