Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.
First Look Offers Second Chances
It’s always tough to define the purview of First Look, the Museum of the Moving Image’s annual showcase of pathbreaking new films. But the lineup tends to be international, experimental and light on brand-name directors. The last edition, which opened on March 11, 2020, had to be canceled shortly after it began.
Enter First Look 20/21, which runs through Aug. 1. In addition to presenting new films, it will show titles that didn’t get their New York theatrical premieres at last year’s festival, including “The Viewing Booth” (on July 30), a combination of documentary and psychology experiment in which the director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz shows an American student footage from the West Bank, and “Searching Eva” (on July 31), Pia Hellenthal’s unclassifiable portrait of a web diarist. Among the new titles are “Zinder” (on Saturday), a documentary on gangs and poverty in Niger; the Iranian drama “180 Degree Rule” (on Sunday); and a Ken Jacobs program (on Aug. 1) that will premiere a 3-D short. All films will screen at the museum; some will also be available on its website.
Art & Museums
Scenes From Prospect Park
Who knows how long the man had been fishing by the edge of the lake in Prospect Park, standing