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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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Directions to Central Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning June 27, 2018, Central Park will become entirely car-free. The Central Park transverse roads at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th Streets will remain open to motor vehicles.

Nature CentersBelvedere Castle Visitor Center

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

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