Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park returns to Long Island City for a 16th consecutive summer on July 3 with a sneak peak preview of Cinedigm’s “Our Nixon”
This is the first year that Rooftop Films has paired up with Film Forum to co-curate the series, with the generous support of presenting sponsor AT&T. “Rooftop Films is thrilled to be partnering once again with Socrates Sculpture Park and to be working with Film Forum for the first time,” said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director for Rooftop Films.
The series opens during Independence Day week with Director Penny Lane’s acclaimed documentary “Our Nixon.” The film features home movies created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin and offers a never before seen inside peak into the Nixon White House. Lane will be in attendance on July 3 to introduce the film and for a Q and A after the screening.
Films from around the world will screen on Wednesday nights throughout July and August, free to the public. Check out the list of this year’s screenings. Synopses courtesy of Rooftop Film and Film Forum.
Our Nixon (United States)
2013, 84 mins. Directed by Penny Lane. Not Rated
Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic, and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. Our Nixon is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. Courtesy of Cinedigm. Curated by Rooftop Films.
A Screaming Man (Chad )
2010, 92 mins. Written & Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Not Rated
Ironically titled, this drama set in Chad follows the fortunes of Adam, a former swimming champion, now a 60-year-old “pool man” at a tourist hotel. Tensions between Adam and his grown son are exacerbated when the former loses his job to the younger man and his fragile world begins to crumble. The country’s endless civil war plays a decisive role in defining the two men’s psychic reality in this smart, subtle, and deeply moving story of modern Africa. Winner, Jury Prize, 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Curated by Film Forum.
2009, 73 mins. Written & Directed by Pedro González-Rubio. Rated G
A love story between father and son, man and nature, water and sky, Alamar is set in the turquoise waters of Banco Chinchorro in the Caribbean, home to thousands of species of fish. The film – somewhere between fiction and documentary – tells the story of a young boy whose divorced parents (Italian mother, Mexican father) make him a child of two worlds. A father transports his urban son to this natural paradise to teach him to dive for lobster and fish for barracuda, spending days on a tiny fishing boat and nights in a reed-roofed cabin that floats atop the water. Curated by Film Forum.
In Another Country (South Korea)
2012, 89 mins. Written & Directed by Hong Sang-soo. Not Rated
French actress Isabelle Huppert stars (three times!) in this comedy/drama – a triptych set in a Korean seaside town. Huppert plays three different Annes – a successful film director on holiday with a Korean director and his wife; a married woman having an affair with a Korean man; and a recent divorcée whose husband left her for a Korean woman. Three breezy tales of love, lust, and misunderstandings, all peppered by the dimly jovial propositions of one persistent lifeguard. Curated by Film Forum.
2013, 82 mins. Directed by Adrian Sitaru. Not Rated
Wonderfully surreal, painfully real – this is the story of children, adults, and animals that live together trying to have a better life, but sometimes death comes unexpectedly. In the bittersweet comedy Domestic it is all about us – people who eat the animals that they love, and the animals that love people unconditionally. Curated by Rooftop Films.
Sugar (Dominican Republic)
2008, 120 mins. Written & Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Rated R
Miguel, a Dominican baseball pitcher from the small town of San Pedro De Macorís, single-mindedly focuses on training at a pro baseball academy – as so many in his country do – awaiting his chance to graduate to the minor leagues in the U.S., and to help pull his family out of poverty. At 19, he gets his break – a call-up to spring training for a team in Iowa – but what happens when his game falters? And were all the sacrifices worth it? A beautifully filmed, exquisitely acted drama from Brooklyn filmmakers, Boden & Fleck (Half Nelson), that takes a bracing new look at a fractured American dream. Curated by Film Forum.
The Gleaners & I (France)
2000, 82 mins. Directed and narrated by Agnès Varda. Not Rated.
Considered “the grandmother of the New Wave” in France, Agnès Varda melds literary and documentary conventions with the politics of feminism and compassion, and a whimsical touch that is all her own. The Gleaners & I, inspired in part by the Jean-François Millet painting, uses the subject of gleaning (the act of gathering leftovers) to create a warm and witty discourse on, among other things, the nature of consumerist society and the role of creativity in survival. Curated by Film Forum.
The Edge of Heaven (Germany / Turkey)
2007, 122 mins. Written & Directed by Fatih Akin. Not Rated
This drama from the German-born, Turkish-descended filmmaker explores the lives of six characters, including two young women: a Kurdish political activist wanted by the German authorities, and Lotte, a naïve German student who becomes sexually entangled with her. Fassbinder muse, Hanna Schygulla, plays Lotte’s suspicious mother in this tale from a new Europe – one in which national boundaries are disappearing as quickly as traditional sexual norms. Curated by Film Forum.