Volume 77 / Number 47 - April 23 - 29, 2008
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By sarah norris - sarah@thevillager.com


This special screening of Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” is followed by a discussion with Sissy Spacek and executive producer Edward Pressman as they talk about the making of the film, its legacy, and its place in their careers. Malick’s 1973 directorial debut is the tale of two lovers—Kit (Martin Sheen) and Holly (Spacek)—who travel across the Dakotas in the late-1950s, leaving a trail of murders in their wake. With its deadpan narration, unscrupulous protagonists and evocative visual style, the movie launched its stars’ careers and was hailed as an innovative and exciting turn for American filmmaking. April 26 at 1:05 p.m. $15. IFC Center. 323 Sixth Ave. 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com.

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Sissy Spacek with Martin Sheen in Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” (1973)


As part of the Tribeca Film Festival, Breaking the Band is a concert featuring The Hold Steady, The Virgins, The Republic Tigers, and the currently unsigned Bad Veins. Brooklyn-based band The Hold Steady formed while watching “The Last Waltz,” when frontman Craig Finn asked guitarist Tad Kubler, “Dude, why aren’t there any bands like this anymore? Let’s do this from now on.” Also part of the Festival, from April 29-May 2 at the Canal Room, the ASCAP Music Lounge features concerts by Regina Spektor, Nick Lowe, Ingrid Michaelson, and others.

May 2 at 6:30 p.m. $15. Webster Hall. 125 E. 11th St. tribecafilmfestival.org.

© Shore Fire Media The Hold Steady

The Bent Festival is an annual art and music weekend event celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. Artists from across the country perform concerts with homemade or circuit bent instruments, teach workshops to adults and children alike, and create beautiful art installations. The family-friendly festival includes nightly concerts featuring some of the best circuit benders and DIY electronics performers in the world. April 24-26. Each concert is $10, Festival pass is $25. Downtown Community Television Center. 87 Lafayette St. 212-563-6269, bentfestival.org.

Bent Los Angeles 2007 “Intro to Circuit Bending Workshop”
© Daniel Greenfeld


The Apple Store in Soho hosts dozens of free filmmaking events—no reservations required—to coincide with the Festival. Among the actors, writers, directors, and producers speaking about their latest projects are Clive Owen, (4/25 at 6:30 p.m.), Amy Poehler (4/26 at 8 p.m.), director Tony Gilroy (4/26 at 6:30 p.m.), Isabella Rossellini (4/29 at 8 p.m.), and Paul Haggis (5/3 at 6:30 p.m.). Free workshops—also held at the store on West 14th Street—teach participants how to use screenwriting, editing, and graphics programs. April 25-May 4. Free. Apple Store in Soho. 103 Prince St. (212) 226-3126, apple.com/retail/soho/tribeca.

Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash,” which he also directed and produced


Brooklyn writer David Samuels is the author of not one but two new books, simultaneously published by The New Press. Based on an article he wrote for the New Yorker, “The Runner,” tells the true story of James Hogue, a thief and con man who faked his way into Princeton. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is a collection of Samuels’ articles for Harper’s, the New Yorker, and other publications over the last decade. At his first New York book reading, Samuels discusses long form journalism that sheds light on the tragic and comic dissonances of the American dream. April 28 at 7 p.m. Free. McNally Robinson. 52 Prince St. mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com.

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