Free Outdoor Summer Screenings at Lincoln Center and Governors Island
Film at Lincoln Center is pleased to present free outdoor screenings in both Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and on Governors Island’s Parade Ground all summer long.
Summer for the City screenings at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park
The Summer for the City outdoor film series, which will be held in Damrosch Park, promises to delight and stimulate moviegoers with a three-film showcase of Terence Blanchard’s illustrious and prolific career as a composer of film scores, in connection with “See Me As I Am,” LCPA’s year-long, campus-wide celebration of the pioneering musician.
Summer for the City also includes “Can’t Stop the Street: Hip Hop on Screen,” a five-film sidebar as part of a campus-wide celebration honoring hip hop’s 50th anniversary, exploring and paying tribute to the myriad ways in which hip hop’s history, cultural innovations, and guiding creative voices have influenced and intersected with American cinema over the last half-century.
Learn more about our screenings in Damrosch Park here.
“Rule-Breakers and Troublemakers” screenings on Governors Island’s Parade Ground
FLC teams up with Governors Island Arts to present “Rule-Breakers and Troublemakers,” taking place on the Island’s historic Parade Ground, an eight-acre lawn with expansive open views of Lower Manhattan. This year’s Governor’s Island screenings feature a selection of films that celebrate relatable, resilient protagonists who refuse to accept the constraints that society has imposed on them. The series will be produced by Rooftop Films.
Learn more about our screenings on Governors Island here.
Set It Off
This screening takes place on June 9 at 8:30pm on Governors Island's historic Parade GroundDirector F. Gary Gray infuses the heist genre with bracing emotional clarity, sensitively yet unsentimentally dramatizing the challenges faced by working-class women of color who are forced to navigate an unacceptably inhospitable socioeconomic reality.
This screening takes place on June 14 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkBreaking onto the scene with one of the most acclaimed feature filmmaking debuts of the 1990s, director Kasi Lemmons draws on a rich Southern Gothic tradition to craft a profoundly mysterious, densely atmospheric family drama set deep in the Louisiana bayou of the early 1960s.
Love & Basketball
This screening takes place on June 16 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkProduced by Spike Lee, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s semi-autobiographical film paints a nuanced, involving picture of the emotional processes of self-discovery that accompany the onset of young adulthood.
Da 5 Bloods
This screening takes place on June 21 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkSpike Lee’s film is one of the few Hollywood productions ever to explore the lived experiences and complicated cultural legacies of Black Americans who were conscripted to serve overseas in a deadly imperial conflict as the fight for racial equality continued to rage back home.
This screening takes place on June 22 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkStyle Wars takes a slyly even-handed approach to the then hotly politicized phenomenon of graffiti, which was flourishing in tandem with its counterpart art forms—DJing, rapping, and breakdancing.
This screening takes place on June 23 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkAcross several chapters that unfold in brisk succession, Scratch cannily weaves together interviews with Grand Wizard Theodore, Mix Master Mike, DJ Qbert, and other accomplished practitioners, showcasing their finely honed technical prowess with thrilling intimacy.
This screening takes place on June 29 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkWith an assured hand and cool virtuosity, Ernest R. Dickerson reconsiders the themes and real-world concerns that were animating hip hop culture at the time, refracting them through a distinctly cinematic lens.
This screening takes place on June 30 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkFirst-time feature filmmaker F. Gary Gray handily translates his talents to the longer narrative format in order to chronicle a sprawling day in the life of newly unemployed Craig (Ice Cube) and his stoner friend Smokey (Chris Tucker).
Out of Sight
This screening takes place on July 7 at 8:30pm on Governors Island's historic Parade GroundRazor-sharp wit and expertly deployed star wattage—not to mention crackling sexual chemistry between the two leads—were in abundant supply when Steven Soderbergh burst into the mainstream, directing Scott Frank’s ultra-cool adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1996 novel.
This screening will take place on July 12 at 9pm Damrosch ParkFeaturing Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, and other pioneering talents of early hip hop culture playing versions of themselves, Wild Style offers an extraordinary semi-documentary portrait of a vibrant cultural movement in its first flowering.
This screening takes place on July 21 at 9pm in Damrosch ParkA young girl's family does everything in its power to rescue her from the clutches of a giant amphibious mutant—rendered as alternately chaotic, lethal, and clumsy—that has emerged from the Han River in Bong’s masterful monster movie.
Bend It Like Beckham
This screening takes place on August 11 at 8:30pm on Governors Island's historic Parade GroundBritish Indian director Gurinder Chadha’s third feature tells the story of teenager Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra in a winning breakout performance), an avid soccer fan, dreams of living up to the example of her idol, star player David Beckham, against the wishes of her culturally conservative Punjabi elders.
All screenings are free and open to the public!
Where: Screenings will take place in Damrosch Park on the Lincoln Center campus (Amsterdam Ave &, W 62nd St.) or on Governors Island’s newly restored Parade Ground, an eight-acre lawn with expansive open views of Lower Manhattan.
Entry to Summer for the City outdoor screenings at Damrosch Park will be available for FREE via General Admission—first-come, first-served. Filmgoers can line up off of W. 62nd Street, along the east side of Damrosch Park. Seating will open to the public 30 minutes before showtime. In addition to General Admission, we’re offering a FREE Fast Track option. Reservations will open every Monday at noon for that week’s events and close at 3:00 pm the day of the show, or when Fast Track tickets are all booked—whichever comes first. All Summer for the City outdoor screenings will use headsets.
Entry to the Governors Island screenings is FREE via ferry service departing the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan. Detailed ferry information can be found here.