Rooftop Film Summer 2013

Rooftop Film Summer 2013

Now that the weather is warming up, you wanna stay outside longer. Sidewalk cafes, beer gardens and the parks are filling up with New Yorkers who want their patch of outdoor space to enjoy. 
Film buffs, usually relegated to dark rooms with sticky floors, can also enjoy the warmer weather during the summer through a number of outdoor film festivals being staged across the city. 
Check it out:
Rooftop Films – through to August 17
New York Japan Cinefest – June 6 & 7, Japan Society. http://bit.ly/18Tnjl8
Films on the Green, June 7 – Sept. 5
Human Rights Watch Film Festival – June 14 – 22
Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – June 17 – August 19.

Alamo Drafthouse Moves into UWS

Alamo Drafthouse Moves into UWS

Alamo Drafthouse is moving into the Upper West Side, and that’s a good thing for the Metro Theater, their new home.

Alamo Drafthouse is an ever growing entertainment lifestyle brand that is dedicated to keeping the movie-watching experience safe for movie fans, serving quality food and drinks, and upholding high presentation standards. Sounds promising for Upper West Siders.

Alamo Drafthouse touts itself the theater for movie fans by movie fans amd functions on a few principles will undoubtably resonate with this community:
– No unaccompanied kids at movies and only allow babies at select “baby day” screenings.
– A zero-tolerance policy towards talking and texting during the movie. If you talk or text, you will receive one warning. If it happens again, you will be kicked out without a refund. Yikes!
– They strive to be leaders in presentation quality.
– They support local breweries. This sounds fun…!
– They strive to serve quality, fresh-prepared food. Even more fun..!

They also strive to be good neighbors. Their goals for their biz on the UWS??
– Share the movies we love with as many people as possible.
– Be a community cultural center.
– Build an audience for classic, golden era cinema.
– Build an audience for foreign language films.
– Build a youth and collegiate cinephile audience.
All noble and good goals to aim for.

The Metro, an Art Deco landmark, has had numerous incarnations over the years and most recently developers announced plans for a shopping complex that never materialized. The facade is landmarked but the interior is not, which give the new tenant the opportunity to make the theaters and commons areas as fabulous as they like without having to jump through hoops with the city.

Hoping for good things from Alamo Drafthouse.

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Celebrating its 15th year, the countries largest film festival for kids and teens will present more than 100 groundbreaking new works throughout the month of March.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival gives movie-lovers the opportunity to see U.S. premieres of international films and get sneak previews of the best upcoming shorts, features, and documentaries. NYICFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival, and in the past four years alone it has screened 11 films that were later nominated for Academy Awards.

Along with a carefully selected collection of feature films from around the world, this year’s festival includes six short film programs, kid-friendly opening and closing galas, filmmaker Q&A’s, film making workshops, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony on March 25, when the 2012 jury — including silver screen greats like Susan Sarandon and Uma Thurman — will announce the best of the fest.

The festival runs March 3-25 in various locations around New York City.
You can buy tickets here .

In NYC Parks – August 22-24th.

NYC Parks is wrapping up the summer with a busy schedule!! This week has got some great FREE offerings in the boroughs.

The 29th Annual MLK Free Concert Series!
  Monday, August 22, 2011
, 7:30 p.m.
 Wingate Park, Brooklyn



Flicks on the Beach: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
 Monday, August 22, 2011, 
7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
 Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, Brooklyn



Movies on the Waterfront: Saturday Night Fever
 Monday, August 22, 2011, 
1:00 p.m.
 Astoria Park, Queens



Reforestation Stewardship Work Day at Canarsie Park
 Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
 Canarsie Park, Brooklyn


Freshkills Park SI 350 Tour
 Wednesday, August 24, 2011
, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
 Barrett Triangle, Staten Island