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7th Annual Films On The Green Festival To Launch

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
No. 27

Free French Screenings in NYC Parks this Summer

Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE and NYC Parks. Since its inception in 2008, the festival has expanded the reach of French film and brought classic and contemporary movies to local communities.

This year, screenings will take place every Friday from May 30 to August 1, and the finale screening will be on September 4 at Columbia University, in partnership with the Columbia Maison Française. Started in the community gardens of lower Manhattan and Harlem, this much-loved summer festival now shows ten films at six major locations: Central Park, Riverside Park, Tompkins Square Park, Washington Square Park, Columbia University, and Transmitter Park in Brooklyn. As an added bonus, DJs play tunes before each screening.

Met with great success, Films on the Green has expanded to reach hundreds of new viewers in the US. Films on the Green @ MIT shows screenings on university’s campus and began in Boston in 2013, and Films on the Beach in Miami debuted this April and is screening two vintage classics of French cinema and two animated films.

This year's theme is “Masculin Masculin.” A play on the 1966 Godard film title Masculin Feminin, “Masculin Masculin” presents a gamut of colorful male figures in French film—lovers, heroes, gangsters, and rebels. From love to war, and from neuroses to humor, this year’s festival offers the most memorable of the masculin in classic love stories, thrilling film noir, and deadpan French comedies.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE and NYC Parks thank Films on the Green's official sponsors: Air France, BNP Paribas, and TV5 Monde.

A full schedule is below:

May 30 - 8:30 p.m. Purple Noon Central Park – Cedar Hill (79 St & 5 Ave)
June 6 - 8:30 p.m. Les Tontons Flingueurs Washington Square Park
June 13 - 8:30 p.m. Buffet Froid Washington Square Park
June 20 - 8:30 p.m. The Woman on the 6th Floor Tompkins Square Park
June 27 - 8:30 p.m. La Haine Tompkins Square Park
July 11 - 8:30 p.m. The Moustache Riverside Park – Pier I (at 70 St)
July 18 - 8:30 p.m. Grand Illusion Riverside Park – Pier I (at 70 St)
July 25 - 8:30 p.m. Le Magnifique Transmitter Park - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
August 1 - 8:30 p.m. 2 Autumns, 3 Winters Transmitter Park - Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Sept. 4 - 7:30 p.m. The French Minister Columbia University – 116 St

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Lasker Rink is closed due to a refrigeration malfunction. Parks is trying to repair the rink's concrete slab and valves to identify and fix the source of the leak, in the hope of reopening the rink to the public later this season. In the meantime, the Trump Organization along with NYC Parks will work with the community and other area rinks to try to accommodate hockey and skating groups who call Lasker Rink home. Refunds will also be issued to any organizations who reserved and paid for use of the rink during the time that it will be closed.

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