The 2014 New York Film Festival will present a special screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, with writer-star Christopher Guest on board to appear at the event.
The screening of influential mockumentary “Spinal Tap” — the latest in a string of NYFF anniversary fetes that has in previous years included “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Princess Bride” and “Dazed and Confused” — comes on the heels of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the org that presents NYFF, giving its annual Chaplin Award to Rob Reiner, the movie’s director (as well as the helmer of “Princess Bride”).
Prior NYFF anniversary screenings have attracted the attendance of multiple cast members and creatives from the projects being screened; only Guest has so far been confirmed for the NYFF event. Date of the screening remains to be announced
“Spinal Tap” joins a roster of NYFF special events that also encompasses screenings of John Boorman’s “Queen and Country,” Arnaud Desplechin’s “The Forest” and Paul Grimault’s restored animated pic “The King and the Mockingbird,” among others.
NYFF organizers have also outlined the offerings on tap for its annual Convergence lineup of transmedia projects, presentations and public discussions. On the roster is a panel (featuring Morgan Spurlock) organized around short-film series “We the Economy,” as well as crossplatform presentations of new creative work such as Jake Price and Visakh Menon’s “Artifacts of Fukushima,” Theo Rigby’s “Immigrant Nation” and Nathan Punwar’s “Loves of a Cyclops.”
The 52nd New York Film Festival, which launches with the world premiere of “Gone Girl,” runs Sept. 26-Oct. 12.