The Greenpoint Film Festival must go on dispute COVID hence they will operate via a drive-in this year. It has just been officially announced that the 9th annual Greenpoint Film Festival will be a drive-in event with 35 wonderful films on the line-up. The 8-day festival will run August 1st — 9th in Greenpoint and Long Island City at the parking lot on Meserole Ave. and Jewel, hosted by Broadway Stages, and The Foundry LIC.
Drive-in movie theater going has become a renewed staple during the coronavirus pandemic and the Greenpoint Film Festival has worked tirelessly to keep the film festival experience alive and bring together the community in a safe and controlled environment. The 8-day event will showcase 8 feature films and 27 short films, each in competition, Special Guest Speakers and “Social Distancing” Gatherings that wholly abide by state and city health stipulations.
The line-up includes an opening night screening of the official Chuck Berry documentary “Chuck Berry,” the World Premiere of “before/during/after” written by and starring Orange is the New Black’s Finnerty Steeves, NYC isolation feature “Locked Alone,” the U.S. premiere of wild grizzlies documentary “Bearlike”, feature documentary “Microplastic Madness” that follows Brooklyn kids as they face the global plastic pollution crisis, and short film “American Marriage” from Academy Award-winning Call Me By Your Name writer James Ivory. The full program may be viewed on the Greenpoint Film Festival website.
For local film lovers who do not own cars, the festival has arranged a row of parked, stationary cars with a dedicated cleaning crew appointed to consistently reset and clean between, before and after each movie screening. Food Trucks will be hosted by Wilson Rivas Catering. Bathrooms will be located outside the lot with a dedicated cleaning team to service regularly. More information about the festival’s Covid-19 guidelines can be found here. Filmmakers and celebrity guests will be invited to participate in a drive-through green “red” carpet. Frontline workers are invited to contact the festival organizers for complimentary tickets.
Part and parcel of the Festival’s mission is to call for a green and eco-friendly future and with that in mind, the festival is teaming up with New York City’s largest soundstage company — Broadway Stages who has made an unparalleled commitment to renewable energy by conveying solar power to their soundstages and productions. In addition to the festival awards, special awards will be given to filmmakers spotlighting important environmental and social issues.
Established in 2011, Greenpoint Film Festival is a not-for-profit annual event inspired by the stories yet untold and giving voices to the voiceless in the filmmaking industry. The themes of renewal and reclamation continue to play a major role in the social and creative fabric of the Greenpoint Film Festival as it constantly expands into a platform for thought-provoking and critically acclaimed stories, as well as a showcase for the fine arts and brilliant films.
For more information & tickets visit: https://greenpointfilmfestival.org/