It was a long, cold winter, but we here at Red Hook Flicks kept warm doing what we do best–dreaming of summer sunsets on the pier and planning an AWESOME slate of free movies! We can’t wait to share this year’s lineup with you at our annual fundraiser. Come out and join us on Sunday, May 31st at 5 p.m. at Red Hook Bait and Tackle. There’ll be food from our sponsors and raffle madness with an amazing array of prizes from local businesses, including Foxy & Winston, Saxelby Cheesemongers, and Tribe Bicycle Co.!
And perhaps MOST importantly, you get to vote on this season’s NEIGHBORHOOD CHOICE film! Last year the classic (and Red Hook set) On the Waterfront won out. What will it be this year? As always, that’s up to you. Your $10 entrance donation includes free food and one automatic vote–but there’s always the option to purchase more. Ballot stuffing and write-in candidates are highly encouraged!
And so are Movies on the Pier! But first, our annual fundraiser, which takes place on Sunday May 31st this year at the Red Hook Bait & Tackle. Mark your calendars and please come by and show your support. In return we’ll have delicious food from our sponsors, the chance to win some great prizes, and as always you’ll be able to find out the summer’s slate of movies before anyone else does! Stay tuned to this space for more details in the coming weeks.
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!