“Dim, poignant, surreal, unconventional. Probably these are the first words to come to one’s mind, when describing the animated films made in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Almost 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the slow and oftentimes troubled process of democratization in the region, animated short films have an increasing approach to reflect on social and political subjects. While artistic animated short films have a tendency in general to evoke the universal condition of human existence, contemporary animation from Central and Eastern Europe combine this with a strong incentive for dealing with issues of the actual world, like the long-term effects of childhood traumas on one’s personality, the gender differences or the personal freedom in today’s society.”
Films from: Poland, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro, Latvia and Hungary.
(The full program has, in addition to the screenings, workshops and a networking event.)
Get ready for an exciting performance of Bollywood and Traditional Indian Dance and Music – followed by an interactive dance lesson! Ajna Dance Company delivers visually stunning and culturally rich performances that engage, educate and inspire – with dances that blend the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with Bollywood and other contemporary movement. Ajna has appeared on NBC and ABC’s Good Morning America, The Food Network, and performed at countless NYC landmarks including The United Nations, Macy’s, and Barclays.
Kimya’s playful vocals paired with her eclectic musical compositions will capture your heart. She’s a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack. Kimya has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times which described her as “a veteran of the scrappy anti-folk circuit, with stream of consciousness songs that balance the caustic and the childlike”.
George Gee’s 8th album is: “Swing Makes You Happy” – and that’s exactly what this show will do! When the George Gee Swing Orchestra plays popular songs from the Swing Era, you’re sure to feel more pep in your step. George Gee Swing Orchestra’s appearances include MTV, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and ABC’s Good Morning America. (Note: This show will take place rain or shine! If it rains, we have an indoor space to sway and swing in!)
August: “Waterside Summer Movie Series” – Mondays (see below for times)
August brings you to the plaza for movies the whole family can enjoy. With over six acres (including landscaped gardens facing the East River), Waterside is the ideal location from which to take in the film, the amazing views, the complimentary refreshments, and, have a wonderful evening in the city – with the feel of an urban retreat.
Take a journey into worlds of animated toys, goblins and re-gain your child-like wonder:
August 20th – Waterside’s Audience Choice*! (7pm)
Being shown at Waterside by popular demand – “The Wizard of Oz”! This beloved, iconic 1939 musical is based on the work of L. Frank Baum.
SPECIAL EVENT: In addition to the film, Marc Baum of the All Things Oz Museum, a non-profit organization devoted to Oz, will join us. He will bring free collectable postcards and other Oz goodies.
Marc Baum will lead us in All Things Oz Trivia Contest – bring your knowledge, your courage and your heart. There will also be a best Oz costume. Both activities will feature prizes for the winners!
Friday, August 24th – “Labyrinth” (7:30pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 13)
Starring the iconic David Bowie and a pre-Academy Award-winning Jennifer Connelly, this Jim Henson musical fantasy tale has a teenage girl, tired of babysitting her baby brother, wish him away – only to have him captured by the evil Goblin King!
Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics, the beautifully animated From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of a high school couple’s innocent love and the secret surrounding their births. The film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered. Written by Academy Award Winner and the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first creative collaboration between father and son. This English language version features the voices of Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Dern.
Tuesday, August 28th – “Toy Story” (8pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 6)
Toys come to life in this ever-popular 1995 film about a cowboy doll threatened by a new spaceman figure. Will the cowboy lose his place in a little boy’s heart? Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
Join Waterside for these irresistible events!
All events are free and take place on the plaza (25 Waterside Plaza, NY, NY 10010.) Limited seating is available, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
This year, Turner Classic Movies brings Big Screen Classics to just a few select theaters – including our local AMC Kips Bay 15. (Just a 10-minute trip away, via the M34/M34A.)
“Fathom Events and TCM bring some of the greatest titles ever back into movie theaters. In addition, these classics will each be accompanied by exclusive commentary from TCM hosts who will provide insight, background and more, making these events that movie lovers won’t want to miss.”
What is it? Showing long films, short films, old and new, “The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are delighted to continue their partnership to bring you the 27th annual New York Jewish Film Festival, presenting films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience.”
What’s on it?
“Tracking Edith” (A documentary which “follows filmmaker Peter Stephan Jungk’s journey to understand his great aunt, the Austro-British photographer Edith Tutor-Hart, who lived a double life as a spy for the KGB and created the Cambridge Five, the Soviet Union’s most successful spy ring in the United Kingdom.”)
“Mr. and Mrs. Adelman“ (“This hilarious and absurd take on the romantic comedy slyly toys with the cliché of writer and muse, following a man as he transforms from non-committal aspiring writer to fame-obsessed egotist.”)
What is it? “Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival returns for its 20th year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 31 countries in total. This year’s fun-filled program showcases curated selections from the top children’s festivals in North America and the renowned Jim Henson Foundation.”
“Short Docs: My Story, My Way” (“These mini documentaries offer a window into the lives of youth around the world, following kids as they navigate pivotal life changes that impact their future.”)
“Thrills, Spills and Accidents“ (“From sledding with a squirrel, to stomping with elephants, to guarding a leaf from a hungry caterpillar, these animated nuggets offer lessons in being yourself and finding beauty in life’s little accidents.”)
What is it? “During four weekends in February and March, the Festival welcomes over 25,000 young people, parents, and movie-lovers to explore the world without leaving NYC. Presenting the best new animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film from across the globe, we invite you to watch, laugh, create, and explore with us.”
What’s on it?
“VR Jr. – Experiences” (“Explore a new facet of creative production with a set of virtual reality projects that place kids at the helm of their own immersive story world. Projects include the East Coast premiere of the Neil Gaiman picture book adaptation Wolves in the Walls, directed by Pete Billington, and Golden Globe-nominated director Jorge Gutiérrez’s Son of Jaguar, a new Google Spotlight Story placing viewers into the story of a family of Mexican wrestlers.”)
“Girls’ POV“ (“The stories here go way beyond fairy tales of girls spinning straw into gold. Spin your own creative future alongside righteous DJ Van(essa) in Flip the Record, leap over stereotypes in a single bound with the clever Superperson, and stay on point with the determined focus of our b-balling protagonist in Game.”)
“Boys Beyond Boundaries” (“Join us for even more films that push against barriers of how boys and girls should be and be seen. Take a spin with Janero as he vies to become The King of Twirl, consider how to transcend differences of culture and language to make friends in Hello Salaam, and explore how your identity is in your own hands—or er, paws—in Cat Days.”)