NYC Outdoor Movies Summer 2017 (FREE)

Spend your summer evenings soaking up the moonlight with these Mewve curated selections all summer 17!

Grab your friends, family and lover and absorb the beauty of the Black cinematic experience.

The Mewve is a living, breathing space, so check back for updates!

2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival Friday, June 16th

MOONLIGHT

Directed By: Barry Jenkins, 111 min., USA Preceded by the short film 90 Days, 19 min., USA

Music By: House Music by DJ M. Forde Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater 180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027 In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, Harlem Pride, Slay TV and Harlem2020. Winner of Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, Moonlight is an extraordinary drama explores three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomi Harris, Andre Holland and others.

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BAMcinemaFest Outdoor Screening

OUR SONG

 

 

(2000) Over the course of a sweltering summer in Crown Heights, best friends Lanisha (Kerry Washington, in her film debut), Maria (Melissa Martinez), and Joycelyn (Anna Simpson) navigate a host of teenage anxieties—the closing of their high school, unplanned pregnancy, and tumultuous family lives—all between rehearsals with the legendary Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band (who punctuates the movie with rousing performances). Jim McKay’s (En el Séptimo Día) refreshingly honest, nuanced depiction of female friendship captures the growing pains of adolescence, as well as the sights, sounds, and feelings of Brooklyn summer. An IFC Films release.

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Movies Under the Stars

Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger than Life

biggie

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

8:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

The closest friends and some of the biggest names in hip-hop tell stories about rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s life and music.

This event is presented in observance of June’s New York Music Month – the first-ever citywide celebration of New York City’s diverse music ecosystem, across all five boroughs. The month is an initiative of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with NY is Music. For more information, visit nymusicmonth.nyc.

Know Before You Go

You should arrive by 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Location

Wright Brothers Playground

New York, NY 10032

Manhattan

Directions to this location

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Movie Under the Stars

Hidden Figures

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.

Know Before You Go

You should arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Location

Main Street and Elder Avenue in Kissena Corridor Park

Queens

Directions to this location

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Movie Under the Stars

Fences

Thursday, July 6, 2017

8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.

This movie adapts the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a black garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh named Troy Maxson. Bitter about his lot in life, Maxson frequently takes out his frustrations on his loved ones.

Know Before You Go

You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Location

Roy Wilkins Recreation Center

177th Street and Baisley Boulevard

Queens

Directions to this location

 

2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival Monday, July 10th

 GET OUT

Directed By: Jordan Peele, 103 min., USA Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater 180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027

Music By: DJ Brittofied, Live Music by V Ferg presents Creative Public Offering In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks In Get Out, a speculative thriller from the mind of Jordan Peele, a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation. Click here for more info!

MOVIES WITH A VIEW

Pariah

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Thu, July 13, 2017 6pm

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SELMA

With live score by Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra / Brooklyn United Marching Band MacArthur “genius” and jazz luminary Jason Moran joins Wordless Music Orchestra to provide an original live score for 2014’s Selma.

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 (RAIN DATE 8/13) 6:30PM GATES / 7:30PM SHOW Location 

Prospect Park Bandshell

9th Street & Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States

Get Directions

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Movie Under the Stars

Hidden Figures

Saturday, July 22, 2017

8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.

Know Before You Go

You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

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Outdoor Movie Night

Race

Sunday, July 23, 2017

8:30 p.m.–10:45 p.m.

Randall’s Island Park

Race (PG-13), Year: 2016, Run Time: 2 hr 14 min

Legendary black Olympian Jesse Owens competes in track and field at the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany, despite the host country’s attempts to turn the event into a celebration of national pride and Aryan supremacy.

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Movies Under the Stars

The Wiz

Monday, August 7, 2017

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

In the The Wiz, Dorothy chases after her dog during a NYC snowstorm, gets swept up by a cyclone and gets transplanted to the Land of Oz.

Please bring a blanket or low chair.

Location

Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street in Highland Park

Queens

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2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival Saturday, August 12th – Soul Train Tribute

THE 13th

Directed by: Ava DuVernay, 100 min., USA Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater 180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027

Music By: DJ Stormin Norman with live performances curated by InJoy Enterprises In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises, Sundae Sermon The Soul Train Tribute, arguably the hottest Jam in the park for six consecutive years, celebrates the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom Songs from the Soul Train Era!

This year’s film The 13th, a 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. With Music spun by DJ Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon, this tribute will feature music from Soul Train artists: James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists including: Abiah, Asa Lovechild, Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Petawayne, Lorinda Robinson, Shelly Nicole and more!

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CREED

 

With live score by Wordless Music Orchestra / Frank Haye & the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir Brooklyn collective Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted onstage by the score’s composer, Ludwig Goransson, provides the live score for Creed, a story of underdogs and redemption.

Friday, Aug 4, 2017 (RAIN DATE 8/6) 6:30PM GATES / 7:30PM SHOW

Location

Prospect Park Bandshell

9th Street & Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States

Get Directions

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2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival Saturday, August 19th- Harlem Week:

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Directed By: Raoul Peck, 93 min., USA St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

Music By: Live DJ Nominated for a 2017 Academy Award, the seed for I Am Not Your Negro was planted more than 35 years ago. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Through I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

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Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) (Venezuela/Peru)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017 |   Pre-screening performance begins at 7PM, Film begins at dusk

Socrates Sculpture Park

Bad Hair (Pelo Malo)  (Venezuela/Peru/Argentina/Germany)

Directed by Mariana Rondón; 2013, 93 mins.

A touching and humorous coming-of-gender story, BAD HAIR chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior, living in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo – bad hair – and for his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane to resemble his pop star idols. His mother has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Rondón grounds her film in the cultural realities of working-class Venezuela – and, by dint of two remarkable performances, finds warmth and humor between mother and son, even as the uncertainties of pre-adolescence threaten to pull them apart.

Programmed by Film Forum.

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2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival Saturday, August 26th- Harlem Week

QUEEN OF KATWE

 

Directed By: Mira Nair, 124 min., Uganda/South Africa/USA St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

Music By: Live DJ + Chess Activities for Kids by the St. Nicholas Chess Club In Partnership With: Harlem Week Starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe who learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.

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2017 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival Saturday, September 9th- Black Girl Magic

THE FITS

Directed By: Anna Rose Holmer, 72min, USA Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater 180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027

Music By: DJ Natasha Diggs, Live Music By InJoy Enterprise In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises A dreamy exploration of girlhood, The Fits follows an 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team. With live performances curated by Injoy Enterprises, this ode to Black women will feature one of NYC’s hottest female DJ’s, the Uptown Dance Academy, live music by an all female band led by drummer extraordinaire Camille Gainer Jones with performances from independent artists Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms and more!

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Outdoor Movie Night

Malcolm X

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

7:15 p.m.–10:40 p.m.

In celebration of our 25th anniversary many of this summer’s featured films will take us back to the year 1992! Whether a classic favorite or a recent blockbuster, Randall’s Island Park is an amazing place to take in a flick. Outdoor movie nights are presented in partnership with the NYC Parks. Free movies are screened every Sunday at sunset, from June trhough September.

Malcolm X (PG-13)

Year: 1992, Runtime: 3 hr 22 min

A biography chronicling the life and death of assassinated civil-rights leader Malcolm X.

 

Location Field 81 in Randall’s Island Park

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