Welcome to summer at Manhattan’s bustling new center of adventurous cinema and events for young movie lovers. On May 30, it hosts the world premiere of The Awkward Kings of Comedy (starring NYPress photo subject Marina Franklin; see page 40). Every month, audiences flock to the Iron Mule Short Comedy Festival, while the G.I. Joe Stop-Motion Film Festival shows up in late July. Summer plans also include singalongs and screenings of Susan Seidelman’s films with the director in person. Closed in August.
200 Hudson St., at Canal St., 212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org
Anthology Film Archives
Still a haven for classic alternative cinema, Anthology’s summer program offers several tantalizing looks at the past. These include a retrospective of worldly film diarist Robert Kramer running July 17 through 23, with a fresh print of his 1975 epic, Milestones, which focuses on radical veterans of civil rights campaigns and Vietnam protests. “Overlooked Seventies Films,” running August 7 through 13, contains selections by Blue Underground DVD label head William Lustig.
32 2nd Ave. at E. 2nd St., 212-505-5181, www.anthologyfilmarchives.org
New York’s newest independent film festival is a welcome one, bringing several independent hits on the festival circuit to Brooklyn (much in the tradition of BAM’s annual collaboration with the Sundance Institute). The inaugural lineup includes Andrew Bujalski’s perplexingly low-key Beeswax and Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same, a divisive portrait of the boundary-pushing New York performance artist. Other noteworthy titles include the heartbreaking Children of Invention and Reporter, a documentary about Nicholas Kristof in Darfur.
June 17 through July 2, 30 Lafayette Ave., at Ashland Pl., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, www.bam.org
Bryant Park Summer Film Fest
The ever-popular outdoor film series that’s more of an excuse for picnicking and getting it on under the stars every Monday this summer, begins June 15 with The Sting and includes the proto-cougar flick Harold & Maude. It all ends with the Spielberg alien classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Get ready for some summer epiphanies.
Bryant Park, Fifth Ave. betw. 40th & 42nd Sts., www.bryantpark.org
Brooklyn Based Presents Drinks on the Doc
This twice-a-month series at the popular Gowanus bar includes a number of acclaimed contemporary non-fiction works and “recession-proof drinks.” The selections are diverse and international: Previous entries have included Jesus Camp and the prison beauty pageant flick Miss Gulag.
The Bell House, 149 7th St., betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves., Brooklyn, 718-643-6510, www.brooklynbased.net
Brooklyn International Film Festival
Heading into its 12th year, the Brooklyn International Film Festival continues to maintain its local flavor by showcasing young, upcoming filmmakers working outside the mainstream.
June 5 through 14, Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry St., at Orange St., Brooklyn, 718-596-7070, www.wbff.org
Celebrate Brooklyn!’s Music & Movies Series
Perhaps one of the most experimental outdoor film series this summer takes place in Prospect Park. First string quartet Ethel and Gutbucket present a new score for the science fiction classic, La Nave de los Monstruos, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Then Dean & Britta present their score for 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests on Aug. 1 (with Crystal Stilts providing pre-game entertainment). And then, it’s impossible not to want to join in the Purple Rain Sing-A-Long August 6. There will be lyric subtitles onscreen, and Joy Dragland, lead singer of disco orchestra Escort, will lead the sing-a-long to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album.
June 8 through Aug. 15, Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, www.briconline.org
Central Park Film Festival
Does it really matter what you’re going to see? Probably not, since you’ll be too busy yapping with your pals under the stars. But, just in case, this outdoor flick fest starts Tues., Aug. 18 with Sex & the City and ends five days later with the viewers’ choice. You get a chance to vote (visit www.7online.com between July 21-Aug. 21) on Desperately Seeking Susan, Men in Black and Goldfinger. Make the right decision.
Aug. 18 through Aug. 22, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter park at E. 69th & 5th Ave., www.centralparknyc.org
Cine Fest Petrobras Brazil
Modern Brazilian cinema gets a detailed showcase in this annual series, which begins on Aug. 5 in Central Park with a free screening of Sergio Rezende’s Zuzu Angel, and a show by Afroreggae. It continues with competition screenings at Tribeca Cinemas throughout the week. The closing night event takes place at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium on Aug. 12.
(Aug. 5 through Aug. 12, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter park at E. 69th
& Fifth Ave. and the Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. at Laight St., www.brazilianfilmfestival.com)
The quintessential repertory theater’s summer offerings run the gamut of film history. A retrospective of seminal American filmmaker Nicholas Ray (seminal to the French, anyway) runs July 23 through Aug. 6, preceded by a week-long run of his 1950 Humphrey Bogart noir In a Lonely Place. No less thrilling but certainly a lot louder, Ridley Scott’s Alien screens for one week, July 10 through 16. And Aug. 3 brings a silent treat: the lost 1930 foreign version of All Quiet on the Western Front.
209 W. Houston St., betw. 6th Ave. & Varick St., 212-727-8110, www.filmforum.org.
In addition to the packed New York Asian Film Festival, the venue also continues its Waverly Midnights program through July 4, with screenings of classic Stanley Kubrick movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey (June 12 through 13) and The Killing (June 26 through 27). There are also revival screenings of The Lost Boys on May 29 and 30, the impressively curated Stranger Than Fiction documentary series through June 5, and various classics shown at 11 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.
323 6th Ave., at W. 3rd St., 212-924-7771, www.ifccenter.com
In the classic tradition of micro cinemas, the Sunset Park-based Light Industry shows daring, experimental and subversive cinema from around the world. The program has expanded significantly since its launch last year. The upcoming June 3 screening of Lewis Klahr’s wild DIY animated epic Tales of the Forgotten Future has not screened in New York since the Whitney Museum’s “The American Century” in 1999. On June 7, The Weather Underground director Sam Green will discuss about utopian projects (such as Esperanto and the world’s largest shopping mall). Without a doubt, some of the cooler cinematic happenings of summer 2009.
220 36th St., betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves., Brooklyn, www.lightindustry.org
Movies with a View
So long as it doesn’t rain, these outdoor screenings under the Brooklyn Bridge in the heart of Dumbo provide one of the most beautiful backdrops for movie watching in all of New York. This year offers a diverse range of classics, kicking off with Raising Arizona and concluding with Edward Scissorhands. Other highlights include The Return of the Pink Panther and Peter Bogdonavich’s Paper Moon.
July 9 through Aug. 27, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, enter park at Main & Plymouth Sts., www.brooklynbridgepark.org
If you haven’t yet made it to the new SVA Theatre, formerly the crappy Clearview on W. 23rd Street, NewFest is taking up residence there this summer. One of many LGBT-themed fests, this one does have its fair share of scantily clad boys and girls in feature-length films and the ever-popular shorts to titillate the folks who don’t get enough of that online already.
June 4 through June 11, SVA Theater,
260 W. 23rd St., betw. 7th & 8th Aves., www.newfest.org
New York Asian Film Festival
Subway Cinema programs this always-fascinating glimpse at the several noteworthy accomplishments in contemporary Asian cinema. This year, the summer’s most popular New York film festival includes a retrospective of Japanese pink films (essentially far-out porn) and the totally crazy-sounding four-hour epic Love Exposure.
June 19 through July 2, IFC Center, 323 6th Ave., at W. 3rd St., 212-924-7771, www.subwaycinema.com
It’s last year’s summer blockbusters (since you want to remember how great you had it last summer), beginning with Iron Man. Also you’ll want to relive The Dark Knight, and we can’t wait to see how the pier turns out for stoner flick Pineapple Express on the final eve. Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30), and there’s free popcorn.
July 8 though Aug. 19, Hudson River Park, Pier 54 at W.14th St., www.hudsonriverpark.org
Rooftop Films Summer Series
The city’s ideal spot for short films and recent independent fare has plenty to offer for its prime outdoor season. Documentary highlights include Zachary Levy’s tragi-comic portrait of Stanless Steel, Strongman (May 30 at 29 Fort Greene Pl.), and the brilliant study of an iconic viral video subject, Winnebago Man (350 Grand St.). Short film programs include “Dark ‘Toons” on May 30 and “New York Non-Fiction” on June 12. Also, don’t miss the hilarious Humpday on June 26.
Through Sept. 11, various locations, www.rooftopfilms.com
Sunshine Midnight Movies
Always a great place to catch the latest art house releases, Sunshine’s midnight program offers Gen-X classics that always bring out the crowd. Upcoming movies include The Great Muppet Caper on June 5 and 6, followed by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on June 12 and 13.
143 E. Houston St., betw. Forsythe
& Eldridge Sts., 212-358-7709,