Roll up the rug, pack up some popcorn and head to a park near you for a free movie outdoor movie night.
The City has kicked off the summer Movies Under the Star series, screening classic films including RENT and new favorites like Captain America, Coco and Incredibles 2, at parks and playgrounds across the city.
And this year, movie-goers are being treated to screenings of the third annual New York Public School Film Festival, which showcases 32 films created by NYC public school students from across the five boroughs.
These special screenings will be followed by student interviews with leading film and television industry professionals including Malcolm D. Lee, the Queens-born/Brooklyn-raised director of the upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy starring LeBron James; Kemp Powers, the Brooklyn-born, Oscar-nominated co-writer and co-director of the award-winning film Soul; and Nina Yang Bongiovi, the NYC executive producer of Godfather of Harlem.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, the series was bringing fun cultural programming to viewers across the city, and he encouraged New Yorkers and visitors in to take full advantage and catch a movie in a local greenspace.
“We’re thrilled to present children and families across the five boroughs with free outdoor movies, and we want them to have the best experience in our parks.”
New Yorkers are encouraged to pack a picnic, grab a blanket and enjoy a movie, which all begin at dusk.
NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo said the free screenings gave a “terrific opportunity for families and friends to come together for filmed entertainment on warm summer nights – something we can all appreciate now more than ever.”
“We are so pleased that the excellent work of NYC’s public school students will be featured as part of this summer’s screenings.”
These student film screenings will take place July 9, 10 and 11 in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.
You can find the entire “Movie Under the Stars” lineup at nyc.gov/moviesunderthestars.
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