2011 Central Park Film Festival - Central Park

2011 Central Park Film Festival

Music is the theme at the ninth annual Central Park Film Festival, which brings free movies to the heart of Manhattan for five nights, Aug. 23-27. From rock to country, the films will celebrate great musicians and the best in popular music, with each night showcasing a different musical icon.

Saturday night’s movie is Viewer’s Choice, and thanks to your participation, A Star is Born has won the vote.

The festival will be held in the landscape just north of Sheep Meadow and south of the 72nd St. Cross Drive.

All screenings begin at 8:00 pm, rain or shine. Gates open to the public at 6:30 pm. Guest DJs play at 6:30 pm. All movies will be closed captioned. Bring a picnic! Please note that alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, video cameras, tape recorders or flash cameras are not allowed. All bags are subject to search.

El Cantante

Tuesday, Aug. 23: El Cantante (2006) The life story of Hector Lavoe, who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States. Starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. 106 min.

Bird

Wednesday, Aug. 24: Bird (1988) The troubled life and career of legendary jazz musician, Charlie “Bird” Parker. Starring Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, and Michael Zelniker. 161 min.

Dream Girls

Thursday, Aug. 25: Dreamgirls (2006) Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers crosses over to the pop charts in the early 1960’s. Starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. 130 min.

Shine a Light

Friday, Aug. 26: Shine a Light (2008) A career-spanning documentary on the legendary rock group, the Rolling Stones. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film includes concert footage from the band’s “A Bigger Bang” tour. 122 min.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Viewers’ Choice

A Star is Born

A Star is Born (1976) A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. Starring Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson and Gary Busey. 139 min.


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