You are reading

Annual Indie Film Festival Switches to Drive-in Screenings for First Time

(FabSubeject/ Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

July 18, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The annual Greenpoint Film Festival will be taking place next month and the organizers will be holding it outdoors for the first time at venues in Brooklyn and Long Island City.

The festival, which is in its ninth year, is adopting a drive-in concept. The first screenings will be in Long Island City — on Aug. 1 and 2 — at The Foundry, located at 42-38 9th St. Organizers will kick the festival off by playing “Chuck Berry,” a documentary about the rock ‘n roll legend.

The festival then heads across Newtown Creek to a parking lot at 211 Meserole Ave. in Greenpoint from August 5 through August 9.

The seven-day event will showcase eight feature films and 27 short films — a mix of documentary, environmental, animated, experimental and narrative movies — to a drive-in audience. The line-up was selected from thousands of film submissions in various categories by a panel of judges.

Films include the short film “American Marriage” from Academy Award-winning Call Me By Your Name writer James Ivory; a NYC isolation feature titled “Locked Alone”; the feature documentary “Microplastics Madness” that follows a group of young Brooklyn students taking on plastic pollution; and the world premiere of “before/during/after” written by and starring Finnerty Steeves of Orange is the New Black. 

The full line-up and schedule can be found on the Greenpoint Film Festival website.

Academy Award-winning guest speakers will also host panel discussions on select films during the drive-in experience and an award ceremony is slated for the final day of the festival.

The festival is accessible to New Yorkers who don’t own cars as well. Organizers will arrange a row of parked, stationary cars for visitors without their own. The cars will be consistently cleaned and disinfected before and after each screening.

“At a time when people are eager to connect and convene again after months-long social distancing, we’re excited to bring film-makers and film lovers in Brooklyn together to showcase and celebrate their work in a safe environment,” said festival organizers Anthony Argento and Ricardo Vilar.

Food trucks and bathrooms are also available for attendees, who must wear masks when leaving their vehicles.

Tickets cost between $20 and $40 per film screening and can be purchased online. Front-line workers can contact Greenpoint Film Festival for complimentary tickets.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens man faces up to 30 years in prison in connection to fatal shooting of cop in Far Rockaway last month: DA

The driver involved in the fatal shooting of NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller in Far Rockaway last month was indicted on weapons charges, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Tuesday.

Lindy Jones, 41, of Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Edgemere, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with criminal possession of a weapon for a gun found in the car from which his codefendant Guy Rivera allegedly fired the fatal shot.

Construction collapse traps two workers at Springfield Gardens home Tuesday morning: FDNY

Firefighters and EMS personnel rescued two construction workers who were trapped and pinned under a concrete slab after a retaining wall collapsed on them in front of a Springfield Gardens home on Tuesday morning. The FDNY received a call of a trench collapse at around 9:42 a.m. at a two-story home at 135-40 229th St., where the workers became trapped after the porch caved in on them.

“They were trapped under there for a while, one looked unconscious,” a concerned neighbor said at the scene.