The free film festival that highlights SVA talent
SVA Theatre’s annual After School Special returns next week with another terrific slate of entertaining and diverse programming. Featuring some of SVA’s most accomplished film, television, animation and visual effects alumni, this free, multi-day festival will include premieres of new work and behind-the-scenes looks at film and television hits and classics—not to mention exclusive Q&As with industry insiders following each screening.
After School Special runs from Wednesday, September 18 until Sunday, September 22, with can’t-miss events for all types of moviegoers taking place each day. Mark your calendar with this year’s fantastic lineup, detailed below.
Wednesday, September 18
7:00pm | Springsteen on Broadway (2018)
Emmy Award-winning director Thom Zimny (BFA 1990 Film and Video) will be on hand for a screening of his Emmy-nominated Netflix special. Though Bruce will not be in attendance, his presence will surely be felt as we watch him perform his sold-out, critically-lauded Broadway show on the big screen. Feel free to sing along! RSVP here.
Thursday, September 19
7:30pm | A Little Wisdom (2017)
This award-winning documentary follows a five-year-old Tibetan novice monk as he endures the rigors of monastic life and finds happiness through a simple life and the power of imagination. Director/producer Yuqi Kang, co-cinematographer Paola Ochoa and co-producer/co-cinematographer Amitabh Joshi (all graduates of SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Film program) will join us for a Q&A following the film. Preceded by the TED-Ed short film What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee? by Biljana Labovic (BFA 2001 Animation). RSVP here.
Friday, September 20
8:00pm | SVA Premieres: Best of 2019
SVA will spotlight exceptional live-action, documentary and animated shorts by its most recent graduates from 10 different academic departments, including films nominated for Student Academy Awards. RSVP here.
Saturday, September 21
2:00pm | Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) in 3D
Join animators/artists Michael Altman, Nicholas Manfredi and Brett Taggart (all alumni from SVA’s BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects program) for a screening and an inside look at Disney Animation’s hit sequel about that lovable lug with a big heart. Preceded by the animated short Happy Birthday Ada created by several SVA alumni, including producer Susan Godfrey (BFA 2006 Animation). RSVP here.
8:00pm | Sword of Trust (2019)
This new laugh-out-loud comedy directed by Lynn Shelton (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media) and starring Marc Maron and Michaela Watkins has become a festival favorite. Join production designer John Lavin (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) as he discusses the fifth feature film he has made with Shelton. Preceded by the short film June, starring Tovah Feldshuh, by director Jennifer Kachler (BFA 2009 Film and Video). RSVP here.
11:59pm | Halloween (2018)
Michael Myers is back in this box-office smash! See it as it’s meant to be seen—at midnight—with cinematographer Michael Simmonds (BFA 2000 Film and Video), storyboard artist Warren Drummond (BFA 1984 Media Arts) and co-producer Ryan Turek (BFA 1998 Film and Video) of Blumhouse Productions. RSVP here.
Sunday, September 22
3:00pm | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) in 3D
See this Academy Award-winning animated film again on the big screen, followed by a Q&A with three of the film’s animators/visual effects artists: Benjamin Aguillon (MFA 2004 Computer Art), Chris Hung (BFA 2001 Computer Art) and Lisa Suzuki (MFA 1998 Computer Art). Preceded by the animated short The Road Not Taken by Ellen Su (BFA 2013 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects). RSVP here.
8:00pm | The 71st Annual Emmy Awards
Come watch the show, broadcast via FOX, live on the big screen and root on SVA alumni nominees and their nominated shows. RSVP here.
All events are free and open to the public and take place at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each screening, and guests can enjoy augmented and virtual reality and music video experiences in the lobby while waiting to enter. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVPs via the Eventbrite pages are appreciated, but not necessary, and do not guarantee entrance. SVA Theatre does not offer concessions, but a limited amount of free popcorn, water, and snacks will be offered at select screenings. You’re welcome to bring food and drink (no alcohol or glass bottles) into SVA Theatre.