Resilient as ever, New York City has yet again proven its unsurpassable ability to adapt so as to ensure the 58th iteration of the New York Film Festival will happen this fall. This September, the nearly 6 decades old tradition will return on the 17th running through October 11th. All films will be featured either virtually or at one of two drive-in theatre locations. In a way, although we know the reason for drive-ins being the new normal is not all that great, the resurgence of old-timey drive-in theatres in New York City is something to get excited about. As lovers of the history of this city, we think it’s a cool throwback to days where a drive-in date night was a staple among couples young and old. Now that drive-in theatres are a principle mode of entertainment once more, you can make that the focus of your next date night! Or, roll up solo as a means of treating yourself to a getaway from the daily grind, and dive into the imaginative world of film. Like a good book, the classic movies on schedule for this year’s festival will transport you far and away. But, before you’re swept off, we thought you should know a few festival details.
Ticket sales begin on September 11th for both virtual rentals and screenings at drive-in locations. Nowadays, people are jumping at any chance they can score to get out of their house, so we recommend not putting off your ticket purchases. All films featured will begin at 8pm, but doors open an hour earlier at 7pm; if you want a prime spot in the parking lot, we’d shoot for a 7pm arrival at either of the two locations:
- The Brooklyn Army Terminal, 80 58th, Brooklyn, NY 11220
- The New York Hall of Science in Queens, 47-01 111th, Corona, NY 11368
If you’d rather view virtually be sure to set-up an account through virtual.filmlinc.org in order to rent featured films.
The Film Festival will begin with Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, followed by a full schedule of even more classics. McQueen’s film makes a fitting beginning to this adaptive chapter in the history of the New York Film Festival. Lovers Rock is after all itself a chapter within a larger collection of films which together grant us an inside look at the West Indian community of London, Great Britain. This remarkable film follows a history of cinema ingenuity seen not just within the New York Film Festival, but also seen on the very streets of New York City. Classics like When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, or even scenes like the ending of Sleepless in Seattle which took place on the Empire State Building – all of it stands to prove that the city just has that special something that takes a movie from ordinary to extraordinary. And, believe it or not, some of that New York City film history includes snippets of Greenwich Village and even the Washington Square Hotel. Dive further into the details of our film history by visiting our Eyes Wide Shut blog which unwraps the complete catalogue of famous films and television shows we’ve seen right here in our backyard.
One of the greatest things about movies is that they allow us to momentarily depart from what is. Sometimes we need a temporary blindness towards the world, and cinema grants that gift without us even having to lift a finger. So, this fall, escape to the New York Film Festival for the cinematic reprieve you have long deserved.