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 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 7pm.
In the not-so-distant future of 1997, crime levels have exploded and Manhattan has been transformed into the United States’ maximum-security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and the president (Donald Pleasence) ends up in the clutches of the Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes), the best man for the job is sent to the rescue: the wisecracking special-forces soldier turned criminal Snake Plissken (an iconically eye-patched, leather-clad Kurt Russell). He only has 24 hours, though, or the explosives injected into his neck will detonate, so he races against the clock, battling all sorts of unsavories throughout the violent city in order to win his freedom. John Carpenter’s genre-bending favorite also includes stellar supporting turns by Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, and Harry Dean Stanton and a classic synth-heavy Carpenter score.
The Road to Magnasanti
John Wilson, USA, 2017, 15m
John Wilson welcomes us to the terrordome with this short, in which he hilariously and chillingly illustrates NYC’s not-so-gradual transformation into a late-capitalist paradise-cum-dystopia.