Free! Outdoor! Summer! Movies in Brooklyn

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Your all-encompassing guide to Brooklyn’s largest free summer movie events: L Magazine’s SummerScreen, Syfy’s Movies with a View, and Rooftop Films Summer Series.

L Magazine’s SummerScreen Series: McCarren Park, every Wednesday at 6 pm

July 10: Can’t Hardly Wait — An homage to teen films of the 1980’s? Sounds like a good way to start the summer.

July 17: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure An even better pick. Tim Burton and Pee-Wee explore the importance of bicycles.

July 24: The Craft — ‘A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.’

July 31: The Goonies — ‘A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.’ Sean Astin before his later forays into Middle Earth.

August 7: Speed — ‘A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.’

August 14: Audience Choice

There will be food trucks and musical entertainment to kick off the show.


Syfy’s Movie with a View Series: Brooklyn Bridge Park, every Thursday at dusk

July 11: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – ‘A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.’ Iconic.

July 18: Enter the Dragon – ‘A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.’ The legendary Bruce Lee.

July 25: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – ‘A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.’ Starring Gene Wilder, source of memes.

August 1: 8 Mile – the Eminem creation story.

August 8: Roman Holiday – A beautiful film, directed by William Wyler. Story by Dalton Trumbo, featuring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

August 15: Rocky  Oscar for Best Picture, 1977. Stallone was also nominated for actor and screenplay, following two earlier writing/acting nominees, Chaplin and Welles.

August 22: Vertigo – Some would say Hitchcock’s finest, which may also be an inadvertent self-portrait.

August 29 – Audience Choice: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Good Will Hunting or Lost in Translation

Get to Brooklyn Bridge Park early to get a good spot and purchase snacks and drinks from local vendors including Blue Marble Ice Cream, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Subs, Lizzmonade Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar.


Rooftop Films: Features independent films, various locations and times, free movies are noted and regular screenings are $13

Friday, May 17
FREE SCREENING: Check out director Reuben Atlas’ doc Brothers Hypnotic, following the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, screens outside MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn. Atlas will be on hand for a Q&A, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will perform.

Saturday, May 18
Screening of New York Mayhem, a collection of short city-centric films, on the rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street at 3rd Avenue in Sunset Park.

Wednesday, June 12
FREE SCREENING: Interface Films, a tech-ey collection of short films documenting life in the computerized postmodern world, screens outdoors at MetroTech Commons.

Saturday, June 22
Frank V. Ross’ film Tiger Tail in Blue, about a young writer and his wife trying to stay afloat financially (and romantically) in NYC, screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Thursday, June 27
BAMcinemafest presents Drinking Buddies, a Joe Swanberg-directed film about two Chicagoans become romantically-involved while working together at a brewery. The film screens in the outdoor parking lot at BAMcinématek at Fulton Street and Ashland Place in Fort Greene.

Saturday, July 6
Mia Engberg’s film Belleville Baby, about a woman reminiscing about a quirky love affair in Paris, has its New York premiere on the roof of the Old American Can Factory at 232 Third Street in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Monday, July 8
FREE SCREENING: Bending Steel, a David Carroll-directed documentary exploring the lives of professional strongmen, screens on the Beach in Coney Island, W 12th and the beach, right near Luna Park.

Friday, July 12
A selection of short films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival screen on the rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street at 3rd Avenue in Sunset Park.

Thursday, July 18
Shaka King’s film Newlyweeds, a stoner romance about two pot-smoking Brooklynites, screens on the roof of the Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts, 143 Waverly Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Clinton Hill.

Friday, July 19
i hate myself 🙂, a film by Brooklyn director Joanna Arnow about her relationship with “poet-provocateur” James Kepple, screens on the roof of Industry City in Sunset Park.

Saturday, July 20
FREE SCREENING: Short Term 12, a film about a supervisor at a foster-care facility directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Thursday, July 25
Director Shannon Plumb’s film Towheads, following a New York mother and artist trying to balance her personal life with her professional one, screens on the roof of the Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts in Clinton Hill.

Friday, July 26
The annual Animation Block Party goes down on the lawn of Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology, 50 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.

Saturday, July 27
A selection of short films about technological innovation in the arts, including Eva Weber’s documentary, Black Out, screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Thursday, August 1
Daniel Dencik’s modern adventure/explorer film, The Expedition to the End of the World, screens at the Waterfront Museum aboard the 914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79, in the water at 290 Conover Street in Red Hook.

Friday, August 2
FREE SCREENING: Meredith Danluck presents North of South, West of East, an installation that uses four massive screens to tell separate storylines attempting to depict the American identity. The installation screens outdoors at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn.

Saturday, August 3
Cutie and the Boxer, a film about the 40-year marriage between New York painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Thursday, August 8
Lotfy Nathan’s film 12 O’Clock Boys, about a gang of young dirt bikers in West Baltimore, screens on the lawn of Automative High School in Williamsburg.

Friday, August 9
The Todd Sklar-directed film Awful Nice, about two brothers who travel to their family lake home after their father dies, screens on the rooftops of Industry City in Sunset Park.

Saturday, August 10
Director Petra Costa’s family drama, Elena, screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Friday, August 13
Documentary F— For Forest, about an environmental organization that makes cash by selling erotic films online, screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Saturday, August 17
The 2013 summer series concludes with a selection of sharp short films, screened on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus/Park Slope.

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