Red Flag. 2012. USA. Directed by Alex Karpovsky

For the seventh year running, MoMA’s Department of Film, in association with IFP and its quarterly publication Filmmaker, screens the five nominees for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award. The nominees were selected by senior members of the Filmmaker editorial staff and Joshua Siegel, associate curator in MoMA’s Department of Film. The nominees represent this year’s best American independent films on the festival circuit that have yet to be picked up for theatrical distribution. Past nominees include Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock’s Scenes of a Crime, Mark Jackson’s Without, Laurel Nakadate’s The Wolf Knife, Mike Ott’s Littlerock, Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues, So Yong Kim’s In Between Days, and Ronald Bronstein’s Frownland. The award will be presented to the winner at IFP’s 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 26. Filmmakers take part in a Q&A following selected screenings.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP; Scott Macaulay, Editor, Filmmaker magazine; and Milton Tabbot, Senior Director, Programming, IFP.

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