I have to admit, I didn’t get to see Coraline (the movie) when it was playing –mainly because I cover so much theatre that I just don’t get a chance to get out to the movies as much as I used to [I unfortunately missed MCC Theater's production of Coraline the Musical as well. Sheesh!]. But apparently the movie’s director Henry Selick wants to change all that — because he’s hitting the pavement in November and seems to be making the rounds specifically for me with not one but TWO different events aimed for the type of person who doesn’t just like to see a movie, but likes to delve in and get the back story.
If you’re more interested in a screening of Coraline with Q&A then this choice is for you:
With writer/director Henry Selick in person
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Directors Guild Theatre, 110 West 57 Street, Manhattan
2009, 100 mins. Focus Features. Presented in Dolby Digital 3-D. Directed by Henry Selick. With the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane. Selick adapts Neil Gaiman’s book about a girl who is bored in her new home until she discovers a door and finds an alternative version of her life on the other side. Film critic A.O. Scott wrote in The New York Times that Coraline “lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.”
Call 718.784.4520 to make your reservation.
However, if Mr. Selick himself and the world of stop-motion-animation seems more fascinating to you then set your clock one day earlier, and head downtown (not up) to:
AN EVENING WITH HENRY SELICK
Wednesday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m.
Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby Street (between Spring and Prince)
Henry Selick will discuss his career and show clips from his films, including Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach, in a discussion moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz. Selick’s work is characterized by its emotional and textural richness, and by its adherence to the physicality and hand-made quality of stop-motion animation.
Order online or call 718.784.4520.