Past Event: Moonlight & Movies | Born in Flames

When: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6:30pm

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Movie poster for "Born in Flames." A woman is staring at the camera with her hands crossed.
@First Run Features

Celebrate Women's History Month at MCNY's screening of Born in Flames (1983, 80 mins.), Lizzie Borden's radical feminist indie film set in New York City ten years after a social democratic cultural revolution; this recent piece on NPR's "All Things Considered" described Born in Flames as "an entertaining, energetic mélange of punk and science fiction, set in the not-too-distant future (which is to say, around now)."

The film will be introduced in person by Al Santana, one of its cinematographers, and Jessica Green, Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society.

Event Timeline:
6:00 pm - Doors open, drinks and popcorn available for purchase
6:30 pm - Introduction by Al Santana and Jessica Green
6:55 pm - Film begins  
8:15 pm - Film concludes  

About the Speakers: 
Jessica Green is the Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society and Houston Cinema Arts Festival. She is also an independent curator, currently working on projects with the Weeksville Heritage Center and the Museum of the Moving Image. She was the Cinema Director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, founded by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, from 2008-2018.  Jessica is also a former founder, owner and Editor-In-Chief of the New York based, independent Hip-Hop magazine Stress (1994-2001), which was the first magazine to put Jay-Z on the cover, as well as the former Executive Editor of (2000-2005). Green has an undergraduate degree from Lang College at the New School for Social Research in Black Studies and Writing and Literature. She was born and raised in New York City, and her father Ernest Green, is one of the Little Rock 9.

Al Santana is a visual artist, independent filmmaker, cinematographer, and still photographer. His credits over the past 40 years include work on numerous award-winning documentaries, public affairs films and videos that have aired on both network and public television. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from CUNY in Sociology and Film, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in digital cinema from National University. His documentary film credits include: Voices of The Gods 1985, in the permanent collection of the NYC Public Library’s Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture Durban 400, 2003, Making the case for Black Reparations Salty Dog Blues 2012, Merchant Marines of color and The National Maritime Union. 1st. Prize in the 2013 Workers Unite Film Festival.

About Born in Flames: 
The movie that rocked the foundations of the early Indie film world, this provocative, thrilling classic is a fantasy of female rebellion set in America ten years after a social democratic cultural revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women – across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference – emerges to blow the System apart.

Watch the Trailer:

Event Logistics (subject to changed based on NYC regulations):

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the event (everyone over the age of 5). Excelsior Pass is accepted for those who were vaccinated in NYS. 
  • Masks will be required.
  • Please note that no exhibitions at the Museum will be open for viewing, but we invite you to come back during our regular hours to check out what's on view.
  • For more information about the Museum’s COVID Guidelines, please check our "Plan Your Visit" page.
  • Please contact with any questions or ticketing issues.
  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. The Museum of the City of New York reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers and/or those who do not provide requested Covid-19 documentation. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

*Please note this Moonlight & Movies screening is replacing the originally planned screening of What Happened, Miss Simone?


Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

This program is presented in partnership with Women Make Movies.


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