This free outdoor screening takes place at Governors Island’s newly restored Parade Ground. Ferries will run from the Battery Maritime in Lower Manhattan, located at 10 South Street. We recommend taking the 6:30, 7, or 7:30pm ferry in order to arrive before the film begins.

Food vendors and a beer garden will be open to attendees starting at 6pm. At 8pm, don’t miss a special drag performance by Monroe Sedgwick inspired by Desperately Seeking Susan. Come in costume to join in on the fun!

Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) is a bored New Jersey housewife who becomes obsessed with a woman named Susan (Madonna), who she only knows through reading personal ads seeking her—until a bump on the head leads to a bout of amnesia and her taking on Susan’s identity. Roberta quickly finds herself caught up in a plot involving murder, stolen Egyptian earrings, and the mob, as well as a romance with a friend of the guy who places the classifieds (Aidan Quinn). A spin on Jacques Rivette’s Celine and Julie Go Boating, this screwball romp was mainstream America’s introduction to New York City’s ’80s underground Bohemian scene and to the Material Girl herself, and features appearances by Ann Magnuson, John Turturro, Richard Hell, John Lurie, and more.

Screening with
My Last Film
Zia Anger, USA, 2015, 9m
Zia Anger’s exhilarating whatsit and freewheeling black comedy takes aim at the independent film scenes in NY and L.A. with no-holds-barred ferocity, formal ingenuity, and an eyebrow-raising cast that includes Lola Kirke, Mac DeMarco, and Rosanna Arquette. Please be advised this film contains explicit language, violent imagery including suicide, and partial nudity that may not be appropriate for all audiences.