SEMINARS: Michael Moore, Bobby Rock, Amy Taubin, Jack Garner and others will discuss "Documentary Controversies" at a seminar to be held at noon May 23 at the Broadway Performance Hall. Actors Sean Young, Hart Bochner, Rob Morrow, Maria Schrader and Peter Horton, along with filmmakers Rick Stevenson, Martin Donovan and Dani Levy, will attend an "Actors and Directors Seminar," at noon May 30 at the Broadway Performance Hall. Tickets are $10 for each seminar.
TRIBUTE TO ROBERT WISE: This veteran filmmaker won Academy Awards for directing a couple of blockbuster musicals, "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," but he's also known as the editor of "Citizen Kane" and the meticulous director of several science-fiction and film-noir classics. The festival will feature free Saturday matinee showings of four Wise films - "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Set-Up," "The Body Snatcher" and "Somebody Up There Likes Me" - and Wise will attend a screening of "The Haunting" at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Egyptian.
DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Fifteen documentaries will be screened as part of the 1992 festival's focus on non-fiction films: "Black Harvest," "A Brief History of Time," "Brother's Keeper," "Daddy and the Muscle Academy," "Deadly Currents," "I Dreamt I Woke Up," "Kyoto: My Mother's Place," "Identification of Desire," "Lord of Flies," "John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards," "Lessons in Darkness," "Naked Making Lunch," "Roy Rogers - King of Cowboys," "Wisecracks" and this year's Oscar winner, "In the Shadow of the Stars."
NEW DIRECTORS: For the second year, a panel of movie experts (Tom Skerritt, Toyomichi Kurita, Charles Johnson, Janice Findley and Robert C. Cumbow) will select their choice of the best first film in the festival. The competition includes Bill Robertson's "Events Leading Up to My Death," Jaime Osorio Gomez's "Confessing to Laura," Jan Sverak's "The Elementary School," Christian Vincent's "La Discrete," Rokuro Mochizuki's "Skinless Night," Juanma Bajo Ulloa's "Butterfly Wings," Christopher Munch's "The Hours and Times," Douglas Stefan Borghi's "Who Killed the Baby Jesus," Anthony Drazan's "Zebrahead" and Oscar Lucien's "A Dream in the Abyss." ARCHIVAL SPECIALS: In addition to the Wise classics, the festival will be screening the rarely seen 1924 silent version of "Peter Pan," starring Betty Bronson; Luchino Visconti's recently restored three-hour version of his 1960 drama, "Rocco and His Brothers"; and Michael Curtiz's half-silent, half-talkie 1929 biblical epic, "Noah's Ark."
WORLD PREMIERES: The festival has scheduled nine world premieres: Martin Donovan's "Mad at the Moon," Ray Argall's "Eight Ball," Alex Cox's "Highway Patrolman," Rick Barnes' "The Enquirers," Alan Rudolph's "Equinox," Stanley Wilson's "Galaxies Are Colliding," Joel Hirshman's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," Jefery Levy's "Inside Monkey Zetterland" and Douglas Stefan Borghi's "Who Killed the Baby Jesus."