Today as you all know is the final screening for Red Hook Flicks’ 2014 season. Today is also the day the Parks Department inexplicably began putting up fencing for a capital improvement project with no notice to the community and despite our permits for tonight’s event. How will this effect the screening? Well, thankfully, things were worked out in a mad rush this morning and we can still use the pier, albeit in a constrained fashion, but the larger question on many people’s minds is how does this effect the community in the long term? If you’re a Red Hooker and frustrated by the fact that this is the second park in our neighborhood this year to be fenced off with seemingly no public notice or community involvement–and no timeline for how long we’re being denied access–there are ways to get involved. Council Member Carlos Menchaca is already on the case (you can read his statement here) but it can’t hurt to contact his office and add your voice to the chorus. And several residents have formed a group to try to gain a voice with the parks department. More info here.
In the meantime, come out tonight, enjoy the film, have some great food, support our sponsors, and let’s close the season right!
It’s hard to believe but this tuesday is our final film of the 2014 series– and it’s also the one that you, the audience, voted for! Our Neighborhood Choice this season is Elia Kazan’s 1954 classic ON THE WATERFRONT. Set in Red Hook, but filmed in Hoboken, ON THE WATERFRONT is based on a series of Pulitzer-Prize winning articles by Malcolm Johnson that examined the crime-riddled world of the New York docks. The film stars Marlon Brando as the once-promising boxer Terry Malone as he attempts to stand up to his corrupt union bosses, and also features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and, in her big-screen debut, Eva Marie Saint. It was nominated for a dozen Academy Awards, and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Supporting Actress for Saint.
ON THE WATERFRONT is brought to you by MOVERS NOT SHAKERS and RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND, who will be serving their extraordinary lobster rolls (both Connecticut and Maine styles–$16), Red Hook Dawgs ($4), and Cape Cod Chips ($2). Plus as always, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies will be open late across the parking lot and selling their tarts, pies, and swingles, King Leche Cremes will be on hand with their hand-crafted goats milk ice cream, and Heba Deli will be serving beverages. So come on down and celebrate the end of summer in style!
It’s hard to believe, but this tuesday is our second-to-last film in the 2014 season and we’re gearing up to go out with a bang with INDEPENDENCE DAY! Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sci-fi disaster film follows the surivors of a planet-wide attack on Earth as they make a last-ditch effort to fend off the alien invadors. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Vivica A. Fox, and Harry Connick, Jr., INDEPENDENCE DAY is presented by WATERFRONT KITCHENS and MARK’S PIZZA. MARKS’s will be serving up pizza by the slice; STEVE’S KEY LIME will be open serving their pies, tarts, and swingles; and KING LECHE CREMES will be on site with their hand-crafted goats milk ice cream bars. Show starts at 8:30 PM. See you at the pier!
With heavy thunderstorms predicted for tonight and a coastal flood warning in effect, we’re going to move it, move it on over to Atelier Roquette for this evening’s screening of MADAGASCAR! But never fear, Icehouse will still be on hand, serving pulled pork, cole slaw, and mac cheese for dinner. The ladies of Home/Made will have beer and wine available. And King Leche Cremes will also be there selling their wonderful goat milk ice cream bars for the kids, in flavors that include Blushing Grasshopper, Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Vanilla with Mixed Berries. Sweet! (Literally!!)
We’re an outdoor film series, so we’re always doing the no-rain dance and wishing for clear skies. After all, with a park as beautiful as Valentino Pier, who wouldn’t want to spend the evening lazing in the grass, enjoying cool breezes off of Buttermilk Channel, and eating amazing food from our sponsors?
But we happen to be very fortunate with our rain space this year. Our friends and sponsors over at HOME/MADE have made their super-cool catering space, Atelier Roquette (63 Commerce Street, between Van Brunt and Richards–just down the block from Stumptown), available to us for inclement evenings. With couches to lounge on and plenty of room to spread out your blankets and beach chairs, it’s our home away from home when the weather gods send us a foul night. And did we mention the added bonus of wine and beer to wash down those delicious dinners from our sponsors? Well, it’s almost enough to make you pray for a little rain every now and then!
Come find out what happens when four pampered, urban zoo animals are accidentally shipped back to Africa in MADAGASCAR. The 2005 animated film features the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Sacha Baron Cohen and is brought to you by PICKETT FURNITURE and BROOKLYN ICE HOUSE. As always we’ll have a delicious dinner in store for you all. Ice House will be on hand with a fabulous BBQ menu (pulled pork, cole slaw, and mac n cheese–$5 each), and there’ll be pies and tarts from STEVE’S KEY LIME and goat milk ice-cream bars from King Leche Cremes! MMMMM. See you at the pier!
In addition to tonight’s screening of PARIS IS BURNING, our friends at the African Film Festival are sharing Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania’s 2013 short WOODEN HAND with us. Set in Tunis, the film follows the adventures of a young girl named Amira who decides she’ll do anything to avoid going to school that day–including superglueing her hands to a chair! This charming, funny, and visually lush film will start the evening’s festivities off, so be there by 8:30 if you want to catch its al fresco premiere. The main attraction will follow immediately thereafter! See you at the pier…