As much as we like to support films and festivals like Rooftop Films, we also enjoy the occasional free flick too. This summer, there are a bunch of places to see free outdoor movies in good ole Brooklyn. There are a variety of films to choose from: Jaws, The Goonies, Labyrinth, and Batman, just to name a few.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View
Sponsored by the Syfy channel, this is the outdoor film fest’s 11th year. If you’re a crazy enough cinephile to show up hours beforehand to snag the good spots, DJ’s from Brooklyn Radio will entertain you until the sun goes down and the movie, preceded by a short film chosen by BAM cinematek, begins. The last few summers’ line-ups have been themed, but this summer’s decidedly skitzo offerings, from Annie Hall to Monsters Vs. Aliens 3D, promise something for everyone. Thursdays, Jul. 8 to Sep. 2. Movies start at sundown.
Main St. & Plymouth St., DUMBO. F Train to York St. or A, C to High St-Brooklyn Bridge.
Summer Screen at McCarren Park
If the promise of cold beer and free movies isn’t enough to lure you out to brave the neighborhood crowd’s onslaught, this year’s theme of adolescent idols should do the trick. Shamelessly drool over Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Blank or recoil in horror at David Bowie’s spandex pants in Labyrinth—the choice is yours. Wednesdays, Jul. 7 to Aug. 11. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Bedford Ave & N 12th St., Williamsburg. L Train to Bedford Ave or G to Nassau Ave.
Movies Under the Stars at Habana Outpost
This seasonal restaurant’s outdoor seating area, complete with picnic tables and umbrellas, normally is for sipping mojitos and munching on Cuban delicacies. But when it’s transformed into a movie theater once a week, it draws a slightly different crowd. The mojitos are still around, though, and they’ll make campy films like Krush Groove, the Run DMC musical, all the more fun. Sundays through Oct. 24.
Fulton St. & S. Portland Ave., Fort Greene. C Train to Lafayette Ave or G to Fulton St.
Cult and comedy classics get an aural makeover at these screenings, which are part of the larger Celebrate Brooklyn! music fest. Composer and Brooklyn native Carl Davis performs the original scores to three Chaplin comedies (Jul 22), and organ maestro Marco Benevento showcases a new score that he wrote for Roger Corman’s classic adaptation of Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher. Various dates throughout July and August.
Prospect Park West & 9th St., Park Slope. F Train to Seventh Ave.
Old Stone House
This replica of a 1600s Dutch farmhouse is regularly a museum, but each July offers a short film series in conjunction with local production company FilmWorks Brooklyn. The selections always feature classic Hollywood flicks, with the 1950’s musical Kiss Me Kate and the Harold Lloyd comedy Girl Shy rounding out this summer’s picks. Wednesdays in July.
3rd St. & Fifth Ave., Park Slope. F, R Trains to Fourth Ave-9th St.
Narrows Botanical Garden Free Outdoor Movie Series
A more tranquil alternative to the organized insanity of larger outdoor movie screenings (several hundred show up here vs. several thousand at other spots), moviegoers can take in waterside views while watching a variety of films like the classic Joan Crawford melodrama Mildred Pierce and the PIXAR animated feature Finding Nemo. Various Thursdays throughout July and August.
Shore Rd. & 71st St., Bay Ridge. R Train to Bay Ridge Ave.
Red Hook Summer Movies
The promise of classy food and waterfront movies should be enough to lure you into braving the B61 to get to Valentino Pier for this off-the-beaten-park series. Movies such as The Goonies and Pirates of the Caribbean are accompanied by various treats, ranging from lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound to drink specials at nearby Fort Defiance, thanks to sponsorships from local businesses who helped make the film series happen. Plus, there’s gourmet (but affordable!) popcorn for a buck, provided each night by local wine bar Home/Made. Tuesdays, Jul. 13 to Sep. 14. Movies start at 8:30pm.
Coffey St & Ferris St., Red Hook. A, C, F to Jay St-Borough Hall; 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Borough Hall, then B61 to Coffey St.
This past Saturday, we attended the The Creators Project, an Intel and VICE-headed event series that launched in New York at Milk Studios. The first of four events, it was everything we were told it would be…a groundbreaking event that highlighted the best of today’s musical acts, art, and installations, with a wide range of interesting panel discussions. We’re ecstatic that we got to be a part of the night.
Nick Zinner’s photo exhibit captured the spirit of the event. Check out this interesting video interview at the Creators Project site of Zinner discussing his first photograph.
Here’s a snapshot of one of his photos on display at the event.
At the end of Spike Jonze’s short film “I’m Here,” a love story about two robots, the screen rose to reveal this sweet band, ASKA performing live. Ce Ce was so captivated by the story about two robots finding love, that she had no idea the band was actually there at first. It was such a beautiful seamless transition from film to live musical performance. See a photo of ASKA and trailer for the short below:
We’re always looking for great shoes at events like these.
We’ve been listening to Neon Indian since last year and their album has gotten heavy rotation in the studio! Ce Ce stood next to Adam at the elevators but was too shy to introduce herself and tell him that we’ve been listening to Neon Indian everyday while designing shoes! The band was great.
Photo by Brayden Olson
What’s most impressive about the entire Creator’s Project is that the event series commences with a three day long Finale in Beijing (mid-September). We’ve been trying to identify the 80%20 customer in China as the international economy shifts and China is now the world’s fastest growing consumer. We know that the young demographic is there, but what are exactly are they into? We’re excited to see how The Creators Project’s finale in China may help us understand China’s youth culture. They are truly a new generation experiencing a different type of cultural revolution- rapidly changing industry and technology, and the most accelerated economic growth in history. This generation has only just begun to explore their individual self expression through art, music, fashion and film.
Earlier this year New York’s Twin Sister released their second EP, Color Your Life and it’s been a studio staple. At just six songs long, it leaves us yearning for more of their lush sound and lead vocalist, Andrea’s voice. We just love it and all of the remixes that have spawned from the EP too!
Gabriel Dishaw takes every day junk and makes it into art. His series of customized sneakers made with 100% recycled materials (computer parts, chips, wire, metals, etc.) was most recently featured at 360SEE Gallery in Chicago.
Keys to cities are traditionally given by a mayor to a hero or dignitary, symbolizing that they can have free entrance to the city.
Paul Ramirez Jonas and Creative TIme in cooperation with the City of New York present a citywide public art project that allows every New Yorker and visitor to open spaces in all five boroughs. Thousands of New Yorkers will be awarded with a Key to the City that belongs to each and everyone of us. “Instead of being acknowledged for landing a plane in a river, we are awarded the key for perfect attendance in school. Instead of receiving an honor for winning the World Series, we receive the key because of the kindness we showed at the hospital. And with this new key, we gain an opportunity to step back and reflect on common space in the city. For not only does the key open up specific sites, but it can also make us aware that the city is a series of spaces that are locked or unlocked.”
Watch Paul Ramirez Jonas and Claire Bishop exchange keys to the city:
We are so excited about this project because it’s a fun adventure that enables you to take the time to explore the city. As you wait in line, you will receive a guidebook with information about each site the key opens. Who wouldn’t want to have a key to a lamp post in Bryant Park or to the tortilleria, Nixtamal in Corona, Queens?
If you’re in the New York area, take a trip to Times Square before June 27th and get your key!
Our Studio Manager, Katharine got a key to the city and we’ll be documenting her adventure on the blog! So keep checking back!
Today, Flavorpill and JetBlue’s TrueBlue will host the world’s largest yoga event ever! 10,000 people of all backgrounds, sizes, and skill levels will simultaneously practice on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York. What better way to welcome summer than with thousands of people embracing the outdoors. Flavorpill and JetBlue TrueBlue held a contest and 5 winners won tickets to this prime event and our Studio Manager was one of them!
Participants will be entertained by the comedic and musical stylings of our host, Reggie Watts, live performances by poetry slam extraordinaire, Buddy Wakefield, live drumming by O’Nkosi Rhythms.and singer, Wah! Elena Brower lead the class, guiding the 10,000 participants through their downward dogs, warrior ones, and chair poses accompanied by bassist, Garth Stevenson.
Learn more about how the event came together here.
7.17: Brooklyn, NY – Siren Festival – Coney Island (All Ages) – Free
7.18: Latitude Festival – Derbyshire, UK – tickets
7.20: A Coruna, ES – Playa Club
7.22: Madrid, ES – Teatro Lara
7.23: Contempopranea Festival – Alburquerque, ES – tickets
7.24: San Sebastian Festival – San Sebastian, ES – Jazaaldia – tickets
7.25: Indietracks Festival – Midland Railway Centre, UK- tickets
7.28: Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 – tickets 7.29: London, UK – Heaven – tickets
7.31: Stirling, Scotland, UK – U18s Festival
Most people are familiar with James Franco’s film work but on June 23rd, Franco will open his debut solo art exhibit at the Clocktower Gallery, a non-profit exhibition space in Tribeca. The show entitled, ” The Dangerous Book Four Boys,” will include drawing, photography, sculpture and film curated by the well-renowned Alanna Heiss (founder/former director of P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY).
“The Dangerous Book Four Boys” addresses boyhood and the “sexual confusion” of adolescence, as Ms. Heiss put it. Short films focus on demolition, showing burning or bullet-riddled structures like a plastic toy home or a large wooden rocket (the exhibition contains originals or replicas of these). Another work explores a romantic encounter between “Star Trek” characters Spock and James T. Kirk.
Spock and Captain Kirk? We’re intrigued! Heiss also goes on to say, “The exhibition is arranged to feel like a laboratory of ideas rather than a highlight of individual pieces.”
We’ll be attending the opening tomorrow (please note: private event) and we’re very excited to experience Franco’s work in the space!
The exhibit is open to the public on Wednesday, June 23rd.
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