Transmissions

January 2020

Single Take: Lynne Sachs on Jean-Luc Godard
01/23

Having just completed her new film, the director reflects on the decades-long impact Godard has had on her creative process, recalling first-time viewings of Vivre Sa Vie, Notre Musique, and others.

September 2019

Single Take: Patrick Wang on “A Borrowed Life”
09/19

The director of A Bread Factory describes watching what would become his favorite film, Wu Nien-jen’s A Borrowed Life, at the Musuem of the Moving Image in Queens, and the conversation it inspired with fellow filmgoers on the subway ride home.

January 2019

Single Take: Dane Komljen on “My Own Private Idaho”
01/08

The director of All the Cities of the North recalls watching Gus Van Sant's beguiling drama as a young boy, on a borrowed VHS tape, while his country was descending into war.

October 2018

Single Take: Antonio Mendez Esparza on “The Earrings of Madame De…”
10/23

The award-winning director of Life and Nothing More remembers watching Max Ophul's haunting masterwork in Andrew Sarris' film class.

June 2018

Single Take: João Dumans on the short films of Jem Cohen
06/05

The co-director of Araby recounts the magic atmosphere that surrounded the screening of Jem Cohen's short films at the Belo Horizonte Short Film Festival in Brazil.

Single Take: Affonso Uchôa on “Yaaba”
06/05

The co-director of Araby recalls a particularly transformative moment for him and his non-professional cast while watching Idriss Ouédraogo's Yaaba at a theater in Belo Horizonte.

March 2018

Single Take: Sadaf Foroughi on “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
03/31

The writer-director of the upcoming Ava recalls watching a banned copy of the Mike Nichols drama as a young girl during the Iran-Iraq war.

October 2017

Single Take: Kleber Mendonça Filho on “Prince of Darkness”
10/13

The director of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius on discovering a John Carpenter classic at the Art-Palacio cinema, an old movie palace in Recife.

September 2017

Single Take: Wheeler Winston Dixon on “Four Nights of a Dreamer”
09/25

The author of "A Short History of Film" shares his love of a lesser-seen Bresson masterpiece he first watched at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

October 2016

Single Take: Charlie Lyne on “Love and Other Drugs”
10/27

The director of Fear Itself on how the Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway starrer he saw one rainy afternoon at the Ritzy Theatre in Brixton changed his relationship to cinema.