FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SUMMER ‘MOVIES IN THE PARK’ LINEUP
Updated: Jun 16, 2016:
The screening of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ has changed to July 18. ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ will now screen on August 15.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Family-friendly films head outdoors to Gold Medal Park and Silverwood Park this summer.
MINNEAPOLIS – June 9, 2016 – The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul announces the 2016 lineup of our outdoor Movies in the Park series. Now in its second year, the popular series will feature six family-oriented classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films showing for free at Gold Medal Park and Silverwood Park.
All screenings begin at dusk. In case of rain or high winds, screenings at Gold Medal Park will be rescheduled or cancelled, and screenings at Silverwood Park will be held indoors in the park’s Great Hall.
Gold Medal Park Screenings:
Screenings at Gold Medal Park are presented by the Film Society on behalf of the Gold Medal Park Conservancy. Gold Medal Park: 2nd St. & 11th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Monday, July 18
Film: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
“The Coens have reached near perfection again, and that’s something to sing about.“ – ReelTalk
In this Oscar-nominated film from Minnesota native duo the Coen Brothers, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is having difficulty adjusting to his hard-labor sentence in Mississippi. He scams his way off the chain gang with simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (John Turturro), then the trio sets out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters.
Monday, August 15
Film: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Monday, September 19
Film: The Triplets of Belleville
Directed by Sylvain Chomet
“A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.” – Variety
This animated film follows elderly Frenchwoman Madame Souza as she becomes involved in international intrigue when her grandson, Champion, a professional cyclist, is kidnapped and taken abroad. Joined by her faithful dog, Bruno, Souza embarks on a journey to find Champion, and stumbles across unlikely allies in the form of three sisters who are veterans of the vaudeville stage. Tracking down Champion’s criminal captors, the quartet of old women use their wits to try and win the day.
Silverwood Park Screenings:
Screenings at Silverwood Park are presented by the Film Society in partnership with the Three Rivers Park District. Silverwood Park: 2500 County Road E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Wednesday, June 22
Film: Time Bandits
Directed by Terry Gilliam
“A cheerfully irreverent lark — part fairy tale, part science fiction and part comedy.“ – New York Times
In this fantastic voyage through time and space, a boy named Kevin escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)—but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move. Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and his Monty Python cohort Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire of technology gone awry.
Wednesday, July 20
Film: The Last Waltz
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Live Music by Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade
“The greatest rock concert movie ever made — and maybe the best rock movie, period.“ – Chicago Tribune
This screening will be preceded by live music from Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade. Music starts at 6:30pm with the film beginning at dusk.
Seventeen years after joining forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band call it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Nov. 25, 1976. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary features standout performances by rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters, as well as interviews tracing the group’s history and discussing road life.
Wednesday, August 24
Film: Medicine of the Wolf
Directed by Julia Huffman
“Powerful, informative and moving. Please, watch it.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
Winner of the Audience Choice Documentary Award at the 2015 Minneapolis St. Pual International Film Festival. Filmmaker Julia Huffman goes on a journey to learn more about gray wolves in America; the misunderstood carnivores were recently taken off from the endangered species list, and hunters are pushing for the right to hunt them.
The Film Society’s Movies in the Park programming launched last September with a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Gold Medal Park. The screening drew an audience of more than 1500 attendees, with scores of attendees showing up in costume.
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is supported by Legacy Amendment Funding through the Minnesota State Arts Board, Cedarwoods Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, The Star Tribune, US Bank Wealth Management, numerous international Consulates and generous members of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, among many others. For details, visit mspfilm.org