Today is the official start of summer and what better way to celebrate than getting excited for outdoor movie season. Williamsburg’s SummerScreen just released some colorful and spacey iterations of movie posters to go along with this year’s series, which kicks off July 5. Seven local artists created the posters for each film that will show in McCarren Park: Mean Girls, Office Space, Donnie Darko, Selena, I Know What You Did Last Summer and an audience choice. So fetch.
Sitting outside on a balmy summer night and watching one of your favorite films with the Manhattan skyline in the background almost makes the stinking mounds of cooking garbage on the street and the hellish temperatures in subways stations worth it. With that in mind, here are some of the best upcoming outdoor film series this city has to offer. Best of all: Most of these are free!
Pretty much everyone who didn’t score a ticket to tonight’s sold-out screening of Wet Hot American Summer at Nitehawk was parked in McCarren Park last night for SummerScreen’s showing of the 2001 cult classic. And they made the right call: before the flick, they were treated to the first episode of the forthcoming prequel. And it was introduced by director David Wain and cast members Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Ken Marino, and Judah Friedlander. Peep the above video to hear them awkwardly pander to Brooklyn.
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
Tonight, SummerScreen takes over McCarren Park for an evening of free music and a screening of “Peewee’s Big Adventure.” Starting at 7pm, you’ll hear from power-pop dudes Oberhofer, saxo-pop outfit Bueno, and self-described neo-noir punk trio LODRO.
We thought this an opportune moment to chat with LODRO frontwoman Lesley Hann, formerly of the Fat Possum band Friends. Where Friends brought a funk-tinged take on the ‘60s girl-group pop sound with tracks like “Friend Crush,” Bushwick-based up-and-comers LODRO sound decidedly more Wednesday Addams-goes-to-Glasslands Gallery.
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