Thank You and Good Night
Location: Redstone Theater
With director Jan Oxenberg in person. Post-film discussion moderated by James Schamus.
Dir. Jan Oxenberg. 1992, 82 mins. Newly restored DCP from IndieCollect. With Mae Joffe, Helen Oxenberg. Jan Oxenberg’s wildly inventive, genre-bending film offers a “remarkable meditation on love, death, mortality, and Jewish guilt” (San Francisco Chronicle) and makes use of cardboard cutouts crafted from old photographs and features playful skits that bring to life the director’s own memories of her grandmother. When the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991, Amy Taubin, writing for the Village Voice, described the reactions: “Thank You and Good Night choked up the self-consciously hip professional audience. Total strangers hung around the lobby long after the screening, sharing intensely personal anecdotes about death and dying.”
Thank You and Good Night is the latest 4K restoration by IndieCollect, a non-profit organization that saves and restores American independent films so they can be seen in state-of-the-art digital formats. As part of its Queer Cinema Initiative, it will be restoring all the films of Jan Oxenberg. IndieCollect’s Queer Cinema Initiative is supported by Gerald Herman and other donors. Its Film Restoration Initiative is supported in part with funds from the Just Film / Ford Foundation, Weissman Family Foundation, and by Amazon Studios. The restoration of Thank You and Good Night has also received support from the Ravenal Foundation.
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