The films of the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival of 2018 season have been announced! Gather around people because it’s going to be a journey from the 60s to the 90s.

Join the celebration of great filmmakers who created their masterpieces in New York City!

August 14, 2018 – Hair (1979) (PG)

This evergreen American Tribal Love-Rock movie was directed by Milos Forman and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Based on a popular Broadway musical, it is a classic comedy-drama telling a story of a young man from Oklahoma who comes to the big city to join the Army.

However, he stumbles upon a bunch of hippies in Central Park who embrace him and change his life completely. He also falls in love with a rich girl with a rebel heart, but the Vietnam War cuts his happiness short.

Runtime: 118 minutes

August 15, 2018 – Crooklyn (1994) (PG-13)

Directed by Spike Lee and co-written with his sister Joie and brother Cinqué, Crooklyn is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama. Taking place in Brooklyn in 1973, it is about a school teacher who is married to a jazz musician and has five kids of her on to take care of.

The film also features an incredible performance by Spike Lee himself. Crooklyn won the mayor’s inaugural “One Film, One New York” contest in 2017. The contest was voted by New Yorkers and the winner was shown for free at cinemas across five boroughs.

Runtime: 114 minutes

August 16, 2018 – Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) (PG)

The maestro Stanley Kubrick directed, produced, and co-wrote this incredibly sharp political satire about the politics behind the Cold War and an accidental nuclear attack. This landmark film starred by Peter Sellers and George C. Scott was the first commercially successful political film about nuclear war, which was really hard to accomplish at that time.

Runtime: 95 minutes

August 17, 2018 – The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)  (G)

Frank Oz has created a wonderfully fun confection of old-school entertainment which both kids and adults will love. The movie features the entire Muppet gang, with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy at the helm, who are on a quest to bring their variety show, “Manhattan Melodies”, directly to the theaters of Broadway.

Runtime: 94 minutes

Other details

  • The entry to the Film Festival is free, so no tickets are required.
  • Gates will open at 6:30 PM. A pre-show program with music starts from 6:30 PM, while the movie will be played at dusk.
  • All movies are open captioned.
  • For the sake of kids and to ensure everyone can enjoy the programme, alcohol, glass bottles, chairs, tape recorders, and video cameras are not permitted.
  • The event can be canceled due to weather.
  • Festival location: Mineral Springs, W. 69th and W. 70th Streets, north of the Sheep Meadow.