Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

(released 8/14/2018)

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival will be Tuesday, August 14 thru Friday, August 17, 2018. Inside Central Park, the screenings will take place around 8 p.m. at Frisbee Hill, north of Sheep Meadow. Enter the park on the east and west sides of 72nd Street.  The location is mid-park 69th Street beside Le Pain Quotidien.

The Museum of Moving Image and Museum of the City of New York are teaming up to bring this summer tradition for the 16th annual edition.  "We are thrilled to partner with two fellow cultural institutions who each contribute immeasurably to New York City's vibrant cultural landscape," said Elizabeth W. Smith, President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. The event is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The following films are programmed for the festival:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (Cancelled due to weather)
Hair (1979, PG) - Directed by Milos Forman (who died this year), choreographed by Twyla Tharp, and based on the popular Broadway musical of the 60s, this classic comedy-drama tells the story of Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City on his way to joining the Army and strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies in Central Park.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Crooklyn (1994, PG-13) - Directed by Spike Lee and written by Lee with his sister Joie Lee and brother Cinqué Lee, this semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband, and their five kids takes place in Brooklyn in 1973. The film features a memorable performance by the director himself. In 2017, the film was the winner of the mayor's inaugural "One Film, One New York" contest, which invited New Yorkers to vote on which of five city-related films should be shown for free at cinemas across the five boroughs.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, PG) - Bronx-born director Stanley Kubrick co-wrote, directed, and produced this witty political satire about Cold War politics and an accidental nuclear attack. Starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, this landmark film was the first commercially successful political satire about nuclear war.
Throughout the summer Stanley Kubrick's work as a photojournalist for Look magazine will be featured in an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York called Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs featuring more than 120 photographs by the iconic director from the Museum's archive.

Friday, August 17, 2018
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984, G) - Directed by Frank Oz, this fun confection of old-fashioned entertainment features Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the whole Muppet crew striving to bring their variety show, "Manhattan Melodies", to Broadway.

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