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Socrates Sculpture Park Announces Summer Film Lineup

Dont_Look_Back_1967_5-889x1024June 3, 2015 By Jack Strawbridge

International film will take over Socrates Sculpture Park on Wednesday nights this summer for the 17th annual Outdoor Cinema festival.

The lineup, announced Tuesday, includes eight movies that take viewers from Alice’s wonderland to backstage with Bob Dylan to India’s Sonepur Fair. Socrates will present one film each Wednesday starting at sundown from July 1 to August 19.

For the first time this year, every film will be projected on a 40-foot wide screen, about double the size of past Outdoor Cinema screenings.

D.A. Pennebaker’s “Don’t Look Back,” a documentary about Bob Dylan, kicks off the festival on July 1. “Wadjda,” the first film directed by a Saudi woman, Swedish short films, and a visit to the whirlwind carnival of Sonepur Fair will also hit the screen. Jan Svankmajer’s “Alice,” a reimagining of the Lewis Carroll story, closes out the festival on August 19.

“This season spans nearly five decades of filmmaking, presenting historic documentaries alongside recent cinematic achievements,” Socrates Sculpture Park Executive Director John Hatfield said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to present all eight films on a 40-foot screen at the water’s edge, creating a magical cinematic experience here in Queens.”

Socrates will also host live performances ahead of the screenings at 7 p.m., starting with Queens-based singer songwriter Pam Reyes on July 1. According to a Socrates spokesperson, some local eateries will also be on site during the screenings, including Butcher Bar on July 1 and King of Falafel on August 12.

A full festival schedule is available at

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Amadeo Plaza

I stand by the notion that if you put on (the first) Jurassic Park, you’ll get record attendance. Haha.


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