By the Time It Gets Dark (2016)
Anocha Suwichakornpong '06

Columbia Affiliates Featured at Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films Festival

March 15, 2017

Four Columbia Affiliates’ films will be featured at the Lincoln Center’s New Directors/ New Films Festival, which runs from March 15–29. Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. New Directors/New Films is presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and is dedicated to the discovery of emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent.


Adjunct Professor Eliza Hittman’s, Beach Rats, is the festival’s centerpiece selection. This film is a follow-up to her acclaimed debut, It Felt Like Love, and it follows the story of Frankie (a breakout Harris Dickinson), a bored teenager living in South Brooklyn, through his sexual awakening. Frankie regularly haunts the Coney Island boardwalk with his boys—trying to score weed, flirting with girls, killing time—and spends his late nights dipping his toes into the world of online cruising, connecting with older men and exploring the desires he harbors but doesn’t yet fully understand.


Alum Ming-Kai Leung ‘06 was the cinematographer for By the Time It Gets Dark, which is having its U.S. premiere at the festival. It is the mysterious second feature by Thai director and fellow Film alum Anocha Suwichakornpong '06, and tells the story of a young film director researching a project about the 1976 massacre of Thai student activists at Thamassat University, just the beginning of a shape-shifting work of fictions within fictions, featuring characters with multiple identities.


Film Studies alum Ricky D'Ambrose ‘12 has a short film premiering at the festival. Spiral Jetty tells the story of a young archivist who is hired to whitewash a late psychotherapist’s legacy. It is exquisitely crafted , imbued with an arch, conspiratorial air and told at a perfectionist’s pace.   


Current student Dea Kulumbegashvili’s short film Lethe also has its U.S. premiere at the festival. It’s about a lonely horseman who wanders past the river of forgetfulness and through a rural Georgian village where both children and adults explore life’s more instinctual pleasures.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 2 at noon. MoMA and Film Society members receive an early access purchasing period starting on Monday, February 27 at noon. For more information,