Flying Lessons

84 mins.
Directed by Elizabeth Nichols
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Thu, 7/25

Director Elizabeth Nichols joins us in person for a post-screening conversation.

This screening is free to Amherst Cinema Members.

When their Lower East Side building comes under siege by a predatory landlord, a young filmmaker and an aging punk artist forge an unlikely friendship.

As the two women collaborate on a portrait of a creative life amidst NYC’s cultural crisis, they discover what it means to be neighbors.

(Please note that a different film entitled FLYING LESSONS was listed in our Summer 2024 Special Events newsletter. This is the correct film.)

About the filmmaker: 

Elizabeth Nichols is a writer, director and cinematographer of both non-fiction and narrative films. She currently lives in Tanzania, East Africa with her partner and their two daughters, and works at Orkeeswa where she teaches filmmaking and serves as the Director of Strategy. Elizabeth holds an MFA in Filmmaking from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in History and Literature and History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. She has received several awards and scholarships in support of her filmmaking, including being recognized as one of the 25 New Faces in Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Her short films have played at some of the top international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlinale. 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit