Indie Companies: Zeitgeist–Films of Our Times–MoMA Celebration

As part of the month-long survey “Zeitgeist: The Films of Our Times,” celebrating the New York distributors 20th anniversary, director Atom Egoyan will be on hand to introduce a screening of his film, Calendar, on Saturday, July 12 at 6pm in MoMA’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters/Theater 2. Following the film, Egoyan will conduct a q&a interview with Zeitgeist founders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo.

To celebrate Zeitgeist Films’ twentieth year of distributing adventurous world cinema, The Museum of Modern Art has been presenting a month-long survey “Zeitgeist: The Films of Our Times” spanning the Gotham-based distributor’s wide range of titles. The series, presented June 26 through July 23 at the Museum of Modern Art, opened with Guy Maddin on hand to introduce his film, Careful, and has included appearances by such filmmakers as Bruce Weber, Yvonne Rainer and Todd Haynes.

Other Zeitgeist highlights still to be screened at MoMA starting this Friday, July 11th include:

Irma Vep: Friday July 11th, 8:15pm and Saturday July 12, 4pm

Calendar: Saturday, July 12th , 6pm and Thursday, July 10th, 8pm

The Films of Brothers Quay: Saturday, July 12th , 8:30pm and Sunday July 13th, 4pm

Aimee and Jaguar: Sunday, July 13th, 6pm and Monday, July 14th, 5:30pm

Lumumba: Wednesday, July 16th, 8pm and Friday, July 18th, 5:30pm

Ballet Russes: Thursday, July 17th, 5:30pm and Saturday, July 19th, 3:30pm

Nowhere in Africa: Thursday, July 17th, 8pm and Friday, July 18th, 8pm

Emily Russo and Nancy Gerstman co-founded Zeitgeist Films in 1988 in an elevator-sized office in Greenwich Village with a budget of $2,000. Today, Co-Presidents Russo and Gerstman run the company out of a Soho loft with eight employees and enough accolades and awards to make larger distributors jealous.

Over the past 20 years our industry has undergone enormous change, and many companies involved in distribution have come and gone, but Zeitgeist has remained, and thrived, state Gerstman and Russo. We are film lovers first and get the same thrill as we did our first day when we see an exciting new film, or a distinctive voice we can introduce to U.S. audiences.