FREE FILMS EVERY MONDAY EVENING
Playing June 5 through August 21 at Dusk
Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park
Announcing the inaugural FREE outdoor summer cinema series Film Works Alfresco! This curated film series will focus foremost on presenting independent and popular films with local relevance that culturally resonate with the Northern Manhattan community. Twelve free screenings will occur consecutively every Monday evening at dusk at Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park from June 5 through August 21 in 2017. This seasonal cinema series expands public access to professional filmmaking in Northern Manhattan, and presents as diverse an array of films as the community it serves.
2017 FILM WORKS ALFRESCO SCHEDULE AND FILM INFORMATION
The Cherokee Word for Water – Monday, June 5, 2017
92 minutes. Drama in English and Cherokee with subtitles (2013, USA).
The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition.
La Leyenda de la Llorona – Monday, June 12, 2017
72 minutes. Animated Adventure Comedy en Español with English subtitles (2011, Mexico).
Based on a famous Mexican legend, a group of kids must stop the ghost of a woman whose guilt over the drowning of her own children leads her to abduct youngsters who wander the woods at night in this subtitled, Spanish language animated adventure.
A Dog’s Life / The Kid by Charlie Chaplin – Monday, June 19, 2017
33 and 53 minutes. Silent Comedy (1918, 1921, USA).
A double feature of Short silent films written, directed and produced by Charlie Chaplin. In A Dog’s Life, the “Tramp” plays opposite of “Scraps” the dog, who helps him towards a better life in the big city. When it was made, it was both the longest Chaplin production to that time and, as he would later claim, the first in which he seriously considered comic plot construction.
The Kid is Chaplin’s first full-length feature film and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. Chaplin titled the opening of film as “A picture with a smile–and perhaps, a tear” as it is regarded as his most perfect and personal film, and one of the greatest films of the silent era.
Los Sures – Monday, June 26, 2017
57 minutes. Documentary (1984, USA).
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City.
Summer Shorts: Inwood Outdoors – Monday, July 3, 2017
50 minutes. Comedy, Drama, and Documentary (2015, USA).
Enjoy a curated selection of short films that showcase the multi-cultural diversity found in Northern Manhattan’s gem of a neighborhood by looking right outside your door. All films selected are made in the Inwood community and by Inwood community filmmakers. Featuring:
Two Oh Seven directed by Davis Hall
Venticino: El Domino directed by Yuby Hernandez and Ben Nager Sadoff
Leaves by Whit K. Lee
This Burning House by Rich Perez
8am-8pm by Cristobal Vivar
The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. directed by Jonathan Ullman.
Ballplayer: Pelotero – Monday, July 10, 2017
77 minutes. Documentary en Español and English with subtitles in English (2011, Dominican Republic).
For 16-year old Dominican baseball players, or Peloteros, the only real chance to escape crushing poverty comes every July 2, the day they become eligible to sign professional baseball contracts. Ballplayer: Pelotero provides an intimate portrait of two prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary, and often corrupt elements that surround Major League Baseball’s recruitment of the island’s top talent. Narrated by John Leguizamo.
Gold Diggers of 1933 – Monday, July 17, 2017
97 minutes. Musical Comedy with subtitles en Español. (1933, USA).
Based on the hit Broadway play by Avery Hopwood, it follows the story of a wealthy composer who rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play. Amazingly, the film was able to be made during the great depression by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics). However, it is most notably remembered for the creative staging and dazzling choreography by Busby Berkeley, and for Ginger Rodgers’ famous rendition of “We’re in the Money.” Because of its impact on the movie-musical, in 2003 it was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones (or Tad, The Lost Explorer) – Monday, July 24, 2017
92 minutes. Animated Adventure Comedy en Español with English Subtitles (2012, Spain).
Tad is a celebrity archeologist and adventurer just like his hero Max Mordon…in his dreams! In reality, Tad is a Chicago construction worker. One day, however, he is mistaken for a real Professor and takes his place on a flight to Peru in search of the Lost City of Paititi. Spanish film magazine Frames calls Tad, The Lost Explorer the best film of Spanish animation history.
An American Tail – Monday, July 31, 2017
80 minutes. Animated Musical Adventure (1986, USA).
While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. Featuring voice over performances by Christopher Plummer, Dom DeLuise, and Madeline Kahn, as well as a moving and memorable score that includes the billboard hit “Somewhere Out There.”
Before the Flood – Monday, August 7, 2017
95 minutes. Documentary (2016, USA).
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change – would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Artic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood present a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the firm urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.
Los Domirriqueños – Monday, August 14, 2017
115 minutes. Comedy in Español (2016, Puerto Rico).
In a neighborhood where Dominicans and Puerto Ricans live in community, they must learn to put their differences aside and work together to prevent the demolition of their basketball court. Should they fail, their beloved basketball court will be demolished by a greedy developer. Eduardo Ortiz directs several popular Puerto Rican and Dominican film and television stars in a fun and hilarious take on Latino culture.
On the Town – Monday, August 21, 2017
98 minutes. Musical Comedy with subtitles in Spanish. (1948, USA).
New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town – especially in this classic adaptation of the 1944 Broadway musical, directed and choreographed by Gene Kelley. Featuring Academy Award -winning score by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, we follow three sailors (Frank Sinatra, Jules, Munshin, and Gene Kelly) on a day of shore leave in the Big Apple looking for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.
LOCATION AND ADMISSION
Gaelic Field is located near the salt marsh in Inwood Hill Park and is accessible by entry at Isham Street, 215th Street, and at 218th Street.
FREE for all. No admission required.
PRE-SHOW ENTERTAINMENT INFORMATION
Inwood Art Works is with collaborating with multiple Northern Manhattan community partners including Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Friends of Inwood Hill Park, DANCER, New Perspectives Theater, Eagle and Condor Community Center, and others to present exciting pre-show entertainment; such as live music, puppetry, dance, and much more each week. Stay alert for upcoming announcements!
Partial Support for Film Work Alfresco is provided with support from the Partnerships for Parks Inwood Parks Grant, made possible by Columbia University.
Film Works Alfresco is additionally funded by The Neighborhood 360° Program. The Neighborhood 360° Program was created by the NYC Department of Small Business Services to identify, develop, and launch commercial revitalization projects in partnership with local stakeholders.
“Cultural and artistic events breathe life into our public spaces and neighborhoods,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I’m thrilled that Film Works Alfresco will be in Inwood Hill Park this summer, and commend Inwood Art Works for its efforts to bring culturally relevant arts programming into this community.” – Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President.
“Strong neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, and the nearly $1.23 million we invested in Inwood will go a long way towards revitalizing key commercial corridors,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “Working with the Washington Heights Business Improvement District and their partner Inwood Art Works, we are responding to local need to support small business growth and build a more vibrant neighborhood.” – Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of New York City Department of Small Business Services.