Brooklyn’s outdoor film festivals don’t show the latest blockbusters, but who needs the new “Star Wars” movie when you can see real stars? So grab your picnic rug and mosquito repellent and head to one of these (mostly) free screenings — you can catch “Fantastic Four” at next year’s outdoor film fests.
Talk about high art — see indie films while sitting on top of buildings around the borough. Venues this year include the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, the Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts in Clinton Hill, and Industry City in Sunset Park, while programming includes the best shorts from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and acclaimed new documentary “The Wolfpack.”
SummerScreen is a party in the park every Wednesday night. The evening kicks off with a live band and food trucks, then when the sun goes down, the film goes on. Flicks this year include “Clueless,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” and “Jurassic Park.”
McCarren Park (N. 12th Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, www.summe
Syfy Movies With a View
Catch free outdoor screenings of cult movies against picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge every Thursday night. This year’s lineup includes “Sharknado 2,” “Clue,” “Dr. Strangelove,” and “Die Hard.”
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harbor View Lawn (Furman Street at Old Fulton Street, www.brook
Fort Greene arts organization Bric Arts Media will host two films screenings as part of its free Prospect Park music series. On June 26, it will show “Paris is Burning,” an acclaimed documentary about Harlem’s ballroom community in the 1980s by Brooklyn filmmaker Jennie Livingston — though this screening has been the cause of some controversy and the lineup may still be in flux. And on July 17, it will screen the 1926 silent film “The Son of the Sheik,” with Massachusetts band Alloy Orchestra playing a live, original score as accompaniment.
Prospect Park bandshell (enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, www.brica
Narrows Botanical Gardens
Bay Ridge’s favorite community-run garden screens flicks among the flowers on some Friday nights. This year you can catch “Uncle Buck,” “Big Hero 6,” “Mars Attacks,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Narrows Botanical Gardens (7200 Shore Rd. at 71st Street in Bay Ridge, www.narro
Who needs popcorn when there are fish tacos? The Mexican and Cuban joint screens movies at its outdoors Fort Greene location every Sunday night. This year’s eclectic lineup includes “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Purple Rain,” “The Goonies,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Habana Outpost [Fulton Street at South Portland Street in Fort Greene, (718) 858–9500, www.haban
Red Hook Flicks
As of printing, the details of this year’s Red Hook Flicks had not been released, but the screenings typically take place Tuesday nights at Valentino Pier through July and August. Keep an eye on www.redho