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International Cinema Day Supports Movie Theaters Around the World

Cinemas around the world have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many theaters shuttered throughout the country and small independent operations suffering greatly. To give back to movie theaters in need is the first annual International Cinema Day, which will take place this Saturday, September 12.

International Cinema Day (ICD) is a global event designed to celebrate the universal love for film and memorable cinematic experiences at historic theatres. ICD will provide audience members with opportunities to support theatres and attend more than 20 special screenings happening worldwide.

“Out of a global pandemic comes change and unity; we saw firsthand how many cinemas around the world were struggling with their doors closed,” says Dallas Jay Hunter, founder of ICD.

“International Cinema Day is a spark of hope to unite people through art as a universal language, to come together and recall the importance of these places that have truly inspired something within all of us.”

More than 50 independent cinemas across the world, including Rio Cinema, London and the Quad Cinema, New York are participating. They are offering limited screenings, exclusive merchandise, and new ways for cinephiles to show their support.

International Cinema Day patrons will have access to exclusive content, short films, articles, raffled artwork donated by renowned filmmakers such as David Lynch and other industry leaders. All proceeds will be donated directly to participating cinemas.

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International Cinema Day
September 12, 2020

43rd Annual Asian American International Film Festival Announces Virtual Fest

Presented by Asian CineVision, the 43rd Annual Asian American International Film Festival will be taking place October 1-11, 2020 as a virtual fest for the first time. Claiming to be the first and longest running Asian American film festival in the United States, the AAIFF includes features, shorts and documentaries and has premiered films from directors such as Ang Lee and Wayne Wang in the past.

The full slate of films will be announced in September, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Asian American International Film Festival
October 1 - 11, 2020

Drive-In Theaters Return to Brooklyn & Queens

The Brooklyn Drive-In at sunset (photo by Lou Aguilar, courtesy of Rooftop Films).

2020 has certainly brought some unexpected events, and the resurgence of drive in theaters is joining the list. Rooftop Films, in partnership with the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), announced the opening of two drive-in festival locations in New York City. The Queens Drive-In will open in partnership with MoMI and NYSCI on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The Brooklyn Drive-In is located at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (80 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220), in partnership with NYCEDC. Both venues will present films throughout the summer and fall of 2020.

The Brooklyn Drive-In screenings feature the NY premieres of The Fight, directed by Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres, on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The Flight follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers in an electrifying battle over abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures and Topic. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross, screens July 24th. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery set at the wee hours of a Las Vegas dive bar. IFC Midnight’s Relic, in which first-time writer/director Natalie Erika James crafts a new spin on the haunted-house movie, starring Emily Mortimer, and screens July 25th.

Rooftop Films provided a safety FAQ here and ask you follow these guidelines to ensure safety:

  • You must attend in a car. We would love to see you all there, but it really is essential you arrive in a car and stay in your car (except when going to the restrooms).

  • The passenger side window must stay rolled up so that there is a safe barrier between you and the next car.

  • You must make sure you're wearing a mask during check-in, to protect our lovely employees, and keep it on whenever you are outside of your car.

Programming for the Queens Drive-In will be curated by Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films, with Rooftop Films handling curation of films for the Brooklyn Drive-In. Both venues will include films from the Rooftop Films’ 2020 Summer Series, which will showcase many of the best new independent and foreign films from 2020. Drive-In guests can expect entertaining pre-show experiences, live demonstrations, talks and videos, as well as an ongoing showcase of local and emerging artists. Do-it-yourself science tips and tricks, as well as conversations with subject matter experts, will connect the nights' themes—from horror to climate change—to the moviegoers' everyday lives.

Programming will include:

  • Premiere events and sneak preview screenings of new independent and foreign films programmed by Rooftop Films that reflect the diverse communities of Brooklyn and Queens.

  • Classic repertory and thematic programming by the New York Hall of Science and Museum of the Moving Image, with series including Science on Screen, sci-fi showcase See It Big!: The Future Is Now, Queens on Film, Jim Henson’s World, and a special presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • Free programs for local communities, including new and classic family films

  • Special events of all types, understanding that certain events will be restricted depending on New York’s re-opening phase.

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Tribeca Drive-In Screens Across The Country

 Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible

Tribeca Films is the latest organization to take their films to the drive-in. The Tribeca Drive-In features screenings at Orchard Beach, NY, Nickerson Beach, NY, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and The Hard Rock Stadium in MIami. As part of the many films being screened is two documentaries from ESPN:

  • 30 for 30’s Be Water
    July 18 at AT&T Stadium (TX) & Nickerson Beach (NY)
    The film explores the fascinating story of kung-fu legend and movie star Bruce Lee and his rise to fame after being rejected by Hollywood in 1971. After this crushing blow, Lee returned to his parents’ homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films. Exploring questions of identity and representation through rare archival footage, interviews with loved ones, and Bruce’s own writings, Be Water captures Lee’s charisma, passion, philosophy, and the eternal beauty and wonder of his art.


  • ESPN Films’ Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible
    Multiple dates & locations
    This short film exposes the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and takes you inside a gym formed on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana that teaches young girls how to defend themselves in response to violence. It is a film about fighting—for respect, identity and acknowledgment. There are no scorecards or knockouts on the Reservation; the prize at the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club is far more vital: survival.

Other films being screened at Tribeca’s Drive-Ins include:

  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Selena
  • Girls Trip
  • John Wick
  • Casino Royale
  • Inside Man
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Bodyguard
  • Crazy Rich Asians

And many more.

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