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Lee's Crooklyn is One Film, One New York
(released 9/10/2017)    
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Spike Lee - pictured here at the Apple Store SoHo promoting Da Sweet Blood of Jesus - February 9, 2015
Spike Lee - pictured here at the Apple Store SoHo promoting Da Sweet Blood of Jesus - February 9, 2015

One Film One New York is a celebration of New York film. The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment put a call out to all five boroughs to choose their favorite New York-centric flick. New York, you have chosen Spike Lee's CROOKLYN as ONE FILM ONE NEW YORK. Commissioner Julie Menin and chief film critics of The New York Times announced the ode to brownstone Brooklyn was chosen and will screen for all five boroughs for free on September 13, 2017.

"Crooklyn was written by my younger siblings Joie, Cinque Lee and I." said Spike Lee. The script is a translation of life in pre-gentrified Fort Greene Brooklyn known as "Da Republic of Brooklyn". The film is also a love letter to the Lee family matriarch who passed away from liver cancer at the young age of 41. The Lees describe their mother Jacquelyn Shelton Lee's life as brief but bold.

"We are thrilled that native son Spike Lee's film is the one New Yorkers have chosen to watch together on September 13th," said Julie Menin, Media and Entertainment Commissioner. "Film has the power to unite us in these tumultuous times, and this film celebrates New York in such a creative and resonant way. We're also delighted to provide the opportunity for all New Yorkers to come out, and bring the whole family, at no cost, and to support the city's culturally vital independent theaters."

To celebrate the film, Commissioner Menin and New York Times critic A.O Scott along with Trudie Styler will host a screening at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. The hosts will congratulate Spike in person that night as he introduces the film for the audience. The screenings are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis and will begin at 6p.m. on the 13th.

Spike will also be making surprise visits to other screening venues throughout the five boroughs.

Here is a list of the venues planned as published by the Mayor's Office:
    
PARKS
· Brooklyn — Fort Greene Park
o Rain location: McCarren Play Center
· The Bronx — Crotona Park
o Rain location: St. Mary's Recreation Center
· Manhattan — St. Nicholas Park in Harlem
o Rain location: Highbridge Recreation Center
· Queens — Windmuller Park / Lawrence Virgilio Playground
o Rain location: Al Oerter Recreation Center
· Staten Island — Cloves Lake Park
o Rain location: Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex

MOVIE THEATERS
· Alamo Drafthouse Cinema — 445 Albee Square W #4, Brooklyn
Screening begins at 5 p.m. and tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis in the lobby at a check-in desk.
· Nitehawk Cinema — 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
Screening begins at 9:30 p.m., seating is first-come, first-serve. Line starts at 8:30 p.m. and doors open at 9 p.m. RSVP is required.
· Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, Manhattan — 165 W 65th St, New York
The event begins at 6 p.m. Free tickets for the public will be available at the Walter Reade Theater box office beginning one hour prior to the screening, with first-come, first-serve seating. The line may form in advance of this time.
· Symphony Space — 2537 Broadway, New York
Screening begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Symphony Space website.
· BAM Rose Cinemas — 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Screening begins at 9:30 p.m. Seating is limited, tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the BAM Rose Cinemas website.
· Quad Cinema — 34 W 13th St, New York
Screening begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets will be available at the box office one hour before. with first-come, first-serve seating. For more information, visit the Quad Cinema website.
· Kew Gardens Cinemas, Queens — 81-05 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, Queens
Screening begins at 1 p.m., with first-come, first-served seating. Tickets are available for pick up now through September 13 at the box office.
· Williamsburg Cinemas — 217 Grand St, Brooklyn
Screening begins at 1 p.m., with first-come, first-served seating. Tickets are available for pick up now through September 13 at the box office.
· Cobble Hill Cinemas — 265 Court St, Brooklyn
Screening begins at 1 p.m., seating is first-come, first-serve. Tickets are available for pick up now through September 13 at the box office.
· Museum of the Moving Image — 36-01 35th Ave, Queens
· Atrium Stadium Cinema — 680 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island
Screening begins at 8 p.m., seating is first-come, first-serve. Tickets will be available at the box office starting September 6.



 
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