New York on Film: A Thousand and One

When: Thursday, May 9, 2024, 6:30pm

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On a dark couch in a white walled room, Inez holds young Terry
Still "A Thousand and One"

Join us for a screening of A Thousand and One (A. V. Rockwell, 2023, 116 mins) followed by a Q&A with director A.V. Rockwell moderated by film programmer Jessica GreenStruggling but unapologetically living on her own terms, Inez (Teyana Taylor) is moving from shelter to shelter in mid-1990s New York City. With her 6-year-old son Terry in foster care and unable to leave him again, she kidnaps him so they can build their life together. A Thousand and One tells a deeply American story of a mother and son living for each other in a gentrifying Harlem that is uninterested in the reality of their lives. Winner of the top U.S. Dramatic Prize at Sundance 2023.

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at our MCNY Bar!

This screening is the 2020's installment of our year-long series New York on Film: Decade by Decade, programmed by Jessica Green. The series accompanies the Museum's centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture.  

About the speakers:
A.V. Rockwell’s feature film debut, A THOUSAND AND ONE, won the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released theatrically by Focus Features to critical acclaim. Rockwell received the ‘Breakthrough Director’ honor at the Gotham Awards, an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and the film was named ‘Top 10 Independent Films of the Year’ by the National Board of Review. Additionally, Rockwell received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for 'Outstanding Achievement in a First-Time Theatrical Feature Film,' as well as two nominations at the NAACP Image Awards.

Over her career, Rockwell has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and has received fellowships from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation.

Jessica Green is an independent film programmer currently programming film, speaker, and performance series for BAM, the Weeksville Heritage Center, and the Museum of the City of New York. Jessica served as the Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society from 2019-2022, providing artistic leadership for year-round film programming and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston’s largest film festival. She was the Cinema Director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem 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), as well as the former Executive Editor of (2000-2005).

New York on Film is the centennial year edition of the Museum's ongoing Moonlight & Movies series.

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