Sept. 11, 2014 By Christian Murray
The first movie to be screened at Hunters Point South Park will take place later this month, with the presentation of Julie & Julia, a movie that was shot in Long Island City.
The movie will be shown outdoors on the oval (by LIC Landing and the ferry) on Saturday, September 20, at 7:30 pm, with the backdrop being the Manhattan skyline.
Julie & Julia is a movie that contrasts the life of chef Julia Child with the experiences of Long Island City resident Julie Powell, who attempted to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in a year, which she described on her blog.
The blog was turned into a book that inspired the movie starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci. The movie, which was released in 2009, was nominated for an Academy Award.
The Hunters Point Park Conservancy selected the movie because much of it was filmed in Long Island City and it was inspired by local resident Julie Powell who will attend the movie and be available to answer questions.
“I’ve lived in LIC for 12 years,” Powell said in a statement. “Its streets, arts, parks and especially people are my inspiration. Having Julie & Julia screened at Hunters Point is so exciting for me, and such an honor.”
This film and future films at the park are being sponsored by the real estate firm NestSeekers International. Another movie is tentatively scheduled for October.
The organizers ask attendees to bring blankets or towels to sit down– since chairs are not allowed on the oval.