Maybe you thought the summer’s outdoor film fests had already announced their lineups (and hopefully you snagged tickies to next Saturday’s sold-out screening of the Death by Audio documentary at Rooftop Films, followed by a set from A Place to Bury Strangers). If so, you were mistaken. In Rockaway, the annual Beach Flix series is still getting its act together, and in the East Village the folks at Howl! Arts have taken their sweet time letting us know what’s coming to Tompkins Square Park this summer. But good things come to cinefiles who wait.
The folks at Films in Tompkins are once again bringing a big screen to Tompkins Square Park this year. This year, series founder Darin Rubell (owner of Forrest Point and Boulton & Watt) has tapped some celebs to pick the flicks. Tonight is Billy Joel’s pick, Big Night . It’ll be preceded by a live set from — sorry, not the Piano Man — Hawthorne, at 7 p.m.
“Gates” open at 6 p.m., movies starting at sundown.
Catching an outdoor movie needn’t mean having to watch Ghostbusters or Jurassic Park for the 50th time (no offense to Bryant Park or SummerScreen). A couple of film series are taking over local parks with some more sophisticated, multiculti cinema, so skip the phrosties and pack a respectable bottle of Montepulciano in that picnic basket. Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film series, curated by Film Forum, begins July 1, and promises gems like a reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland by trippy Czech claymationist Jan Svankmajer (if you’ve never seen his “Manly Games”, watch it now). And the seventh annual Films on the Green festival will bring French classics to Tompkins Square Park tonight and next week before moving on to Williamsburg’s Transmitter Park on July 24 and 31.