Film

Thursday Spotlight: Christopher Carr Continues to Foster Community through Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival

The Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival is accepting of multiple art forms, diverse creators, and unique storytellers, but it has a few things it does not tolerate: hate speech, promotion of senseless or gratuitous violence, and — perhaps most importantly — exclusivity, entitlement or the expression of privilege.

That last element is probably the most abhorrent because it goes against everything Christopher Carr strives to foster: community. Carr is an artistic curator for the people; through his and Melissa Hunter Gurney’s GAMBA Forest Gallery, opportunities are more readily available than they might be in the artistic rat race that is New York. As Carr prepares for the sixth annual Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival — starting August 31 and running through September 9 around the nabe — he reflects on the inclusion he has nurtured and the art he looks forward to sharing. Tickets to the event are now on sale, and (per Carr’s wishes) they’re are economically accessible: a pass for all 10 days of the event is just $50.  Continue reading

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Choose the Final Summerscreen Flick and Enjoy Kombrewcha at Wednesday’s Screening!

Kombrewcha will be served at Wednesday’s final Summerscreen

You know summer’s wrapping up when there’s just one Summerscreen flick left. This Wednesday, the free series presented by Northside Media Group rounds out the summer with a movie chosen by the audience. Summerscreen has yet to announce the final film, so take advantage of the time that remains to cast your vote!

The options for the August 29 screening are Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Bad Boys, You Got Served, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and High FidelityTo further spice up the event, Kombrewcha will be the (complimentary!) beverage sponsor during the screening.

Movies start close to sundown, but there’s plenty to enjoy beforehand including food trucks, opening bands, and (of course) the boozy and fizzy Kombrewcha. Bring a blanket to sit on (snacks and dogs welcome!) and say farewell to summer this Wednesday.

 

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Cast Your Vote for Next Week’s Movie at McCarren (Weds, 8/29)

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The movie they show at next week’s Summerscreen (Weds, 8/29) is up to YOU! Cast your vote here for which movie you’d like to watch! Pick from:

Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
Bad Boys
You Got Served
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
High Fidelity

The film will screen on Wednesday, August 29th beginning at sundown. Doors are at 6, music starts at 7pm. Bring blankets and chairs and snacks. There will also be food and drinks sold from local vendors. And, it’s FREE!

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Final Film at 61 Franklin Street Garden is Tonight!

61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
Enjoy today’s oh-so-perfect weather with an outdoor movie! Tonight is the last in the four-part series of environmentally-focused films being shown at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.

Film info via Open Space Alliance: “The Devil We Know is a clear-eyed examination of the DuPont Company’s decades-long poisoning of one town in West Virginia. Introduction by Mike Schade of Mind the Store and the NuHart Superfund Site Community Advisory Group.”

WHEN: Thursday, August 23 | Arrive at 8, film at 8:30pm.
WHERE: 61 Franklin Street Community Garden
FREE!

Bring blankets and chairs, snacks. Note: there is no bathroom at the garden.
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McGolrick Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark in the Park This Tuesday Night! (8/21)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981, ©Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981, ©Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm

The classic adventure flick Raiders of the Lost Ark is coming to McGolrick Park for free tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8/21)! Get there around 7:45pm, set up your blankets and chairs and bring your own snacks (but there will be FREE POPCORN!). The film will be set up on the Monitor Street lawn. The movie series in McGolrick is presented by the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA) and sponsored by

When: Tuesday, August 21, around 7:45pm
Where: McGolrick Park, Monitor Street lawn
FREE!

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Nitehawk and Tribeca Film Festival Announce Joint Summer Series

A still from Big Elvis (2018).

Missed Tribeca, or didn’t want to schlep into Manhattan? Don’t fret!

For a fifth year, cinephile hotspot Nitehawk is teaming up with Tribeca to present a selection of films from the festival. It started with documentaries and this year Nitehawk is moving into short films.

Each of the short filmmakers were asked to select a feature film that inspired them when they were directing their short. American Movie and True Romance will play in 35mm with Blood Simple on DCP. Each feature will follow the short film they helped to inspire. The first two short films in this series were part of Tribeca N.O.W. Showcase: Short Form, while Big Elvis screened during the Shorts: NY Shorts: Homemade program. The line-up is as follows:

August 7: Crime Cutz followed by American Movie. Introduced by Alden Nusser and Benjamin Fries also known as synthpop duo Holy Ghost!
August 14Everything is Stories followed by Blood Simple. Introduced by Daniel Navetta.
August 21Big Elvis followed by True Romance. Introduced by Paul Stone and Claudia Montano. Continue reading

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Free Outdoor Film at Franklin Street Garden Next Week (7/26 & 7/27)

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A new series of free environmental and sustainability focused films screening outdoors is returning to Franklin Street Community Garden (61 Franklin Street) next Thursday and Friday nights. The second in the film series, The Iron Triangle, a documentary depicting the slow and tragic demise of one of the city’s last great blighted areas, Willets Point, will screen on both nights, with doors at 8:30pm and the film beginning at 8:45pm. The screenings will be presented by filmmaker and urban theorist Prudence Katze. Continue reading

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FREE Movies & Music in McCarren: Summerscreen is Here (7/18)

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via Summerscreen

Get ready to schlep your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McCarren on Wednesday night, for a FREE Summerscreen viewing of the NYC classic When Harry Met Sally. Doors are at 6pm, live music starts at 7pm and the film will start around 8pm. The free film series has been around for 13 years (!) and is Brooklyn’s longest running film series. Set up your spot in the basketball courts between Bedford and Berry.

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Free Family Movies in Transmitter Park—”Inside Out” Shows Tonight (7/13)

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Tonight, watch the Pixar hit Inside Out outdoors on the waterfront at Transmitter Park. Tonight’s film is part of their FREE Summer Starz series, bringing family-friendly flicks to Greenpoint. All screenings start around sunset (8pm-ish). Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for your little ones!

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Support Indie Cinema: Spectacle Theater Needs a New Projector

via Spectacle Theater
via Spectacle Theater

North Brooklyn is a hub for film. There are countless big name shows and movies shot and produced here, production design warehouses dot the industrial backstreets of the neighborhood, plus there are giant soundstages, and we have some pretty significant annual film festivals held here. And of course, we’ve got a small handful of quirky indie cinemas in the ‘nabe too: Film Noir (122 Meserole St), Light Industry (155 Freeman Street), the soon-to-be-opened Stuart Cinema & Cafe (West Street & Milton), Videology (308 Bedford Ave), Syndicated (40 Bogart St), and Spectacle Theater (124 S 3rd St) in South Williamsburg.

Spectacle is run entirely by volunteers, and shows rare cinematic gems, often with live scores, interactive performances and filmmaker appearances. It’s BYO-snacks and very DIY, and they keep ticket prices real with most screenings costing only $5.

They’ve just launched a fundraiser to purchase a new projector, as their old one sings its swan song. They write: Continue reading

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