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NOIR CITY: Detroit

Tickets Now on Sale for NOIR CITY Detroit

NOIR CITY Detroit returns to its home at the Redford Theatre September 22-24 with host FNF prez Eddie Muller. The festival comprises three double features of classic noirs. The festival kicks off on Friday night with a Jacques Tourneur double feature of Out of the Past (1947) and Nightfall (1957). Saturday night brings a double dose of psychotic violence, Joseph H. Lewis' Gun Crazy (1950) and Cy Endfield's Try and Get Me! (1950)—the latter a 35mm restoration funded by the FNF. Sunday wraps the festival with two star studded noirs, John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Cry Danger (1951)—the second is another FNF funded restoration.

The festival's $25 All Movie Pass grants access to all of the movies plus entry to an exclusive reception and Q&A with Muller on Saturday, September 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., prior to the evening screening. Tickets are available for sale on the Redford Theatre's website.


NOIR CITY Detroit:  September 22-24
NOIR CITY D.C.:  October 14-26
NOIR CITY Xmas: Wed., December 20
NOIR CITY SF: January 26-February. 4, 2018

The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce we will be partnering with the legendary Brattle Theatre repertory cinema to present the first-ever NOIR CITY: Boston, June 8-10, 2018. The Bratle, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, has been "Boston's Unofficial Film School" since 1953. In addition to in-depth thematic repertory programming, the theatre also screens first-run films and new releases of classic films. FNF founder and president Eddie Muller will host all ten films during the three-day festival. Programming for NOIR CITY Boston to be announced in Spring 2018. See you next year, Boston!

NOIR CITY San Francisco

NOIR CITY returns to its home at the historic Castro Theatre, January 26 - February 4, 2018, for its 16th edition. The 2018 film festival will focus on films noirs from the years 1941-1953. The theme, schedule and final poster for NOIR CITY 16 will be unveiled at NOIR CITY Xmas on December 20 at the Castro. You will be able to pick up passports (full series passes) for the festival that night at the theatre along with official Film Noir Foundation merchandise. Passports and individual tickets will also go on sale that night at the NOIR CITY festival website.

Stephen Frears Honored by FNF at the American Cinematheque

Noir Film Festival in Krivoklat

American Cinematheque Members-Only Screening! Wednesday, September 20, at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, director Stephen Frears will be presented with the Film Noir Foundation's first Modern Master Award by FNF prez Eddie Muller following the premiere of Frears' new film Victoria and Abdul. A Q&A between Frears and Muller will be capped off by a screening of the English director's 1990 noir classic The Grifters.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an invitation-only event for American Cinematheque members and is not available to the general public. American Cinematheque members receiving invitations must RSVP.

FNF Modern Master Award: Late in 2016, the Film Noir Foundation created its "Modern Master" award -- annual recognition of an individual in filmmaking whose work extends the thematic and artistic traditions of classic noir. We selected director Stephen Frears as our first recipient because his films display an appreciation and respect for noir, while extending noir traditions in fresh and unexpected directions. As Eddie Muller commented, "Through these exemplary titles–Gumshoe (1971), The Hit (1984), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Grifters (1990), and Dirty Pretty Things (2002)–Mr. Frears has shown an empathetic sensibility as well as an exceptional skill in telling noir-stained stories." The FNF is proud to name Stephen Frears as our first "Modern Master."

FNF Receives $25K Grant from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for 2017

[Celebrity Sighting – Film Noir Foundation's Daryl Sparks (right) and Brian Light (left) with Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk at HFPA's grant awards dinner, August 2, 2017, Beverly Hilton Hotel/Los Angeles.]

For the fifth consecutive year, the Film Noir Foundation is a grant recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust. This year's $25,000 grant, along with 2016's endowment, will be used to help fund a specific film restoration project the FNF hopes to premiere in 2018.

HFPA's mission is to foster education, diversity, and creative expression in art and film through a variety of programs and special grants. For more than 25 years, the HFPA Charitable Trust has committed nearly $30 million in grants, provided more than 1,500 scholarships, and helped restore over 90 films – including three completed FNF restorations.

This year's grants banquet was held Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel with FNF promotional director and grants manager Daryl Sparks in attendance. Also representing the FNF was NOIR CITY e-mag contributing writer Brian Light. The evening's festivities were hosted by Chelsea Handler with highlighted award presentations by various Hollywood celebrities including Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Mackie, Mark Hamill, Katherine Hahn, Chrissy Metz, Chadwick Boseman, Alison Brie, Patrick Stewart, Elisabeth Moss, and Bob Odenkirk.

The Czar of Noir on TCM

NOIR ALLEY on TCM every Sunday

Since March 5, FNF president Eddie Muller a.k.a. "The Czar of Noir" has been hosting a weekly program titled Noir Alley, airing every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT on Turner Classic Movies. Muller programs and introduces a different classic noir each week. At the end of the screening, Muller returns for an outro, often answering viewer questions about the genre or a specific film. As with the FNF's NOIR CITY festivals, the program is aimed at both "noiristas" (Muller's nickname for noir devotees) and noir novices. Muller eschews the snobbery about classic films he often experienced at the repertory cinemas of his youth; "I don't want to be an aficionado. I want to be accessible." Muller is delighted with the latitude he's been given by TCM to program what he calls a "48-day film festival." (The current schedule runs through the end of January 2018. Noir Alley took a hiatus for the month of August for their annual "Summer under the Stars").

Muller is also enthusiastic about the role TCM plays in introducing viewers to the world of classic films and believes the loyalty the network instills in its audience will also lead into a passion for saving films. "TCM is the gatekeeper for American cinema history. I grew up around San Francisco going to theaters seeing these films. Now, you mostly see them on TCM… and to be part of that is an honor. And it can only be good for the fortunes of the FNF." Check out the official Noir Alley website for the schedule through January 2018, Muller's Noir 101 and a video archive of selected Noir Alley intros, outros and promos.

From the Collection of
Eddie Muller

Belgian NoirThe WORLD OF FILM NOIR was created in black and white, but its intrigue and passion was sold worldwide by movie posters -- in vivid color -- that enticed audiences into this sinister and sensual demimonde. Nowhere on earth was the come-on more colorful than in Belgium, where the nation's standardly sized posters (a mere 14" x 22") virtually exploded with the danger and desire at the heart of cinema's most alluring and durable genre. Small posters from a small country--but packed with more lust and larceny than Hollywood would dare.

NOW, EXCLUSIVELY FROM BLACK POOL PRODUCTIONS—Eddie Muller, "The Czar of Noir," presents 24 glorious Belgian cinema posters from his personal collection, reproduced as 5-1/4" x 7" cards, each complete with his terse and tangy commentary highlighting what made these films—and this artwork--so magical and memorable. $20 + tax/shipping at

Don't Print the Legend

Gun Crazy - Eddie MullerGun Crazy caused barely a ripple in public consciousness when it hit movie screens in 1950. Yet over time it would prove to be the most innovative and provocative motion picture of its era—a simple genre film, but packed with so much cinematic bravura and timeless symbolism, its power has spanned decades, crossed oceans, and influenced countless filmmakers.

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Gaslight and Gaslighting at the AFI Silver

Please join us Sunday, October 8, at 12:30 p.m.for a screening of George Cukor's Gaslight (1944) at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD in honor of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this Academy Award winning Victorian noir, a new bride (Ingrid Bergman) begins to question her sanity after she returns to her childhood home where her aunt was murdered years earlier. She is unaware that her seemingly charming and attentive husband (Charles Boyer) is cleverly manipulating her sense of reality to fulfill his own aims. Gaslight will be introduced by film historian, Imogen Sara Smith, and will be followed by a 45-minute discussion panel. We will be discussing and demystifying the concept of "gaslighting," a form of emotional abuse where manipulation is used to make someone feel like they are losing their sense of reality.

The panel will comprise Kathleen Buhle Biden, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Paula Lucas, author of Harvesting Stones - An American Woman's International Journey of Survival writer and film historian Imogen Sara Smith, Dominic Goodall, Project Coordinator, House of Ruth Maryland Training Institute and Nadia Hashimi, pediatrician and author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. For full information on and tickets for this event, visit the AFI website.

This event is a collaborative project brought to you by local, national, and international non-profits: Aha! Moment, Pathways to Safety International, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Family Services, Inc., and the Film Noir Foundation.

Film Noir Series at SAM Blends Classics and Neo-Noir

The Seattle Art Museum kicks of its 40th annual film noir series on September 28 with a screening of Howard Hawk's The Big Sleep (1946) and an opening night party featuring Top Pot Doughnuts. This year's series Here Comes the Night screens every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. through December 7, excluding Thanksgiving. The series includes two vintage noirs starring Richard Widmark: Henry Hathaway's Kiss of Death (1947) and Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953). Other classic noirs playing this year include Robert Siodmak's The File on Thelma Jordan (1950) with noir goddess Barbara Stanwyck and Jerry Hopper's The Naked Alibi (1954) featuring two noir icons, Gloria Grahame and Sterling Hayden. This year's programming also includes Roman Polanski's neo-noir Chinatown (1974) and the hybrid black comedy/neo-noir Pretty Poison (1968), directed by Noel Black. Series passes and film notes are available on the SAM website. A limited number of single-film tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis day of, beginning at 7:25 p.m.

I Wake Up Dreaming Returns to SF

I Wake Up Dreaming

Former Bay Area programmer Elliot Lavine returns to San Francisco's Castro Theatre every Monday in October to present I WAKE UP DREAMING 2017: SLEEP NO MORE. This year's series features pristine 35mm studio archive prints of all 11 nightmarish noirs. The programming ranges greatly in style and time frame from the opening film, Robert Siodmak's quintessential classic noir Phantom Lady (1944) to the closing film, John Frankenheimer's late era paranoid political noir The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Along the way the series will feature several hybrid noirs including Anatole Litvak's musical noir Blues in the Night (1941); the supernatural noir The Amazing Mr. X (1948) directed by Bernard Vorhaus and shot by John Alton; and Don Siegel's sci-fi noir Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). For more on the festival, visit the I WAKE UP DREAMING Facebook page. Portland Dreaming fans, Lavine is planning on bringing 18 noirs to the Cinema 21 Friday, October 27— Thursday, November 2. Check the Facebook page for more details.

Film Noir Looms Large This Fall at NCMA

NCMAThe North Carolina Museum of Art has announced a new ongoing series called NCMA ArtHouse. The mostly monthly screenings are curated and introduced by John Munson, who for 25 years was program manager for the Rialto, Raleigh's oldest art house cinema. The series highlights the latest in critically acclaimed independent, international, and documentary features. Other screenings are chosen and introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes, who brings some classic film noir to the fall lineup. The noirs in the series include Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946) starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant; David Miller's Sudden Fear (1952) in which Joan Crawford faces off against Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame; and the newly restored Panique (1947), directed by Julien Duvivier and based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Full series information can be found on the NCMA's website.

Apply Now - Jewish Film Institute Filmmaker Residency

Jewish Film Institute Filmimaker ResidencyCalling all media makers! Applications are open for the Jewish Film Institute's 2018 Filmmaker Residency, which includes office space and production resources at San Francisco's Ninth Street Independent Film Center and year-long consultation and support services with JFI staff. Works that explore new and meaningful connections to Jewish themes, culture or identity in all stages of production and in all media formats are being considered. Apply here by September 30.

New Episode of NOIR TALK
Special Guest: Jake Hinkson

NoirTalk podcastIn the new episode of NOIR TALK, Jake Hinkson joins host and producer Haggai Elitzur to discuss his articles about film noir and his other writing as well as the joys of attending NOIR CITY and of meeting fans of his writing. They also chat about the upcoming NOIR CITY Chicago festival, featuring a special anniversary screening of L.A. Confidential with author James Ellroy in person, plus some other hard-hitting heist films. The pair also discuss how Jake got started writing for the FNF's NOIR CITY e-magazine and his profiles for the e-mag that focused on lesser-known actors with sad stories off-screen as well as B-movie queen Beverly Michaels who bucked that trend. You can listen either on SoundCloud or on iTunes. Mobile users on Android can subscribe to the podcast using the RSS feed.

Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood Visits Sacramento

Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950 will make its final stop on its national tour at Sacramento's California Museum on May 16—Oct 15. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the exhibit explores how the experiences of German-speaking exiles—many of them Jewish—shaped the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age.

When the Nazis banned Jews from the German film industry in 1933, it launched an exodus of Europe's top talent. Over 800 movie professionals arrived in Los Angeles over the next fifteen years. Among them were directors Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak and actors Marlene Dietrich, Paul Henreid, and Peter Lorre. The exhibit features over 60 portraits of these émigrés who made significant contributions to Hollywood filmmaking and the development of film noir in particular. The film noir section of the exhibit includes production stills and an original costume worn by Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945). In addition, original posters, storyboards, production stills and more from Scarlet Street (1945), directed by Fritz Lang; The Killers (1946), directed by Robert Siodmak; and Double Indemnity (1944) and Sunset Boulevard (1950), both directed by Billy Wilder, are included. For more information and related programming, visit the California Museum website.


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