Cowboy Booking hits trail with niche series

'Clouds' first on sked

Gotham-based specialized distrib Cowboy Booking Intl. has announced the films for its initial calendar series at the Screening Room in Tribeca. The first to unspool at the venue’s newly built second screen, series will feature overlooked foreign films, Hollywood classics, retrospectives and underground pics.

The premiere New York theatrical run of Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wender’s 1995 drama “Beyond the Clouds” will kick things off, followed by three other foreign pics in U.S. premiere engagements: Palme-d’Or-winning Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami’s docu-narrative hybrid “Close-Up” (1990); Indian director-cinematographer Santosh Sivan’s “The Terrorist”; and Brit helmer Corky Giedroyc’s “Stella Does Tricks.”

On the schedule

Three retrospectives — “Kirk Douglas: an American Classic,” “Raising Caine: The Films of Michael Caine” and “Steady Rollin’ Man: The Films of Robert Mugge,” including the stateside preem of docu “Hellhounds on My Trail” — are also scheduled.

Among lineup’s racier fare is a new print of the 1971 decadent fantasy “Pink Narcissus” as well as five Midnight Movies, to include Frank Grow’s “Love God,” David E. Durston’s “I Drink Your Blood” and two by exploitation-film master Frank Henenlotter, who’ll be on hand to present “Basket Case” and “Brain Damage.”

Also scheduled are two special programs: Matinee Weekend Classics, a weekly “Wizard of Oz” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” double feature followed by brunch at the Screening Room’s restaurant; and Delicious Cinema, one-time screenings of “Babette’s Feast” and “Big Night,” each followed by screen-cuisine inspired dinners.

Current calendar runs from Dec. 1- Jan. 25.