Fall 2018

Past Events

September 22, 2018


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


1986 / 90 min

Director & Screenwriter: Bill Sherwood

Cast: Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Kinney

35mm | Courtesy of First Fun Features

35mm restored print courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project

Film introduced by Columbia Film professor Ron Gregg.


Tragically, the gifted Bill Sherwood only wrote and directed one film — this one. Parting Glances was the first feature film to deal with the AIDS crisis, which would soon claim the director’s life; but as Scott MacDonald wrote in The A.V. Club, “the tone of the movie couldn’t be further from Longtime CompanionPhiladelphia, or the many other earnest AIDS pictures that followed. It is, more than anything, a party movie, with a sprawling cast of characters, a fresh scene to explore, some classic Bronski Beat tunes, and an infectious eagerness to fit as much life as it can into its 24-hour time frame.” Although the film is nominally about a gay New York couple, Michael and Robert, its center of gravity is the young Steve Buscemi as Michael’s ex-boyfriend Nick, an acid-tongued rock star with AIDS who rages against the dying of the light. (Ira Deutchman distributed the movie while at Cinecom.)


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 screenings*




The Art House Convergence

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

Film and Media Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts

The Society of Fellows and 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


*FREE CU Student Rush for students with a current CUID: A Student Rush Line will form 30 minutes prior to each screening in the Lenfest lobby, and valid student CUID holders will be admitted beginning 10 minutes prior to each screening, pending availability. The number of available student rush seats will vary for each screening and are not guaranteed. To secure a guaranteed seat for any screening, discounted $8 student tickets are available in advance.