Join Movieline For Special Screening of Professor!
So, to the New York constituency, you know how the weather is supposed to suck on Sunday? And how there's that lag in between the late-afternoon NFL games and the one at night with the horrible broadcasters you always mute until switching over to Mad Men at 10? Well, good news: I have just the indoor activity to help you enjoyably pass that precious rainy-day time! (Don't worry; you can keep your clothes on.)
The wonderful documentary filmmaker Daniel Kraus is bring his latest wonderful documentary Professor to New York City this weekend -- to Brooklyn, specifically, at Union Docs. As noted here in an interview not so long ago, the film follows University of Iowa professor and straight-shooting rabbi Jay Holstein on his stream-of-consciousness train through Judeo-Christian theology, bored freshmen, gun ownership, marriage-rite rationalizing, and more than a few charismatic rants and homilies.
Further refining the technique of his earlier Work Series efforts Sheriff and Musician, Kraus follows Holstein with a tense objectivity, seemingly creeping up on his subject's every breath even when filming slow zooms from way across the street or the back row of a lecture hall.
I can't recommend Kraus or his films enough, and this rare presentation will be a fancy-pants NYC premiere at which Kraus and I will humbly preside with Cinema Purgatorio impresario Ray Privett -- and to which you are invited. Swell people! Q&A! Great movie! Clear your social calendar and/or set your DVR, because babe, we got a date.
When: Sunday, Sept. 26 -- 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Docs -- 322 Union Ave / Brooklyn (venue Web site)
Tickets: Suggested $7 donation
See you there!