Rockaway may not have a movie theater, but that doesn’t mean the movies can’t come to us. For the first time ever, the Rockaway Film Festival is coming to town.
Local, Sam Fleischner, a filmmaker himself, is spearheading this new project that will bring a four-day festival featuring movies, documentaries and clips of all genres, some made by Rockaway residents and some featuring Rockaway residents in them.
The festival will take place from October 18 through October 21 in a brand new location at 323 Beach 74th Street. The space is brought to you by David Selig, who now owns The Castle on Beach 117th Street.
The program will kick off on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. with a short film made in 1959, called “Skyscraper,” which documents the complete construction of the now infamous, 666 Broadway, followed by two other films. On Friday night there will be one feature film and on Saturday and Sunday, films will be shown all day, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival ends with Ben Chase and Fleischner’s film, Wah Do Dem, featuring Norah Jones, Sean Bones, Kev Bewersdorf and Sam Fleischner, who will be there for the screening.
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