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Call for Applicants: The Museum of the Moving Image will present the second annual Moving Image Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing, a five-day institute for film critics, culture editors, and arts writers. The program, which is a New York Times Company Foundation Journalism Institute, will be held from April 10 through 15, 2008. Its purpose is to offer an expanded appreciation of the art and history of film, and a global view of the complex and rapidly evolving nature of the film and entertainment industry.
Click on the pdf below to read detailed information about the competition plus you can also view details from last year’s Institute at


On February 27, 2008, the Museum of the Moving Image will hold a groundbreaking celebration for its expansion and renovation project. Designed by the New York-based firm of Leeser Architecture, the $65 million project will double the current size of the Museum, transforming the entire first floor and creating a strikingly contemporary new three-story addition.

During the construction period, when its on-site activities will be curtailed, the Museum will continue to provide the public with a diverse and exciting array of off-site screenings, discussions, and family and community programs in all five boroughs. The exceptional series of preview screenings of award-contending films, many of them featuring discussions with their directors and stars, will continue at movie theaters in Manhattan. The Museum’s monthly series of talks, panels, and special programs at The Times Center in Manhattan will also continue. Access to the unparalleled collection of more than 130,000 objects will still be provided at the Museum for scholars and researchers. The Museum’s presence on the Web will be expanded over the coming months with major on-line programs: the 2008 edition of The Living Room Candidate and an important new international site for the serious moviegoer, Moving Image Source.

To prepare for construction, the Museum will close its Riklis Theater in advance of the groundbreaking. The final screening will be How Green Was My Valley, directed by John Ford, at 6:30 p.m. on February 24. The Digital Play exhibition will close immediately after groundbreaking. The Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen, will close to the public as of March 23, though school groups will still be scheduled through June. Behind the Screen is expected to re-open to the public in early 2009.

The opening of the renovated and expanded Museum is anticipated for late 2009.

“With this groundbreaking, the Museum of the Moving Image is about to enter an exciting new era of programming and service,” stated Rochelle Slovin, Director of the Museum. “We have a wonderful audience of young people, teachers, artists, scholars, film buffs, video gamers, and many of New York’s most creative, forward-looking business people. On behalf of them, we thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and all of the public officials, trustees, donors, designers, and dedicated staff members who have brought us successfully to the start of construction.”

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The Charismatic Megafauna String Orchestra is an old-time string band with a modern twist. Its members are Park Slope's own Bilger family--Burkhard Bilger on guitar, Jennifer Nelson on violin and accordion, Hans Bilger (13) on stand-up bass, and Ruby Bilger (10) on vocals and percussion. Their friend and spiritual leader Michael Abrams plays ukulele and the youngest Bilger--Evangeline (5)-- occasionally joins in on songs about chickens. The band plays an uproarious mixture of folk songs, novelties tunes, and rock-and-roll classics, filtered through their own sweet but slightly skewed sensibilities.

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