Every year thousands of people swarm the sweltering deserts of Nevada to indulge in hippiesque camaraderie, the building and destruction of a short-lived city, partying and the literal burning and exploding of things. While we don’t know what the ratio of drug overdoses is, compared to the Gathering of the Juggalos, we do know that Burning Man attendees tend to have their own costumes, aka “playa style,” that don’t involve face paint (well, not clown face paint anyway).
Hit up Village East Cinema this Thursday for “Spark: A Burning Man Story” to learn a little more about the festival — or to re-experience it, if you’re already familiar. Arrive early for a reception and Hollywood-style red carpet: the first 66 guests to RSVP and show up in costume will be given free admission. Enjoy complimentary booze, DJ Milk, red carpet interviews and a Q&A after the film (more info here).
Here are some more films about festivals, camaraderie and well, Godzilla, that we’re reel psyched about this week:
At Fest + performance by HogMaw
For those who refuse to be tricked by bands like Mumford and Sons into liking their tired excuse for folk music, there’s quite a folk-music scene out there. The Philadelphia Folk Festival has been happening annually for 50 years and continues to draw huge crowds. At Fest takes a behind-the-scenes look at the festival and introduces viewers to a cast of music lovers giving new life to the genre every year.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg; 7 p.m.; $8
The Neverending Story + performances by Aa (aka Big A Little A) and Amen Dunes
This is it: the audience pick for the final SummerScreen of the season. Transport yourself back to 1984 and watch poor little Bastian transform from the bullied wimp at school to the hero of a land beyond imagination.
McCarren Park, Corner of Bedford and N. 12th, Williamsburg; 6 p.m.; free
Romeo + Juliet + a performance by Sweet Street Symphony
It’s the Capulets and the Montagues updated for the ’90s ADD generation. You know the story — throw in some guns, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, put the Butthole Surfers on the soundtrack, and you get a Shakespeare angsty teenagers can’t resist.
Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. 9th St., East Village; 6 p.m.; free
Cutie and the Boxer
A NYC love story about a 40-year marriage between two artists; one who paints with boxing gloves, and one who illustrates stories with a character she’s created called Cutie. The film takes us through the thick and thin of their relationship and brings us up to date with the two artists still attempting to make names for themselves.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; $13.50
Keri Russell plays the part of Jane Hayes, a Pride & Prejudice obsessed New Yorker who inherits a trip to a Jane Austen paradise (Austenland) in hopes of meeting her own real life Mr. Darcy. While we’re more of an Emma crowd here at B+B, we’ll still give it a watch.
Angelika Film Center, 18 W Houston St, SoHo; $14
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
It’s an almost Bonnie-and-Clyde love story about two outlaws tracked down by the law. Bob Muldoon takes the blame for his lover’s crime (shooting an officer) and is put in jail. Four years later he escapes and is looking for her and their daughter who was born while he was incarcerated. Also catch director David Lowery when he presents Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express on Aug 14th.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village
Godzilla + Mothra double feature
Part of Film Forum’s “Son of Summer Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror” series, the original uncut Japanese Godzilla movie (Gojira) is being coupled with Mothra in a two-for-one classic monster movie showdown. This is the Godzilla without Raymond Burr, and includes 40 minutes of footage cut by the American version.
Film Forum, 209 W Houston St, Greenwich Village; 1 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m.; $12.50
FRIDAY – SATURDAY
David Cronenberg’s (The Fly, Dead Zone) classic starring James Woods and Debbie Harry (in her first film role) tells the story of a low-budget cable TV operator who happens upon a show that depicts the torture and murder of several women. As he digs deeper into the show’s source he finds himself getting lost in a reality where television and real life become one and the same.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; Midnight; $13.50
The Shining TSBAFAIAO3D
Because it’s such an amazing movie and we’ve all seen it a million times, new ways to watch it are continuously popping up to keep it fresh. We’ve seen the symmetry in The Shining forwards and backwards, but what happens when you do it backwards and forwards and inwards and outwards in high definition anaglyph 3D? Spectacle is calling it the “Chaos Mix,” and we can’t wait to see it.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St., Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $5