A true American iconoclast, Michael Almereyda has been directing, writing, and producing unconventional, fiercely independent visions in a variety of genres and styles for more than three decades, whether working in documentary, fiction, or a combination of the two. From August 21 through September 20, Museum of the Moving Image presents Michael Almereyda Here and Now, a recent career retrospective featuring four of the director’s most memorable 21st-century visions — William Eggelston in the Real World, Experimenter, Marjorie Prime, and Escapes— and a collection of rarely shown shorts. The retrospective coincides with the release of his latest film, Tesla, which stars Ethan Hawke and Kyle MacLachlan, on August 21.
The prolific Almereyda has long challenged viewers with detailed, observant, and idiosyncratic portraits of the previously uncharted emotional depths of photographers, scientists, philosophers, and others who exist at a cross-point between tradition and the future, between the technological and the physical.
Tesla is the opening night film of the Queens Drive-In on Thursday, August 13, co-presented by MoMI, Rooftop Films, and New York Hall of Science. For tickets, visit rooftopfilms.com/drivein/queens. MoMI will also present an online members preview screening of Tesla and live online discussion with Almereyda at a later date (to be announced). Tesla, an IFC Films release, will be available in select theaters and VOD beginning August 21. For more information, visit tesla.movie.