The Lower East Side’s new cinephile paradise is joining the city’s summer tradition of (mostly free) outdoor film screenings. Next Tuesday, Metrograph will be showing The Wizard of Oz (the classic one, not that J-Franks nonsense) in Seward Park, at Essex Street. As Metrograph knows, half the pleasure of going to the cinema is to gorge yourself on snacks, so there will be complimentary popcorn for movie-goers to munch on while they watch Dorothy follow the yellow brick road.
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.
Chain your fixie to the fence for this wildly popular outdoor film fest featuring food vendors, live music curated by Todd P, and movies at sundown.
This year’s lineup:
Back to the Future
The Big Lebowski
Between Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, artsy vampire films are officially a thing. Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut black-and-white feature, about a lonely, skateboarding vampire in hijab who haunts a fictional Iranian town, caused a stir when it played at Sundance.
Sadly, this documentary about the world’s most famous sixth-grade metal band (straight outta Flatbush) is only three minutes long, but if Unlocking the Truth’s set at Cameo was any indication, these will be a monstrously heavy three minutes.
Brooklyn filmmaker Adam Newport-Berra, who has shot music videos for the likes of the Dirty Projectors as well as the feature First Winter, climbs into the director’s chair with a mumblecore-esque Kickstarter-backed film about a brother (or is he?) who throws a wrench into her sister’s relationship during a Thanksgiving dinner. Williamsburg’s own Reggie Watts has a role.
Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival put on by the French embassy, presents “La Haine,” a drama starring Vincent Cassel.
Head to Tompkins Square Park on Friday night for a couple of hours with classic French bad boy Vincent Cassel. Sound romantic? It won’t when you factor in Parisian riots, police brutality, macho retribution and its inevitable fallout. With this black and white 1995 drama directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, Films on the Green continues its exploration of French cinematic emblems of masculinity.
Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival put on by the French Embassy, presents “The Women on the 6th Floor,” a comedy starring Fabrice Luchini. “A conservative couple’s lives in 1960s Paris are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.”