Summer in the City

May 29, 2018

by Inwood Art Works

Taking Charge of Change, an exhibition and fundraising auction for Inwood Art Works featuring painting, drawing, works on paper, collage, printmaking, photography, mixed media, and illustration from emerging and established artists in Inwood and Washington Heights. Art can viewed and bid on throughout the exhibition period only at the gallery from Friday, June 1  to Saturday June 30.

Details here and here.

FREE FILMS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

Playing June through August at Dusk

Featuring local artists as pre-show entertainment!

Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park

New York, NY —- Announcing the second annual season of Inwood Art Works’ FREE outdoor summer cinema series Film Works Alfresco!  This curated film series focus foremost on presenting independent and popular films with local relevance that culturally resonate with the Northern Manhattan community. Eleven free screenings will occur consecutively every Monday evening at dusk at Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park from June 4 through August 27 (including two rain dates) in 2018.  Come early and enjoy special pre-show music and theatrical entertainment by local artists!

Film Works Alfresco is New York City’s only English and Spanish language free outdoor cinema series. This important film program expands public access to professional filmmaking in Northern Manhattan, and presents as diverse an array of films as the community it serves.  The Film Works Alfresco is produced by Inwood Art Works, Aaron Simms, Founding Executive Producer.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE AND FILM INFORMATION

Swing Time – Monday, June 4, 2018 – 103 minutes.  Musical Comedy in English with Spanish subtitles (1936, USA).  Appropriate for Families and Young Adult.   Pre-show entertainment in partnership withNorthern Manhattan Arts Alliance presents a Free Instructional Dance Class with Harlem One Stop at 7:30pm.  In the case of inclement weather, the pre-show & screening will be moved indoors to Culture Hub at 440 West 202nd Street.

 

Swing Time is often named as the best or most popular musical/romance of dancing duo Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.  The film’s most indelible image is that of Fred Astaire, immaculately attired in top hat and tails, hopping a freight car–a perfect encapsulation of the film’s Depression-era cheekiness. The Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields score includes such standards-to-be as “Pick Yourself Up,” “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Never Gonna Dance” and “Bojangles of Harlem.”

 

Tres Idiotas – Monday, June 11, 2018 – 106 minutes. Romantic Comedy in Spanish with English subtitles (2017, Mexico).  Appropriate for Families and Young Adult. Pre-show entertainment in partnership withNorthern Manhattan Arts Alliance presents Marimba: Mariana Ramirez with Andrew Beall at 7:30pm.  In the case of inclement weather, the pre-show & screening will be moved indoors to Culture Hub at 440 West 202nd Street.

 

A group of life-long friends go on a wild adventure full of laughs, in search of one of their closest college buddies who disappeared without a trace a day before their big graduation day. Five years after graduating college, Felipe and Beto decide to search for Pancho, their long-lost friend who was the undisputed leader of the pack. The three friends, all engineering students, go through unforgettable times together during their wild school days, forging a strong bond which proves capable of withstanding even the most unexpected obstacles!

 

Blancanieves – Monday, June 18, 2018 – 105 minutes.  Silent Drama (2012, Spain).  Appropriate for Young Adult.  Pre-show entertainment in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance presents aFlamenco performance by Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company at 7:30pm.  In the case of inclement weather, the pre-show & screening will be moved indoors to Culture Hub at 440 West 202nd Street.

 

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in 1920s, Blancanieves is a moving, eerie, and fascinating and black-and-white silent film.

 

Bad News Bears  – Monday, June 25, 1976 – 102 minutes. Dramatic Comedy in English with Spanish subtitles. (1976, USA).  Appropriate for Older Children and Young Adult.  Pre-show entertainment in partnership with Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance presents a musical performance by New York City Brass at 7:30pm.  In the case of inclement weather, the pre-show & screening will be moved indoors to Culture Hub at 440 West 202nd Street.

 

The coach is waiting for his next beer. The pitcher is waiting for her first bra. The team is waiting for a miracle. Consider the possibilities when former minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker takes a job offer to coach the Bears, a bunch of misfits who have no baseball talent. In what may be considered the best American Sports Movie ever made, Roger Ebert called it “an unblinking, scathing look at competition in American society.”

 

Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Monday, July 2, 2017 – 89 minutes. Animated Drama in Spanish with English subtitles.  (2011, USA). Appropriate for Families and Young Adult. Pre-show music performance by The Bridgeport Jazz Trio at 7:30pm.

 

Based on the award-winning graphic novel by Pablo Roca, Arrugas (Wrinkles) revolves around the friendship between two elderly men, one showing signs of the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, in an elderly care facility.  Arrugas is an amusing, empathetic, and poignant look of how society addresses the human decline.

 

The Dark Crystal – Monday, July 9, 2018 – 93 minutes. Fantasy in English with Spanish subtitles (1982, USA). Appropriate for Children and Young Adult.  Pre-show puppet performance by Eric Taylor and Katrina Denny from The Puppet Kitchen at 8:00pm.

 

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to this world.  Jim Henson and company create a fantastic adventure film with ground-breaking animatronics and effects that take the viewer through an epic imaginative journey.

 

A Dog’s Purpose – Monday, July 16, 2018 – 100 minutes. Comedy in English with Spanish subtitles. (2017, USA). Appropriate for Families and Young Adult.  Pre-show music performance by the Don Slatoff Jazz Trio at 7:30pm.

 

Based on the best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devote dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

 

El Angel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) – Monday, July 23, 2018 – 95 minutes. Surreal Comedy in Spanish with English subtitles (1962, Mexico).  Appropriate for Young Adult. Pre-show theatrical performance of Urbano’s Circus created by Richard Grunn begins at 7:30pm.

 

Edmundo Nobile invites friends over for an opulent dinner party. While the guests enjoy their food, the servants disappear one by one. Afterward, the visitors retire to the salon for an evening of music and conversation — but in the morning, they are mysteriously incapable of leaving the room.Luis Buñuel’s sharply satirical and allegory of the ruling class in Franco’s Spain is considered one of the top foreign language films of all time.

 

Before the Flood – Monday, July 30, 2018 – 95 minutes. Documentary in English (2016, USA). Appropriate for Families and Young Adult.  Pre-show music performance of “One World Suite” byCombo Nuvo at 7:00pm.

 

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.

 

Coco  – Monday, August 6, 2018 – 105 minutes. Animated Comedy in English with Spanish Subtitles. (2017, USA). Appropriate for Families and Young Adult.  Pre-show music performance by Luis Cortes at 7:00pm.

 

Aspiring musician, Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great grandfather, a legendary singer.

 

King Kong – Monday, August 13, 2018 – 104 minutes.  Horror Adventure in English with Spanish subtitles. (1933, USA). Appropriate for Young Adult. Pre-show music performance by mezzo-soprano Laura Virellaat 7:00pm.

 

A film crew goes to “Skull Island” for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star.  He is then captured and brought to New York City for public exhibition as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

LOCATION AND ADMISSION

Gaelic Field is located near the salt marsh in Inwood Hill Park and is accessible by entry at Isham Street and at 218th Street.

FREE for all.  No admission required.

In the case of inclement weather:

  • the events in June will be moved indoors to Culture Hub at 440 West 202nd Street.
  • the events in July and August will be rescheduled at Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park for August 20 or 27.

SUPPORT

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.

QUOTES

“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.

BIOGRAPHY

INWOOD ART WORKS creates and curates professional performing and visual arts in Inwood and its surrounding community.  Through its Film Works (Inwood Film Festival, Film Works Alfresco), Art Works (Gallery), and Stage Works (Culture Hub, Back Porch Show) programs it encourages positive social engagement, goodwill, and unity through live theater, music, dance, film, new media, and visual arts within accessible proximity at affordable prices or free of charge.

AARON SIMMS is a New Yorker from Cincinnati.  Among his credits, he has company managed the acclaimed Off Broadway runs of Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical Experience, Small Mouth Sounds, andWrestling Jerusalem.  He has worked at Maximum Entertainment Productions, Snug Harbor Productions, Richards/Climan, Inc., Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Realm, DR Theatrical Management, and ICM Partners.  He is a founding member of Northern Manhattan Arts and Culture, and the Founding Executive Producer of Inwood Art Works.  In addition, he is a union member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and I.A.T.S.E.   He holds a B.A. in Theater from Butler University, and an M.F.A. in Theater Management & Producing from Columbia University.

 

 

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For more information, visit www.inwoodartworks.nyc

Follow Inwood Film Festival programming: @InwoodArtWorks

 

 

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