Get Outdoors for Brooklyn's Summer Film Screenings

By Paul DeBenedetto on May 24, 2013 7:49am 

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 Watch outdoor films this summer, all over the borough.
Outdoor Films in Brooklyn
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BROOKLYN — Weather be damned — Brooklyn is ready for the unofficial start of summer this weekend with the beginning of its annual outdoor film screenings.

From high up on the rooftops of Gowanus to the beach blankets of Coney Island, this season will offer plenty of options for the borough's film buffs.

This year showcases classics such as "Rocky" and "Grease" alongside cult classics such as "The Craft." There are even some outlets for short films, and for first-time filmmakers to show off their work.

Entrance to each of the below screenings is free, except for Rooftop Films, which sells tickets unless otherwise noted.

Habana Outpost Movie Night, 757 Fulton St., Fort Greene

This eco-friendly spot — which features a bicycle-powered blender for do-it-yourself frozen margaritas and a bathroom with a rain filtration system — has already begun showing its annual summer film series, and will continue to do so every Sunday night at 8 p.m. through October. Spring for the popular Mexican grilled corn with cheese, chili powder and lime if you're looking for a movie snack, or check out their full menu if you're looking for something a little more filling.

May 26 - Purple Rain

June 2 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

June 9 - Salsa

June 16 - National Lampoon's Vacation

June 23 - White Men Can't Jump

June 30 - The Outsiders

July 7 - Say Anything

July 14 - School Daze

July 21 - Can't Buy Me Love

July 28 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Aug 4 - Pretty in Pink

Aug 11 - Stand By Me

Aug 18 - Grease

Aug 25 - Fame

Sep 1 - The Goonies

Sep 8 - Down By Law

Sep 15 - Saturday Night Fever

Sep 22 - Hairspray

Sep 29 - Back to the Future

Oct 6 - Shaft

Oct 13 - Blade Runner

Oct 20 - Mad Max

Oct 27 - Edward Scissorhands

SummerScreen 2013, McCarren Park, Williamsburg

This sprawling film series returns this summer with a free movie every Wednesday in July and August at sundown, plus a music lineup curated by promoter Todd P. of SHOWPAPER starting at 6 p.mThis year features an "audience pick" on the sixth and final Wednesday, and fans can vote for Mallrats, the Neverending Story, High Fidelity, the Breakfast Club, the Big Lebowski, Heathers or Scream on Facebook.

 8 Mile is playing at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 1.
8 Mile is playing at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 1.
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July 10 - Can't Hardly Wait

July 17 - Pee Wee's Big Adventure

July 24 - The Craft

July 31 - The Goonies

Aug 7 - Speed

Aug 14 - (Audience Pick)

Brooklyn Bridge Park Syfy Movies With a View, Brooklyn Heights, Thursdays in July and August at 6 p.m.

This year, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has chosen the theme "With Love From...," a celebration of films with iconic locations, Thursdays in July and August at 6 p.m. The final day also features an audience vote, where the public can choose Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Las Vegas), Good Will Hunting (Boston) or Lost in Translation (Tokyo.)

July 11 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Chicago)

July 18 - Enter the Dragon (Hong Kong)

July 25 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (London)

Aug 1 - 8 Mile (Detroit)

Aug 6 - Roman Holiday (Rome)

Aug 15 - Rocky (Philadelphia)

Aug 22 - Vertigo (San Francisco)

Aug 29 - (Public Vote)

Prospect Park Bandshell

Better known for its outdoor concerts featuring bands like They Might be Giants and Belle & Sebastian, Celebrate Brooklyn nonetheless has two screenings for movie buffs to enjoy this summer, complete with a live score. The Phillip Glass Ensemble will perform the score Glass himself composed for the film in 1998, while the live score to Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was composed by Dan Romer and director Benh Zeitlin, will be performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra.

July 13 - Dracula (with live score by the Phillip Glass Ensemble), 7:30 p.m.

Aug 8 - Beasts of the Southern Wild (with live score by Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, & The Wordless Music Orchestra), 8 p.m.

Rooftop Films Summer Series

The Summer Series from Rooftop Films promises "underground movies outdoors" in multiple locations throughout August, and includes independent feature length films and shorts. The organizers choose the film to suit the venue, and most screenings include a Q & A session with the filmmakers, according to their website. (Free screenings are marked as such.)

June 12, Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn - Interface Innovation (Short Films) (Free)

June 22, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Tiger Tail in Blue

June 27, BAM Cinematek Outdoors, Fort Greene - Drinking Buddies

July 6, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Belleville Baby

July 8, on the beach at Coney Island - Bending Steel (Free)

July 26, Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology, Williamsburg - Animation Block Party (Short Films)

July 27, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Industriance: Black Out (Short Films)

Aug 2, Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn - North of South, West of East (Free)

Aug 3, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Cutie and the Boxer

Aug 8, Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology, Williamsburg - Twelve O'Clock Boys

Aug 10, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Elena

Aug 16, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - F-ck For Forest

Aug 17, The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus - Rooftop Shots

In addition to the schedules featured above, some other venues are showing films throughout the summer, but haven't posted a schedule online.

Lavender Lake, at 383 Carroll St. in Gowanus, has free movie nights every Tuesday and Wednesday night through the summer.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach will screen free movies Monday nights in July and August.

Tropfest, in Prospect Park on June 22, is the world's largest short-film festival founded more than 20 years ago in Australia, according to the city.

Piper Theatre Workshops, at the Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope, hosts Piper Films, where students work to create one short film per week during the month of July, according to the city. Finished products are shown on an outdoor screen.

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