Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program Professor Bette Gordon's new film, Handsome Harry, a story about male friendship, betrayal and forgiveness, opened Friday, April 16 at the IFC Cinema on 6th Avenue and West 3rd Street in New York. The film is written by Film Professor Nicholas T. Proferes and features an impressive ensemble cast, including Jamey Sheridan (Ice Storm, Syriana), Steve Buscemi (Sopranos), Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger), Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall), Titus Welliver (Deadwood), Karen Young (Sopranos), and Mariann Mayberry (Osage County).
There will be a Q&A with Gordon and Campbell Scott on Friday, April 23 after the 7:50 p.m. screening.
In conjunction with the release of Handsome Harry, the IFC will present a mini retrospective of Gordon's work. Luminous Motion (2000), a mother/son road movie reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde, starring Deborah Kara Unger (The Game), Jamey Sheridan and Terry Kinney (Oz), screened Monday, April 12 at 7 pm.
Gordon's cult classic Variety, about a woman who sells tickets at a pornographic movie theatre and becomes obsessed with following a male client, screened Thursday, April 15 at 7 pm. The film features a cast including Sandy McLeod, Luis Guzman, Will Patton and Nan Goldin; cinematography by Tom DiCillo; and a score by John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards. There was a panel Q&A after the screening with cast, crew, and other downtown New York filmmakers. Variety remains a signal work of the early American indie movement.