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Queens Drive-In Stops Making Sense and Starts Celebrating Music in Film

Film and music have been intertwined practically since the inception of cinema. Now the Queens Drive-In (47-01 111th Street, Queens)  in a partnership between Museum of the Moving Image, Rooftop Films, and New York Hall of Science, are paying tribute to some of the great meetings between cinema and sound. The Music Film Series runs through November with music luminaries such as Prince, The Talking Heads, and Philip Glass. School of Rock, starring Jack Black, will be screened for  free on November 8 with support from NYC Council Member Francisco Moya.

Films include: 

  • Nov. 5: Purple Rain + Stop Making Sense
  • Nov. 6: Miss Americana (free)
  • Nov. 7: Psychedelic Light Show + Koyaanisqatsi
  • Nov. 8: School of Rock (free)
  • Nov. 12: Ema + The Red Shoes

Additional free screenings are presented courtesy of Netflix (Miss Americana on Nov. 6, Athlete A on Nov. 11, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado on Nov. 14, and Giving Voice on Nov. 19). See below for the announced schedule; additional programs will be added as they are confirmed.

The Queens Drive-In was co-created by Rooftop Films, New York Hall of Science, and Museum of the Moving Image to present safe, communal moviegoing in New York City during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while sustaining jobs, and supporting New York and the larger filmmaking community.

To learn more, go to:

Queens Drive-In Music Film Series
November 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12th, 2020

Queens Drive-In
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368

Indie Memphis Film Festival: Outdoors & Online in 2020

Indie Memphis Film Festival
returns October 21 to 29, 2020. Adjusting to the changing landscape, this year’s festival will be “Online and Outdoors” as film lovers from all over the world will participate in the virtual screenings and events. Memphis audiences will also enjoy in-person screenings at the Drive-In and outdoor lawns.

The fest will feature the upcoming A24 release Minari, written and directed by Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (Lucky Life), as this year’s Centerpiece Film. Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Also playing is Regina King’s feature directorial debut One NIght In Miami, which will be the fest’s Closing Night film.  One NIght In Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom, Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ‘60s. 

All this and many more films to be screened.

To learn more, go to:

Indie Memphis Film Festival
October 21 - 29, 2020


2020 New York Baltic Film Festival: Laughter, Drama, & More from the Baltics


Laughter, chills, and thrills are part of the upcoming New York Baltic Film Festival. Running from October into November, the festival is split into three segments that will be streamed online. October 15 to 18 is the Laugh & Cry segment showcasing comedies such as Chasing Unicorns directed by Rain Rannu, and The Castle, directed by Lina Lužytė. October 29 to November 1 will be Stress & Release: Baltic Thrillers. These tense dramas include Foam at the Mouth, directed by Jānis Nords, and Invisible, directed by Ignas Jonynas. Lastly is Looking Inward & Forward: Baltic Showcase which runs November 12 to 15. These films include Truth and Justice, directed  by Tanel Toom and Oleg, directed by Juris Kursietis.

NYBFF Head of Programs Jūle Mare Rozīte comments on the program: “This year is all about being adaptable and finding new ways to move forward. Even though travel is restricted world-wide, we can still connect with each other through art – and what better way is there than by understanding what makes people smile, what excites them, and how they see the future. We at NYBFF have had to think on our feet, and have come up with a compact and powerful program that brings the culture and spirit of the Baltic States to audiences across the U.S. with the best new films from the region. Laugh, be thrilled, and get introspective like a Balt.”

To learn more, go to:

Baltic Film Festival
October 15 - 18
October 29 - November 1
November 12 - 15


8th Annual Chelsea Film Festival Streams Online

The 8th annual Chelsea Film Festival returns October 15 to 18. Streaming on FilmFestival+, the CFF features works from 18 countries showcasing shorts, documentaries, features, and virtual reality exhibitions.

Films being shown include:

  • A Case of Blue
    Directed by Dana H. Glazer
    Recently retired Richard Flicker attends a life-drawing class and encounters free-spirited Amelia, the spitting image of a long lost love from decades ago. Grappling with a troubled home front, Richard flirts with the temptation of this second chance at romance.
  • Celeste
    Directed by Ben Hackworth
    Hidden from the world at a crumbling estate in lush tropical Far North Queensland, Celeste anxiously reaches out to Jack, her late husband’s son, inviting him to return to the languid, sprawling family home for her much-anticipated recital. Jack’s reappearance after a long absence stirs up unsettling memories, pulling them both into a mutually precarious orbit.
  • Soundtrack to Sixteen
    Directed by Hillary Shakespeare
    A coming of age story of a boy and girl growing up in London in the 2000s, dealing with the everyday insecurities that make your world implode at sixteen.

...and more.

Along with films, the CFF is offering Career Consultation sessions for filmmakers, producers, actors and freelancers with CFF founder Ingrid Jean-Baptiste.

To learn more, go to:

Chelsea Film Festival
October 15 - 18, 2020


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