Syfy to present Syfy Movies With A View in Brooklyn Bridge Park for Sixth Year of Partnership in Summer 2013
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces lineup, including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as they tour the world for this year’s theme: “With Love From…”
Contact: Rachel Fletcher, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
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BROOKLYN, April 24, 2013 – The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in cooperation with Brooklyn Bridge Park, is pleased to announce the lineup for the fourteenth year of its signature movie series. This will be Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s sixth year partnering with Syfy to present Syfy Movies With A View. The free, outdoor film series will take place on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and will feature films from different cities around the globe.
The first film in the park kicks off on Thursday, July 11, and runs weekly through Thursday, August 29. The audience will be taken on a journey each week with feature films that take place in cities such as Chicago (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Hong Kong (Enter the Dragon), London (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Rome (Roman Holiday), Detroit (8 Mile), Philadelphia (Rocky), San Francisco (Vertigo), and a location that the public will choose later in the summer.
Syfy has been a presenting sponsor of Syfy Movies With A View since 2008. As presenting sponsor, Syfy makes it possible for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to continue to bring the very popular annual series to New Yorkers.
"Syfy Movies With a View is a wonderful New York City summer tradition,” said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy and Chiller. “Timeless movies under the stars with a breathtaking view of the city is a terrific way to spend an evening. Syfy believes it’s important to support local events within a community and we’re delighted to partner once again with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to offer this summer treat to New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
“One of our favorite parts of summer, year after year, is to welcome both first-timers and repeat attendees to Syfy Movies With a View,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Our continued thanks go to Syfy, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the many organizations that provide wonderful amenities to our patrons as they enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.”
In line with the “With Love From…” theme, DJs from Brooklyn Radio will feature pre-movie music from the films’ locations. BAMcinématek will continue to curate short films to be shown before the feature each week.
The Conservancy is also excited to welcome back community partners Astronomers Association of New York, who will be on hand to help stargazers scan the skies with telescopes provided by Syfy, and Transportation Alternatives, who provide free bike valet parking. Also highlighting the series are returning media sponsors Time Out New York and Brownstoner. DUMBO-based publication, Gothamist, will be joining the team as a media sponsor for the first time.
“Catching a classic film on the Harbor View Lawn is a great way to spend a summer evening at the park,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We are thrilled that the Conservancy will be partnering with Syfy and BAMcinématek to bring this popular outdoor movie series to the park for its fourteenth season.”
“Not only are we excited for this year’s lineup, but we will be engaging the community online all summer long via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to get patrons involved in each film,” said Alison Hughes, Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Our community shows an amazing amount of support for the film series each summer, and we’re happy to be providing contests and prizes to celebrate their creativity.”
“It’s both a pleasure and an honor to work with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for the fourth year in a row on Syfy Movies With a View,” says Ann Yershov, Program Producer for BAMcinématek. “Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the most glorious places to see a movie in all of New York, and we’re really proud to present another slate of shorts by up-and-coming filmmakers, many of whom are influenced by the classic films shown throughout the summer.”
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy launched the film series 14 years ago and curates an exciting lineup of films each year with a volunteer committee of film lovers. While covering a wide range of genres, time periods, and styles, this year's Committee selected an imaginative group of films organized around the theme " With Love From…” The selected films will allow park-goers to travel the world without ever leaving Brooklyn.
"The Committee again worked tirelessly, reviewing and discussing hundreds of films, before settling on these eight wonderful and diverse city films,” said Hilary Tholen, chair of the Conservancy's volunteer Film Committee. “Each selection allows the opportunity for the viewer to experience a different city, whether joining Ferris, Cameron and Sloane on a jam-packed Chicago day in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, training with Rocky in Philadelphia, or experiencing the magic of Willy Wonka alongside Charlie and Veruca Salt. We're all very excited for the lineup."
Noted for a location with spectacular views and for showing quality films, Syfy Movies With A View attracts thousands of people each summer to the waterfront park. This will be the series’ fourth year at Pier 1. Thanks to the newly opened Squibb Park and Bridge, movie-goers will have yet another access point to the park from public transportation hubs.
Music starts at 6:00 pm, and the films begin at sundown. Park concessionaires Blue Marble Ice Cream, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Subs, Lizzmonade Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar will be offering food and drink for purchase.
FREE! On the Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
See www.brooklynbridgepark.org for more information.
Note: capacity is limited and lawn seating is first come, first served.
Syfy Movies With A View at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Every Thursday from July 11 through August 29
DJs at 6:00pm, Movies at Sundown
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
High School truant extraordinaire, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) plots to take one last grand day off before graduation, touring the streets on Chicago in a Ferrari “borrowed” from a friend’s father’s while staying one step ahead of principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones). A master of capturing the trials and triumphs of teenage freedom, Director John Hughes blends satire, social commentary, and pure fun. [PG-13]
Enter the Dragon
Under the guise of an international martial arts competition, Bruce Lee and partners John Saxon and Jim Kelly infiltrate the hidden island fortress of a powerful drug syndicate off the coast of Hong Kong. Perhaps the seminal Kung Fu film of the 1970’s, Lee’s final film features the martial arts master at the height of his career with superbly staged fight scenes in a variety of styles. [R]
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
When young Charlie Bucket finds the final golden ticket wrapped inside a Wonka Bar, he is granted access to the secret mysteries of Mr. Wonka’s (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory. The 1971 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book whisks five kids into a world of pure imagination complete with chocolate rivers, fizzy lifting drink, and singing Umpa Lumpas. [G]
Rapper Eminem made his acting debut in this semi-autobiographical journey of a white kid trying to make it as a hip-hop artist in the bombed out heart of inner city Detroit. After freezing up during an important rap battle, the young rapper, Rabbit, thinks he is at a dead end, but his girlfriend (Britney Murphy) helps him build up the courage to take one last shot. [R]
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is an unsatisfied princess who, in an attempt to find her freedom, winds up stumbling into the apartment of reporter – and bachelor – Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). The two dodge her secret service guards all throughout the city while giving the Princess a taste of the real world. [NR]
After the top boxing contender drops out, small time debt collector Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Set on the eve of the Philadelphian Bicentennial, Rocky took Hollywood by surprise, as the rags-to-riches classic creamed box offices and won the Academy Award for best picture, in addition to featuring one of film history’s most iconic training montages. [PG]
Retired private eye, Scottie Ferguson (Jimmy Stewart) battles acrophobia in one final case, trailing the enchanting Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak). Hailed as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest works, winding through the streets of San Francisco in dazzlingly rich Technicolor, Vertigo weaves a dizzying story of love and obsession. [PG]
As is tradition, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Syfy invite the public to vote on the last film of the summer starting on August 22. Check out the contenders below (rained-out films will also be entered into the running):
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) take on the spiraling psychedelic safari of 1970s Las Vegas on a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream. Terry Gilliam’s highly stylized trip of a film captures all the whit, humor and horror of Hunter S. Thompson’s classic work of Gonzo journalism. [R]
Good Will Hunting
At one of Boston’s top universities, MIT janitor Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is discovered after solving one of the schools most vexing math equations, but the future of this brilliant mind depends on the guidance of therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). [R]
Lost in Translation
Two lonely strangers, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) and Bob Harris (Bill Murray), forge a touching and unexpected friendship while adventuring through high-speed Tokyo in Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning film. [R]
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About the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 25 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today.
Now as the park’s lead steward, we work in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to ensure that the park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 800,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in the beginnings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
About Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park, is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel.
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