Three times a year, comedians and comedy writers gather before a live, drunk audience to showcase 5-minute film shorts. SPOILER, a film project run by a creative bunch of rowdy, young filmmakers and emerging comics, feels more like a party than it does a festival. This SPOILER's theme is "Action" and features standup by Slovin & Allen (SNL writers) and Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central's Stella), films by Aziz Ansari (Comedian, Filmmaker), Late Night Ritalin, The Wicked Wicked Hammerkatz & more as well Mr. Move as a musical guest. Tonight April 18th @ 8pm at the Knitting Factory [74 Leonard Street], ADV $5, Door $7
Also tonight, BAM Cinema Classics shows a special screening of Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, a documentary on the famous 1960's boxer who killed a rival in the ring on live TV (after the fighter intimated that Griffith was gay), followed by a Q&A with the director and moderated by Bloomberg News’ Allyson Slater. On Tuesday, April 19th @ 7pm, BAM shows Mike Nichols' Catch 22 followed by a Q&A with screenwriter/actor Buck Henry.
The third annual Brooklyn Underground Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday April 20th and will showcase over 100 films from 12 countries including I, Curmudeon with Fran Lebowitz & Andy Rooney as well as Indiana Jones: The Adaptation. Brooklyn Lyceum [227 4th Ave @ Union St, Park Slope] $8.
In the on-going Guest Curator series at Anthology Film Archives, comedian and so called "Lower East Side patriot" David Cross selects and introduces his favorite films. This Thursday, April 21st, David selects the subtitled TOGETHER/TILLSAMMANS, which he describes as "the Sweden of my youth. No movie captures what it was like for me to spend time in a house full of misguided hippies in an ill-advised attempt at the 'commune' life." [32 Second Ave @ 2nd St], $8
Also on Thursday @ 7pm, Clearview Chelsea's Chelsea Classics revives the 1971 coming-of-age saga The Last Picture Show. [260 W 23rd Street]