Summer Guide 2011: Film

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92YTribeca 

If you can’t escape the heat of the city, we suggest you do the next best thing by grabbing a beer and enjoying some air conditioning and a film at 92YTribeca, which has exciting programming all summer long. Check out a screening of To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar June 3, part of the Fairytale Roadtrips series, because the only people who make a better road trip trio than Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando are Noxeema Jackson, Vida Boheme and Chi-Chi Rodriguez. Add an extra dose of inebriation by checking out Arnold Schwarzenegger back when he was running kindergarteners instead of illegitimately fathering them in Kindergarten Cop June 17, as part of the Basic Cable Classics series 92Y describes as "fun to watch slightly intoxicated." 200 Hudson St. (at Canal St.), 212-601-1000, www.92ytribeca.org.

French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF)

Want to imagine you’re spending the summer in Paris? This June, Cinema Tuesdays presents The Magic of Jean Gremillion. And don’t worry if you’re rusty—they’re all in French with English subtitles. Little Lise is the story of a convict who returns home to discover his daughter has become a prostitute. For a steamier romp, Stormy Waters tells the tale of a boat captain stranded with another man’s wife while his own wife waits for him at home with an illness he doesn’t know about. Dark, twisted, melodramatic and gorgeous—sure sounds French! June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 22 E. 60th St. (betw. Park & Madison Aves.), 212- 355-6100, www.fiaf.org.

Anthology Film Archives 

Cycling cinephiles should start saving the dates for The Bicycling Film Festival June 24–26. The annual event celebrates twowheelers with film, art, music and lots more.

AFA’s other film series are getting the disco treatment with a little help from Hollywood. Part 1 of Hollywood Musicals of the 1970s & ’80s: The 1970s opens June 17 with the break-up of the Beatles through a screening of Tony Palmer and Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, and encompasses screen classics such as Sidney Lumet’s The Wiz, as well as Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York. 32 2nd Ave. (at E. 2nd St.), 212-505-5181, www. anthologyfilmarchives.org.

BAM Cinema Fest 

Now in its third year, this independentfocused film festival is an excellent excuse to find yourself in Fort Greene this summer. For 10 days starting June 16, films from up-and-coming and established artists will be screened alongside special repertory screenings accompanied by live music and filmmaker Q&As. Opening night, check out Weekend, a Sundance Selects Release that is garnering comparisons to Linklater’s Before Sunrise, followed by a free party. The Fest presents 25 new feature films, as well as shorts and an outdoor screening of The Catechism Cataclysm in a partnership with Rooftop Films. June 16–26, 30 Lafayette Ave. (at Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn, 718-636- 4100, www.bam.org.

Brooklyn International Film Festival 

The theme for this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival is to the point: Plot. The 90 films in the fest—that’s 21 more than last year—showcase snapshots of controversial issues in current culture and encompass a range of topics, from corporate takeovers to abusive relationships and alcoholism. If you’ve neglected news media for the past several months, this festival is your chance to get caught up on contemporary social controversies in one fell swoop. June 3–12, Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry St. (at Orange St.), Brooklyn, 718-596-7070, and indieScreen, 289 Kent Ave. (betw. S. 1st & S. 2nd Sts.), Brooklyn, 347-227-8030, www.wbff.org.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 

Movies start at sunset every Monday in this outdoor film series, which opens June 20. We recommend coming early if you want a seat. This year’s festival is going old school; you won’t find a film from after 1980 on the list. Come see classics like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Cool Hand Luke and Dirty Harry quick before someone gets the dim idea to greenlight remakes. Monday nights June 20–Aug. 22, Bryant Park, enter park at W. 41st St. and 6th Ave., www.bryantpark.org.

Celebrate Brooklyn!’s Music & Movies Series

Every summer, over 250,000 people gather at Prospect Park for one of the city’s most anticipated outdoor summer series. Whether you wind up with an actual seat or a spot on the lawn, it’s worth risking the grass stains to sing along to Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics at a screening of West Side Story on the city’s largest outdoor screen July 21. And make sure to come back Aug. 4 for a showing of Fritz Lang’s silent film Metropolis with accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra, featuring an opening set by New York cellist Marika Hughes. June 10–Aug. 11, Prospect Park Bandshell, enter park at 9th St. & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, www.briconline.org.

Central Park Film Festival 

By late August, we’re too heat exhausted to do anything but watch movies, which makes the timing of Central Park’s annual film festival ideal. The dates and line-up of films for the week-long festival’s ninth season is still under wraps; however, we can guarantee it’ll be a mix of classic and newer movies. We couldn’t be vaguer if we tried, but trust us: It’s worth a trip to Rumsey Playfield. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter park at E. 69th St. & 5th Ave., www.centralparknyc.org.

Cine Fest Petrobas Brazil 

Fourteen feature films are competing at this year’s Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil, an eightday celebration of contemporary Brazilian cinematography. Each film will be paired with a celebrated short film picked especially as its accompaniment. Films participating in this year’s competition include Hey, Hendrix?, Beyond the Road, Mea Culpa and The Supreme Happiness, as well as a firstlook screening of Elza, a new documentary by Izabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan that closes the festival June 19. It’s an exploration of the life and career of Elza Soares, the legendary samba singer. June 12–19, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter park at E. 69th St. & 5th Ave., and the Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. (at Laight St.), 212- 941-2001, www.brazilianfilmfestival.com.

Film Forum 

With Hollywood hellbent on adapting every famous film from the past 75 years or so, Film Forum’s Revivals & Repertory summer season offers a chance to see why the originals became classics in the first place, such as Planet of the Apes, 3:10 to Yuma and King Kong, as well as iconic films including Bringing Up Baby, The Maltese Falcon and a series of essential Pre-Code films that have yet to find 21st-century interpretations. Mondays are devoted to the best of Buster Keaton, as 24 of his feature and short films will screen weekly now through Aug. 8. May 13–Aug. 8, 209 W. Houston St. (betw. 6th Ave. & Varick St.), 212-727-8110, www.filmforum.org.

Film Society at Lincoln Center 

Lincoln Center houses the most lauded film series in the city—and will soon have a whole new cinema—and this summer’s selections are especially enticing. June opens with an homage to Italian film, as it’s the 150th anniversary celebration of the movement responsible for Italy’s modern configuration the Risorgimento. Open Roads: New Italian Cinema explores films such as Mario Martone’s We Believed, inspired by the elements that led to Italian independence. Open Roads also marks the American premiere of Giulio Manfredonia’s political satire, Whatsoeverly, and director Dianni Di Gregorio’s new film The Salt of Life. 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, W. 65th St. (near Amsterdam Ave.), www.filmlinc.com.

IFC Center 

Aside from
screening some of the best independent and foreign films around, every
summer IFC Center actually gives us an excuse to head indoors. This
summer is no exception, starting with its weekend classics series, which
is devoted to the works of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa now through
September. Proceeds from ticket sales will aid in Japan’s disaster
relief efforts through the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. Night
owls should note IFC’s Late-Night Favorites film series, featuring
insomniainducing screenings of Jaws, Taxi Driver and Fight Club, to name
a few. And since you’ll already be awake, we recommend watching a film
or two from the center’s other late-night series, Waverly Midnights.
Jean-Luc Godard’s newest offering, Film Socialism, opens June 3. 323 6th
Ave. (at W. 3rd St.), 212-924-7771, www.ifccenter.com.

Manhattan
Film Festival 

This film festival has held on to the indie roots on
which it was founded and includes 10 days of film screenings as well as
panel discussions, workshops and Q&A sessions. The fest presents a
total of 132 films, 30 of which are international selections, with John
Gray’s White Irish Drinkers selected for opening night. The Children and
Family Program is among the new programming this year, along with the
Student Film Program, featuring the work of 19 student filmmakers. For
beginning filmmakers, the Festival has partnered with screenbooker.com
to create the Film Revenue Sharing Program, a start-up that enables
filmmakers to promote festival events and earn 50 percent of the
revenue. July 22–31, 2537 Broadway (betw. W. 94th & W. 95th Sts.),
212-864-5400, www. manhattanfilmfestival.org.

Movie
Nights On The Elevated Acre 

Opening night of this outdoor film series,
presented as part of the River to River Festival, is the perfect time to
invest in some Sun-In and an acid-washed jean jacket for a screening of
Desperately Seeking Susan, starring Madonna before she moved to the
Upper East Side and Rosanna Arquette, June 20. The full series continues
its theme of New York nostalgia with films including The Godfather Part
II and The Brother from Another Planet. 55 Water St. (betw. Coenties
& Old Slips), www.rivertorivernyc.com.

Movies
with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Recent work on Brooklyn Bridge Park
can only enhance film watching at this year’s Movies with a View. So
get yourself down to Dumbo for a film screening and DJ-set sure to be
worth waiting on the F train for. Films are
shown every Thursday night, opening with Manhattan. Highlights include
Basquiat, starring Fort Greene resident Jeffrey Wright as the
Brooklyn-born artist, and Rosemary’s Baby. July 7–Sept. 1, 1 Main St.
(at Washington St.), Brooklyn, 718-802-0603, www.brooklynbridgepark.org.

Museum
of Modern Art 

MoMA kickstarts its summer film series with an exhibition
of Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s works. Crafting
Genre: Kathryn Bigelow includes films written, directed and produced by
Bigelow, from early films like Near Dark, thrillers like Point Break and
films covering contemporary issues like The Hurt Locker, for which she
won an Oscar. And stick around the museum this summer to enjoy a
vicarious vacation to Ireland with Revisiting The Quiet Man: Ireland on
Film (through June 3), soaps on film with Drama Queen: The Soap Opera in
Experimental Cinema (June 4–19), or some fun for the whole family with
Pixar Revisted, a film series and exhibition celebrating 20 years of
Pixar’s animated works (June 25–July 9). 11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th &
6th Aves.) 212-948-9400, www.moma.org.

New
York Asian Film Festival 

NYAFF is one of the city’s most prestigious
film festivals, and brings the best, strangest and most entertaining
films of East Asia to the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center every
summer. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with films
about motorcycleriding, karate-fighting robots, Robo Zaborgar; a
four-hour epic by Japanese director Takahisa Zeze, Heaven’s Story; and a
slew of other films from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and
Taiwan. Highlights include an appearance by director Ryoo Seungwan,
who’ll present his film The Unjust, and Japanese stuntman Tak Sakaguchi,
as well as a return visit from legendary Hong Kong director Tsui Hark,
whose first major retrospective was featured in the inaugural NYAFF in
2001. Hark will headline the Wu Xia: Hong Kong’s Flying Swordsmen
programming section. July 1–14, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, W. 65th St.
near Amsterdam Ave.

River
Flicks at Hudson River Park 

Because you spend enough time fighting
around strollers for your morning coffee fix, we recommend an evening of
grown-upsonly outdoor movie-watching Wednesday nights at Hudson River
Park’s River Flicks. The screenings are held at new location Pier 63
Lawn this year, and feature films such as The Social Network, The Kids
Are All Right and two doses of actor Mark Walhberg with The Other Guys
and The Fighter. And if that’s not enough Cullen and Chris New in Andrew
Haigh’s Weekend.

Boston
accent for you, the series wraps up with a showing of The Town Aug. 17.
Or, if you can’t escape the kids, take them to Pier 46 on Friday nights
to see the likes of Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid and learn important
life lessons about How To Train Your Dragon. Pier 63 Lawn, W. 22nd St.
& the West Side Highway, and Pier 46, Charles & West Sts., www.riverflicksnyc.com.

Rooftop
Films Summer Series 

Rooftops aren’t just an escape from stifling
apartments every summer. If you’re on the right ones around Brooklyn,
you’re bound to catch an awesome film, too, thanks to the Rooftop Films
festival. It offers an eclectic group of feature and short films every
season. Highlights this year include a documentary on musician Jose
Gonzalez; live wrestling at the viewing of Robert Green’s film Fake It
So Real; and a world premiere of New York filmmaker Zachary Raines’ new
film Freeloader. Opening night of Rooftop’s 15th installment features a
series of short films from around the world on May 13. Through Aug. 20,
various locations, 718-417-7362, www.rooftopfilms.com.

Films
on the Green Festiva

If just one month of French films at the Alliance
Francaise isn’t enough for you, or if you’re feeling a little
claustrophobic, the French Embassy is offering up Films on the Green—a
full summer’s worth of outdoor French film screenings in parks
throughout Manhattan. How romantic. The eight-screening series kicks off
June 3 with the twisted thriller Swimming Pool, in which a British
mystery writer finds herself entangled in a deadly rivalry with the
daughter of her publisher. If you’re feeling extra pretentious, you
won’t want to miss the June 24 screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt,
featuring Fritz Lang as himself, and a lot of weighty stuff about
artistry versus commodity. On July 1, check out the more light-hearted
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, about a Mr. Bean-esque man whose life is defined by
Murphy’s Law. June 3–Sept. 8, various locations, www.frenchculture.org.

Museum
of the Moving Image 

There’s this funny little borough connected to
Brooklyn, but you can’t remember what it’s called… Something with a Q?
Oh right. Astoria’s newly transformed and outright gorgeous film museum
is always showing something worth the N train trip, but a few summer
exhibitions and screenings are exceptionally noteworthy. Jim Henson’s
Fantastic World opens July 16, and showcases a comprehensive collection
of original puppets and other materials from Henson’s work, as well as
screenings, educational programs and more. Through July 3, those less
interested in re-connecting with their inner children can check out the
museum’s Great Adaptations series, with recent-ish films based on
literary works, like Persepolis on May 28 & 29, A Little Princess on
June 11 & 12 and True Grit on June 18 & 19. 36-01 35 Avenue,
Queens, 718-784- 0077, www.movingimage.us.

Museum
of Arts & Design 

Can you think of a more appealing person to spend
your summer with than David Bowie? Neither can we. Through July 15, MAD
brings you David Bowie, Artist, an interactive, retrospective exhibition
with screenings running throughout the month of June. Catch the final
appearance of Ziggy Stardust in Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
June 3, admire vampires and amazing headwear in The Hunger June 10, get
lost in Labyrinth June 17, or bask in Bowie’s infinite
other-worldliness in The Man Who Fell To Earth June 23. Later in the
summer, the An Assault of Reality series presents "startling double
features [tracing] the evolution of cinema throughout the 20th century,"
including works from Lars Von Trier, The Maysles Brothers, Disney and
programming from CNN. 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299- 7777, www.madmuseum.org.

Intrepid Museum Summer
Movie Series 

What better way to watch Goonies (July 8) than on the deck
of an old war machine? The sea, air and space museum projects some great
old-timey flicks—Back to the Future and E.T.—on select Fridays. You can
bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets but sorry, only non-alcoholic
beverages. May 27–Aug. 19, Pier 86, W. 46th St. at 12th Ave., www.
intrepidmuseum.org
; 7:30, Free.

Sunshine at Midnight
at the Landmark 

Sunshine Landmark Sunshine might be trapped in the ’80s
like a John Hughes coming-of-age movie, but its summer film series is
like re-living our Brat Pack days without all the Aqua Net. Highlights
include Jeff Bridges in the original Tron (May 29) before he needed
digital deaging, and the director’s cut of Alien (June 10 & 11). 143
E. Houston St. (betw. Eldridge & Forsyth Sts.), 212-330-8182.

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