Arthouse films dominate Chelsea

Allison Schulnik's "Eager" is an eight-minute claymation film now showing in Manhattan's artsy gallery nabe, Chelsea. Credit: Provided
Allison Schulnik’s “Eager” is an eight-minute claymation film now showing in Manhattan’s artsy gallery nabe, Chelsea.
Credit: Provided

Branch out from your limited Netflix repertoire and those Oscar-buzz blockbusters to experimental films in Chelsea:

“Platonov, or The Disinherited” at The Kitchen

Performance and film collide in Jay Scheib’s “Platonov, or The Disinherited,” a live performance with video footage simulcast on a large screen above the stage. An adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first full-length play, this story is about vices in dizzying proportions: Boozing debauchery, incessant adultery, intoxication, nudity and reckless violence fuel rifts between a group of down-and-out Russian gentry. This provocative performance’s video footage (“The Disinherited”) is also being broadcast at AMC Empire 25 and Brooklyn Academy of Music, so you can enjoy some popcorn as the shocking solipsism unfolds.

“Luanda-Kinshasa” at David Zwirner

Stan Douglas’ “Luanda-Kinshasa” is a rock-mockumentary of a 1970s jam band studio session set in a reconstruction of the legendary Midtown Columbia 30th Street Studio “The Church,” where recording legends like Miles Davis and Bob Dylan made timeless records. In the film, contemporary musicians portray Afro-centric musicians playing an accoutrement of instruments to lay down funkadelic tracks. Douglas’ video is six hours long, so prepare to rock out to this marathon viewing party.

“Eager” at ZieherSmith 

Allison Schulnik’s “Eager” is a premier stop-motion claymation experience where haunting, abstract imagery and anthropomorphic forms transmogrify and shapeshift throughout the eight-minute film against music accompaniment by Aaron M. Olson. The experience is an orchestrated dance between image and sound — an enjoyable journey into an imaginative abyss. 

“Platonov, or The Disinherited”
Through Jan. 28
The Kitchen 
512 W. 19th St.
General admission $25

Through Feb. 22
David Zwirner
533 W. 19th St.
Free Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Feb. 22
516 W. 20th St.
Free Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


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