By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Film Society Of Lincoln Center Now Says “Film Lives Everywhere”

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER DEBUTS FILM LIVES EVERYWHERE, A NEW INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE GLOBAL FILM COMMUNITY

 
Participants include Ava DuVernay, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Olivier Assayas, Agnès Varda, Guy Maddin, and more

“I don’t want to be a filmmaker making movies in a scary and dangerous world. I want to be a filmmaker who makes movies about human beings in an environment where they are protected—where they are free to be themselves.”
—Olivier Assayas

“I belong to another country, which is called cinema. In this country anyone coming from any country can live and dream and create.”
—Arnaud Desplechin

“I am not alone in my fervent, passionate love of film. There is a tribe out there of other people who believe in it and hold it as dear as I do, and know that it can be what connects us more than what divides us.”
—Ava DuVernay

“Film can be honest, beautiful, life-altering. It can and should dissolve borders.”
—Guy Maddin

“Since cinema is a universal language, there should be a real universal agreement to have the cinema travel with the people that make it.”
—Agnès Varda

“You [Film Society] continue to welcome different voices and this platform makes us realize that we speak one language, which is cinema. And we evolve it together and in turn, it evolves us to see beyond borders, and that’s what we should strive for everyday.”
—Apichatpong Weerasethakul

New York, NY  – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Film Lives Everywhere, a new initiative in support of the global film community, launching today at the 44th Chaplin Award Gala.

More than ever, the Film Society recognizes the importance of the international community on the work we do. We have always taken pride in welcoming filmmakers from all over the world, and we will continue to do so as long as the organization exists. To show our appreciation for the diverse array of filmmakers we work with, and to communicate to the world the importance of our mission, we invited artists who have presented their films to our audiences to share videos expressing their support of this global community. The results included filmmakers from Thailand (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), France (Agnès Varda, Olivier Assayas, Bertrand Bonello, Arnaud Desplechin), Canada (Guy Maddin), Argentina (Lisandro Alonso), the U.S. (Ava DuVernay), and more.

Our first phase of this project features a short video compiling clips from many of these entries, which will premiere at tonight’s 44th Chaplin Gala, in honor of Robert De Niro. As we continue to expand the initiative and foster conversations around this essential global community, we will update filmlinc.org/everywhere with new filmmaker videos, information about free community events and screenings, and ways that audiences around the world can get involved to support the arts and embrace cinema.

The Film Society’s tagline has long been Film Lives Here, but it’s becoming increasingly important to remember that Film Lives Everywhere.

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from The New York Times, Shutterstock, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

 

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Feature films are suffering a kind of bad time right now, in my opinion, because the feature films that play in theaters are blockbusters. That seems to fill the theaters, but the art-house cinema is gone. If I made a feature film, it might play in L.A. and New York, a couple of other places, for a week in a little part of a cineplex, and then it would go who knows where. I built this to be on the big screen. It will be on a smaller screen, but it’s built for the big screen. You want a feature film to play on a big screen with big sound, and utilize all the best technology to make a world. It’s really tough after all that work to not get it in the theater. So I say that cable television is a new art house, and it’s good that it’s here.”
~ David Lynch

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~ Isabelle Huppert