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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Tribeca Cinemas will be the host of this year’s ninth annual Horror Film Festival beginning November 18th. There are few great classics lined up as well as some lesser known works by “newcomers”.The event kicks off with a party at BLVD featuring short films, live bands, and an hour of free beer. On November 21th, a lifetime achievement award will be given to William Lustig director/producer who mastered the genre in New York City with a significant number of intense works such as Maniac and Vigilante.

Tribeca cinemas

54 Varick street at Canal

New York, NY 10013

BVLD-the party venue, start at 8pm

199 Bowery

New York, NY

Outdoor Movies in Harlem

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Every Wednesday and Thursday night in July, rain or shine, the Historic Harlem Parks Coalition will host free films at its REEL HARLEM Film Festival. Screenings are programmed by the Maysles Institute, ImageNation Cinema Foundation and Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series. Come early with a blanket and picnic basket and then later enjoy films about people of color under the stars.


Location 113th St. & Morningside Dr.
Rain Venue Church of the Master, 86 Morningside Ave. (between 121st & 122nd St.)
Nearest Subway #1 to 116th St. and Broadway


Wednesday, July 15,
7:30 pm Music Videos MJ: King of the Video Jukebox
8:30 pm Film Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller (John Landis, Jerry Kramer, USA, 60 min.)

Ok, last few weeks are all about Michael. But this is something you can’t miss staying in Harlem, at L-hostels. The late, great Michael Jackson’s Thriller is an almost 14-minute long music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jackson. The mini-film music video was broadcast on MTV three weeks before Christmas 1983. It was the most expensive video of its time, costing $500,000, and Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the “most successful music video”, selling over 9 million units.This is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this pop masterpiece.

Bring a blanket and enjoy!!!!

Movie with blanket and picnic basket

Monday, July 6th, 2009


There is a chance that it is going to rain this week again. So, my dear L-hostels guests quickly get out of your cozy rooms and head to Bryant Park this evening. This is a New York tradition to watch movies in this beautiful park, situated in the mid-town in a nice neighborhood of a picturesque New York Library. (Worth catching a glimpse -amazing interior deisgn. Remember Carrie Bradshaw’s unfortunate but stunning wedding location in Sex and the City movie? Yes, this is it.) Take some snacks, some drinks, a blanket. Come an hour before, it can get crowded!!! Tonight it’s Dog Day Afternoon, in my opinion best Al Pacino’s performance ever. And watching a frustrated gangster movie in the park, what can be better than that?

Date: Monday, July 6th
Time: Films begin at Dusk (about 8ish)
Location: Bryant Park (40th and 42nd Sts & Fifth and Sixth Aves)
Cost: Free

Gifts from Mayor Bloomberg

Monday, June 29th, 2009

At the recent conference, that Mayor Bloomberg hosted this week he announced Dear Visitors that despite the smaller volume of our wallets he was giving us many free events in New York this Summer. Below I will try to list some examples of Mr. Bloomberg’s generosity to my beloved city, those which cannot be missed.
One of the coolest things is that this Summer for three Saturdays —August 8th, 15th and 22nd—those looking for a fun, active urban adventure can enjoy car-free Summer Streets and ride on one of 150 orange bikes, on loan from NY400 and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which will be available for participants to borrow along the 6.9 mile route from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park!!!!!!
July 2 – July 5, 2009
38th annual international African arts festival
This yearly festival of African culture celebrates its 38th anniversary with a weekend of music, dance, spoken word and much more. For the kids, there’s storytelling, clowns and a youth talent search. The theme of this year’s festival is “Mashariki,” which in Swahili means “the East”—the name of the organization that began the tradition of African street festivals. IAAF is a nonprofit arts organization, and a (tax-deductible) donation is suggested.


Just in time for the Fourth of July, the 2009 Afro-Punk festival celebrates African-American pride and independence with music, art, skateboarding and movie screenings. BAMcinématek hosts six days of films; Documentaries on past heroes and controversial figures abound, including Spike Lee’s theatrical bio on the Black Panthers’ Huey Newton, and the Oscar-winning Muhammed Ali film When We Were Kings. Other standouts include documentaries about the rise of Los Angeles gangs, a London hairstyling competition and the black punk-rock movement. For more information and a schedule of events, visit afropunk.com.

And if you feel that humidity is killing you, and it is too far to get to the beach, how about:
The Hudson River is pretty to look at, so don’t be afraid to get in! On weekends, volunteer organization the Downtown Boathouse offers free river kayaking to the general public. Instructors provide the equipment and tutorials, so all you have to do is show up in a swimsuit or shorts and strap on a life vest. (Oh, and you also have to know how to swim.)

Movies on the roof, Movies on the grass and more….

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Movies outdoor is one of the NYC landmark forms of entertainment in the Summer.
From the the Hudson river to ooftop patios, and from parks to the legendary area of the Brooklyn Bridge, some of New York City’s most sensational outdoor spaces double as open-air cinemas. And to keep the City’s film buffs busy this summer, at least one timeless classic, recent favorite, low-budget indie or lighthearted family flick projects on a big screen somewhere in the City each night of the week. Take your blanket, kick off your shoes, pack something to drink and something to have a bite if action makes you hungry and use this daily guide to find a great movie under the stars on any given night while taking in some of New York’s most breathtaking scenery.


Start your week with a free classic film at the ever-popular HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival—a veritable New York institution. This summer’s weekly festival kicks off on June 15 with the Oscar-winning classic The Sting, featuring Hollywood heartthrobs Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The festival continues through August with a diverse lineup of the timeless (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), the whimsical (Gold Diggers of 1933) and the cultish (Harold and Maude). The crowd typically packs Bryant Park to the edges, so arrive early to snag a blanket-size plot on the lawn or a coveted spot on the stairs behind the New York Public Library. Another option for Monday: classic films shown weekly in July at the Elevated Acre, at 55 Water St., as part of the River to River Festival.


Tuesdays in August, grab the kids and head out to Bayside’s Little Bay Park for Movies Under the Bridge, an exciting—and free—series of family-friendly blockbusters. Located on the shores of the Long Island Sound and offering views of the Throgs Neck Bridge, this festival focuses on recent action-adventure films that will keep both kids and parents on the edges of their picnic blankets. Beginning August 18, the series packs in three weeks of thrills with 2008 box-office hits like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


Wednesday nights, hop on the L train to catch SummerScreen in its new home at the McCarren Park baseball fields in Brooklyn. Kicking off a free six-week run on July 8 with Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites, SummerScreen focuses mainly on independent cult films such as David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and the Charlie Kaufman/Michel Gondry hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Other great Wednesday options include foreign films and international cuisine at Outdoor Cinema in Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park and two festivals on the Hudson—RiverFlicks for Grown-ups and Movies Under the Stars.

Don’t miss a Thursday night at Brooklyn Bridge Park—whose skyline vistas are sure to bewitch even the most jaded New Yorker—for the 10th season of Movies With a View. “Our screen is right under the Brooklyn Bridge,” says Kellie Rogers, programming director for the park, “so a lot of people come to the movies early, and they picnic as the sun sets…. It’s sort of like an urban oasis.” This summer’s lineup, based around the theme “Stolen Summer,” showcases fun films packed with heists, chases and con artists. The free festival kicks off on July 9 with the Coen brothers’ cult classic Raising Arizona and continues to span the decades with favorites such as The Maltese Falcon, Paper Moon and Catch Me if You Can.

Welcome the weekend on Pier 46 with a free family favorite at RiverFlicks for Kids. But don’t let the name fool you; the family-friendly lineup includes crowd-pleasers that are sure to satisfy film lovers of all ages. And the festival’s striking location on the Hudson definitely makes it “something different and unique,” says David Katz, vice president of marketing and events for the Hudson River Park Trust. “It’s really a great backdrop to have the river in one direction and the City skyline in the other.” The festival premieres on July 10 with The Wizard of Oz and is followed by classics both old and new such as Ghostbusters, The Muppet Movie and Kung Fu Panda.

Saturday nights, soak up the unique serenity of an NYC rooftop while enjoying Rooftop Films’ 13th season of “Underground Movies Outdoors.” Through the fascinating, primarily documentary-based series, you can meet the filmmakers behind movies about inspiring individuals in a largely deaf Bedouin village in Israel, a burgeoning Muslim community in Pittsburgh and a politically charged Venezuelan slum. Rooftop Films also screens fun flicks on a Lower East Side rooftop on Friday nights, including the Manhattan premiere of Lynn Shelton’s comedy Humpday, a fictional account of two hyper-hetero dudes who one-up themselves into making an erotic art film—with themselves as the stars. Tickets to Rooftop Films cost $9 but generally include admission to a nearby open-bar after-party.

Kick back and wind down with a margarita and a burrito while catching a complimentary movie in the mellow courtyard of Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost. The varied lineup features a slew of NYC classics, including Do the Right Thing, Saturday Night Fever and Beat Street, as well as favorites such as Star Wars, Jaws and City of God. Be sure to arrive early to try a treat from the renowned Bike Blender, a smoothie-making device that’s powered by your own two feet.

Friday – Fun Day

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Something for everyone today from free to affordable events. It finally stopped raining this morning and let’s just hope it’s gonna continue this way whole weekend.

Tonight lots of attractions:
Lady of Bossanova, favorite muse of electronic music (K&D session is just the example) one and only Bebel Gilberto is performing tonight at the Town Hall. Still tickets available (45$). She was born in New York and luckily loves coming back here. Don’t miss it!!!

123 West 43rd Street
(between 6th Avenue & Broadway)


* 1, 2, 3 – Times Square-42nd Street (7th Ave.-Broadway)
* A, C, E – 42nd Street-Port Authority (8th Avenue)

For those not in the mood for music but ready to chill and prepare for crazy Saturday night. Join the following convention:

Time: 8:30pm (doors at 7:30
Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 (46th St and 12th Ave)
Cost: Free

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to a free, public screening of the Top Gun this evening to kick off the Intrepid’s Summer-long, monthly film series. Watch this Tom Cruise movie while sitting on the fightdeck next to an actual F-14 TomCat aircraft, a military jet fighter that was made popular by the 1986 film. Ok, now all that Scientology stuff is not really appealing but Tom from the eighties, who could beat that!!! Memories forever!

Studio B – Place to Be

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Studio B, hard to find but yet legendary club in Brooklyn, Greenpoint. Don’t be scared when you get off the train and you think you are in the middle of nowhere because you so aren’t. Greenpoint is more and more trying to be the next number one of the hottest Brooklyn hoods. You will see a lot of warehouses there, on Banker street but only one of them has palm trees on the roof!!!!
Studio B is a crazy dancing place where you can see “creme de la creme” of a Djing world and people who know how to party. It has the vibe of good old dancing venues in the eighties. (At least that is how I remember them from the movies:)
Today it is Miike Snow; it’s an electropop trio out of Sweden (he is Lykke Li’s compatriot, I dig it!) that combined high-profile production duo Bloodsy and Avant with musician and composer Andrew Wyatt. The results are low-key, dramatic club dreamscapes.
Also playing the band which took its name after dramatic act of Natalie Portman to shave her head for Wachowski Brothers. – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head.

Studio B

259 Banker St (between Calyer St and Meserole Ave)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Subway: L to Bedford Ave, G to Greenpoint Ave
Time: 10 p.m.
Tickets: advance $5, day of show $10

New Italian Cinema opens tomorrow at Lincoln Center

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Tomorrow don’t miss the Opening of the New Italian Cinema festival opening at the Lincoln Center.
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
June 4-11, 2009
Many of the directors and other special guests are expected to attend the series including: Marco Amenta (director, The Sicilian Girl), Donatella Finocchiaro (actress, Brave Men), Silvio Orlando (actor, Giovanna’s Father), Dino Gentili (director, I Am Alive), Maria Sole Tognazzi (director, The Man Who Loves), Filippo Timi (actor, As God Commands), Ursula Ferrara (director, Animated Passions), Teresa Marchesi (director, Effedia), and Sandra Petraglia (writer, A Perfect Day).

This year’s Open Roads adds a number of exciting new debut directors to this list. Marco Amenta offers a remarkable portrait of courage in The Sicilian Girl, while screenwriters turned directors Dino and Filippo Gentili present a genre-bending comedy/noir/thriller, I Am Alive. Among the returning Open Roads veterans are Edoardo Winspeare (Brave Men), Daniele Vicari (The Past is a Foreign Land), Mimmo Calopresti (The Germans’ Factory), and Gabriele Salvatores (As God Commands). Veteran director Pupi Avati offers his finest film in years, Giovanna’s Father, and, as a very special feature of this year’s Open Roads slate, Italian rock star Jovanotti will introduce a tribute to the great Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André, whose death from cancer in 1999 robbed the world of a great artist much too soon.
More information on:

Polish Film Festival

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


From May 5-10, the New York public is invited to film screenings of this year’s cinematic achievements from Poland. Andrzej Wajda continues as the festival’s Honorary Patron.

Two venues:
MOMA and Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave,
Subway: 6 to Bleecker St.

Films that I strongly recommend:
1st feature of Kasia Adamik (Agnieszka Holland’s daughter) OFFSIDERS
Drowsiness by Magdalena Piekorz
33 scenes of life by Malgorzata Szumowska (won the last National Film Festival in Gdynia, Poland as the best feature)
Four nights with Anna by Jerzy Skolimowski (internationally acclaimed Polish director living in France)

More information on the official website:

Tribeca Film Festival Starts Today!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

One of the most independent movie festivals in the world starts today in New York city. Take your opportunity of being in the city and purchase tickets online. This year you can follow the festival on Twitter, Facebook and of course on the official website of the Festival:


During yesterday press conference of the Festival it was announced that among many interesting films (This year’s program includes 85 features and 46 shorts) you can see:
– Woody Allen’s new film, Whatever Works, opening the Festival this Wednesday
-Spike Lee’s two movies: Kobe Doin’ Work and Passing Strange

One more useful information, Tribeca Film Festival offers many free events as well!!
Check it out:

Below, the video which can make your selection process much easier: