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Gov­er­nors Island and Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter Announce Free Sum­mer Screen­ings for 2019

UPDAT­ED July 12, 2019 – The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter announced today its line­up of free out­door movie screen­ings for the 2019 sea­son. For its sec­ond year, Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter will curate three out­door screen­ings through­out the sea­son, inspired by the city we all call home. This year’s out­door film series will take place on the Island’s his­toric Parade Ground, an eight-acre lawn with expan­sive open views of Low­er Man­hat­tan. The series will be pro­duced by Rooftop Films. 

The films fea­tured in this year’s edi­tion of Escape in New York” cel­e­brate all the ways in which our city, like cin­e­ma itself, pro­vides vis­i­tors, new arrivals, and life­long res­i­dents alike with infi­nite avenues of escape: from the hum­drum rou­tines of a strait­laced exis­tence, from the frus­tra­tions and indig­ni­ties of child­hood, and from the pain of one’s own past. This season’s series will kick off with a screen­ing of School of Rock on Fri­day, June 14. Oth­er films to be show­cased include Mar­tin Scorsese’s dark com­e­dy clas­sic After Hours and Michel Gondry’s Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind, each paired with an inde­pen­dent short film by a local film­mak­er select­ed by Film at Lin­coln Center’s pro­gram­ming team. 

In 2018, our inau­gur­al film series pre­sent­ed in part­ner­ship with Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter was a huge suc­cess, giv­ing new audi­ences the oppor­tu­ni­ty to spend evenings on Gov­er­nors Island, expe­ri­enc­ing in icon­ic NYC films with the icon­ic sky­line of Low­er Man­hat­tan as a back­drop,” said Mered­ith John­son, VP of Arts and Cul­ture at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We are thrilled to dive into year two of this land­mark series, solid­i­fy­ing the Island and the cen­ter of New York Har­bor as the best place in the city to watch a movie under the stars.” 

As part of our 50th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in 2019, we are offer­ing a vari­ety of excit­ing sum­mer­time Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter events, and we’re delight­ed that our con­tin­u­ing series of out­door screen­ings at Gov­er­nors Island can be part of these cel­e­bra­tions,” said Lesli Klain­berg, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Film at Lin­coln Cen­ter. These free events recall the ori­gins of our orga­ni­za­tion, when we pro­duced Films in the Parks, out­door screen­ings around the city in the 1970s. We’re thrilled to again work with the Gov­er­nors Island team, and we expect to build upon the excite­ment we cre­at­ed last year with this new slate of films.” 

Screen­ings will be free and open to the pub­lic with pre-show enter­tain­ment includ­ing a DJ kick­ing off at 6pm and the films begin­ning at dusk. Food and drinks will be avail­able for pur­chase at each screen­ing, includ­ing a beer gar­den by Threes Brew­ing, food by Mak­i­na Café, Gary’s Steaks, People’s Pops, Melt Bak­ery and more. 

Dur­ing out­door screen­ings, evening fer­ry ser­vice will run from Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing in Low­er Man­hat­tan, locat­ed at 10 South Street, depart­ing Low­er Man­hat­tan at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm. Fer­ries will return to Low­er Man­hat­tan from Sois­sons Land­ing at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00pm.

Full Sched­ule

June 14: School of Rock (Richard Lin­klater, 2003, 108m), pre­ced­ed by Mr. Yel­low Sweat­shirt (Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook, 20178m) 

Please note, the screen­ing of After Hours has been resched­uled from 712 to 719.
July 19:
After Hours (Mar­tin Scors­ese, 1985, 98m), pre­ced­ed by Ada (Eleanore Pien­ta, 201811m) 

August 9: Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004, 108m), pre­ced­ed by To the Unknown (Michael Almerey­da, 20186m) 

For more infor­ma­tion on the line­up, vis­it gov​is​land​.org and film​linc​.org.