The festival of free events includes iconic films, hard-boiled storytelling, graphic art and music inspired by this American genre. Artists and critics participating include Frances McDormand, Todd Haynes, Marc Ribot, Guy Maddin, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Pinsky, Greil Marcus, Luc Sante, Terry Teachout, Paul Moravec, Frank Bidart, Molly Haskell and Ben Katchor.