In addition to screening the best in recent filmmaking, the festival also hosts live film related events.
Past events included a special screening of The Fisher King followed by an insightful talkback with screenwriter Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candleabra, Freedom Writers, The Bridges of Madison County). In 2016, Richard Price gave an unforgettable talk back after the 30th Anniversary Screening of the Color of Money and also spoke about his HBO smash hit series The Night Of. In 2014, a staged reading of Karen Black's work featuring Sean Young, Andrea McArdle, and Gail Brown was a festival highlight. John Cassavetes’ 1959 film Shadows, was followed by an engaging Q&A with actress Leila Goldoni in 2013.
Chain NYC may be only six years old, but that hasn't stopped countless visitors from singing the festival's praises and traveling from around the world.
"I've participated in numerous film festivals, and the Chain NYC Film Festival stands out as one of the best. Not only [is] the selection of films superb, but the staff made a point of getting to know me and really supporting my film. All too often, small films can get lost in the shuffle of a festival. Not at Chain NYC."
- Richard Uhlig, writer-director of the award-winning documentary short, My Kansas.