June 11, 2013 By Christian Murray
Long Island City, Queens: The 15th season of “Outdoor Cinema” is about to begin at Socrates Sculpture Park.
The eight-week international film festival, which will screen movies from several nations, kicks off on July 3rd. It will begin with an American movie, Our Nixon, in lieu of Independence Day.
The eight movies will be screened every Wednesday night through August 21. Typically, about 1,500 people attend each screening—most with blankets, pillows and food.
The organizers will feature a movie title from a specific nation each week. This year film titles are from countries such as Chad, the Dominican Republic, Romania and South Korea. Each film is presented in its original language, accompanied by English subtitles.
The organizers typically showcase a nation each week—based on where the given movie was filmed. Therefore, they offer cuisine and host cultural performances that represent that nation.
This year, the park has joined forces with Film Forum, which operates an independent theater in the West Village, to screen the films.
This will be the first time Film Forum will be playing movies outdoors. Film Forum is also selecting what’s playing.
Pre-screening performances begin at 7:00 pm with the films starting at sunset. Admission is free.