Fall 2018

Upcoming Events

Saturday September 15, 2018, 12:00PM


Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027


2001 / 95 min

Director: Tanya Wexler / Screenwriter: Matthew Swan

Cast:  Jonathan Tucker, David Straithairn, Jennifer Tilly, Dan Moran, Ethan Embry

DCP courtesy of Ira Deutchman


17-year-old J.J. (Jonathan Tucker) is home after doing six months in rehab. But now he’s afraid that his family and friends might not want him to get sober… and some might not even want him to be alive. Never theatrically released in the US, the darkly comic Ball in the House (retitled Relative Evil for DVD) is what director Tanya Wexler ’95, a graduate of the Columbia University film program, called “the ultimate tough love movie.” The cast includes David Straithairn, Jennifer Tilly, and Ethan Embry. (Ira Deutchman produced the movie.)


This screening is part of NY Indie Guy: Ira Deutchman and the Rise of Independent Film


On September 14-16 and September 20-23, 2018, Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts will host a retrospective exhibit honoring the career of Film Professor and Producing Concentration Supervisor Ira Deutchman. Since 1975, Deutchman has been a leader in distributing, marketing, and producing American independent films, international films, and arthouse films. He is perhaps best known for founding and running the distribution companies Cinecom, Fine Line Features, and Emerging Pictures. Deutchman has taught at Columbia since 1987.  


This retrospective will screen essential motion pictures from various points in Deutchman’s career, such as The Brother From Another PlanetDivaHarlan County USA; sex, lies, & videotapeSwoon; and A Woman Under the Influence. Many showings will feature Q&A talkbacks with filmmakers or performers. The celebration will also include panel discussions and an extensive exhibit covering Deutchman’s impact on cinema.  


All screenings and panels will take place in the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129th St., New York.  All films will be accompanied by either an introduction or a Q&A session.


Tickets:  $12 General Admission / $10 Seniors (65 and older) / $8 Students

Package:  $40 for five films

Advance ticket sales available online only

Day-of-screening ticket sales available on-site, pending availability

All panels are ticketed, but free of charge

There will be a student rush line for all events




The Art House Convergence

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

The Film & Media Studies Program, Columbia University School of the Arts

The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University

The University of Michigan Library