< SPECIAL EVENTS
March 20, 2018
The World Premier of a dazzling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect and supervised by the filmmaker.
Spirit of Queens Honoree
The Museum of the Moving Image
Welcome and Introduction by
Sandra Schulberg, Executive Director, IndieCollect
Post screening conversation with the director hosted by
Co-Sponsored by New York Women in Film & Television
Thank You and Goodnight premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991. Amy Taubin, writing for the Village Voice, described the reactions: "Thank You and Goodnight choked up the self-consciously hip professional audience. Total strangers hung around the lobby long after the screening, sharing intensely personal anecdotes about death and dying.”
This wildly inventive, genre-bending film makes use of cardboard cutouts crafted from old photographs and features playful skits that bring to life Oxenberg's own memories of her grandmother.
Named a “Critic's Choice" by the New York Times, and hailed by Quentin Crisp as “remarkable," reviewers around the country also showered it with praise.
IndieCollect is a non-profit organization that saves and restores American independent films so they can be seen in state-of-the-art digital formats. As part of its Queer Cinema Initiative, it will be restoring all the films of Jan Oxenberg. IndieCollect's Queer Cinema Initiative is supported by Gerald Herman and other donors. Its Film Restoration Initiative is supported in part with funds from the Just Film / Ford Foundation, Weissman Family Foundation, and by Amazon Studios. The restoration of Thank You and Goodnight has also received support from the Ravenal Foundation.
- "Like nothing you've ever seen. Laughs and tears collide." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
- "In this highly unusual and effective blend of cinema verite and impish fantasy, Oxenberg has found a way to transform a shattering experience into a work full of solace and humor." -- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
- "Oxenberg is a visual goofball with the anguished soul of an existential philosopher and the dialectical style of a Talmudic scholar." - Ella Taylor, LA Weekly
- "At the end of Jan Oxenberg's remarkable meditation on love, death, mortality and Jewish guilt, you'll feel like you've been through something close to a life-changing experience." -- Ed Guthman, San Francisco Chronicle
NYWIFT advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. Now through June, NYWIFT presents Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Screening Series, a ten-part screening series throughout Queens highlighting stories about immigrant experiences in New York directed and/or produced by women. All events are free and open to the public. To learn more go to www.nywift.org