Film Forum began in 1970 as an alternative screening space for independent films, with 50 folding chairs, one projector and a $19,000 annual budget. Karen Cooper became director in 1972 and under her leadership, Film Forum moved downtown to the Vandam Theater in 1975. In 1980, Cooper led the construction of a twin cinema on Watts Street. In 1989, when the Watts Street cinema was demolished by developers, Film Forum’s current Houston Street cinema was built at a cost of $3.2 million. Today, Film Forum is a 3-screen cinema open 365 days a year.
MR. X: A VISION OF LEOS CARAX
(2014, Tessa Louise-Salomé) “Is Leos Carax your real name or an assumed one?” “It’s a real assumed name.” “What’s your opinion of Carax?” “I wish him courage…” – Godard. “He’s the most undefinable man I know.” – Juliette Binoche. Born Alexandre Dupont, Carax, despite having made only one film in the 21 years between Les Amants du Pont Neuf and Holy Motors, remains France’s flamboyant enfant terrible and the most romantic of filmmakers, creating in many ways, in himself, a second New Wave, adding to the legends of the artist maudit. Louise-Salomé’s documentary portrait features clips, outtakes, stills (with Carax voice-overs); interviews with Juliette Binoche, Michel Piccoli, and favorite actor/alter ego Denis Lavant, even Kylie Minogue; critics Kent Jones and Richard Brody; directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Harmony Korine; but even more, via her own startling use of camera and editing, the flavor of a Carax film itself.