“As an artist, I feel that we must try many things—but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad—to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.” ―John Cassavetes
By 1957 John Cassavetes was already making waves in New York’s off-Broadway theater scene as a talented actor with non-conformist instincts.
He began teaching an acting workshop for other like-minded actors seeking an alternative to “the method”—and from this workshop emerged the radically innovative film SHADOWS (1959), now regarded as a cornerstone in the fundament of American New Wave cinema.
For nearly three decades Cassavetes invested in himself, determined to remain free from studio oversight. His unique interpretation of what constituted truth in cinema polarized critics and audiences. His supreme respect for performers and penchant for compelling characters inspired the loyalty of some of his generation’s most memorable faces and finest actors—perhaps the most notable being the consistent presence of his beloved wife, the gifted Gena Rowlands, without whom the Cassavetes canon collapses.
Cassavetes at 90 celebrates one of the leading agents of change in New American Cinema, while recognizing a few of the indelible contributions of the late, great actor Seymour Cassel.
Sat-Sun, May 18-19
Broken-hearted Minnie Moore longs for the kind of love sold at the picture shows. Parking lot attendant Seymour Moskowitz is not her idea of a leading man, but he’s determined to prove he’s the right man for the role.
Sat, May 25 | Wed, May 29
Nick is a neurotic blue collar worker wrestling with his wife Mabel’s mental instability. When he feels her actions are affecting their children, he makes a difficult decision that inadvertently highlights his own unique brand of lunacy.
Sun, May 26 | Thu, May 30
A young woman is killed in an accident trying to meet her favorite actress Myrtle Gordon. Myrtle, already struggling with alcoholism, feels responsible for her death and the ensuing emotional turmoil overwhelms her as the opening night of her play approaches.
Mon, Jun 3
Cassavetes's jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in 50s’ Beat Generation era New York City. Featuring music by Charles Mingus and Shafi Hadi.