EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Bridge park unveils ‘Movies With a View’ line-up!

Girls on film: The first film in this year’s outdoor film series will be the comedy “Desperately Seeking Susan,” starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette, and directed by Susan Seidelman.

It’s a woman’s world!

This summer’s “Movies With a View” series in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be a feast of female filmmakers! The eight-week series of outdoor films will launch on July 12 with the New York City comedy “Desperately Seeking Susan,” directed by Susan Seidelman, and will continue with seven more movies directed by women. This year’s theme, “She Directs,” is a response to the struggles facing women in the film industry, recently highlighted by the #MeToo campaign, said the Park Conservancy’s director of programming.

“There are a lot of important conversations happening right now about women’s rights and gender equality — particularity in the film industry,” said Devin Mathis. “We wanted ‘Movies With A View’ to celebrate women creators in a traditionally male-dominated industry, and to amplify the voices of female-identifying directors.”

The films include a deliberately broad set of genres, including goofy comedies, coming-of-age dramas, and action-packed superheroics, she said.

“The works represented in this year’s lineup are meant to reflect the richness of women’s voices,” said Mathis.

The films are: “Desperately Seeking Susan” on July 12, “Kung Fu Panda 2” on July 19; “Paris is Burning” on July 26; “Bend It Like Beckham” on Aug. 2; “Wayne’s World” on Aug. 9; “Love & Basketball” on Aug. 16; “Wonder Woman” on Aug. 23; and a public vote for the final film, choosing between “Dance, Girl, Dance,” “Big,” “Point Break,” and “The Matrix,” directed by Lana and Lily Wachowski.

Each feature film will be preceded by music from a female disc jockey and a short film selected by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s film program.

This year, the film series will also team up with outdoor food festival Smorgasburg to provide food and drinks for its audience. A rotating selection of vendors, including pizza spot Wood Fired Edibles, Bedford-Stuyvestant fry purveyors Home Frite, and Burger Supreme will serve food at the base of Harbor View Lawn, along with a pop-up bar serving beer and wine.

“We can’t wait to bring together two Brooklyn institutions on the waterfront for food, film, and fun,” said Smorgasburg co-founder Eric Demby. “It’s gonna be a delicious summer.”

“Movies With a View” at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 (enter at Furman Street at Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, www.brooklynbridgepark.org). Thursday nights, July 12–Aug. 30, at dusk. Free.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at broundy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Pier party: The “Movies With A View” series in Brooklyn Bridge Park will launch on July 12 with “xxxx,” the first in the “She Directs” series of movies made by women.
Etienne Frossard

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