Springtime in New York is anything but straightforward. With winter’s frost still in the air and the season’s buds just at the cusp of blooming, finding the perfect activity can be tricky – especially for first-time visitors. Luckily, this thriving metropolis has just the answer: springtime movie festivals.
This month, locations all over New York will be hosting their own movie screenings – the ideal event for adventurous visitors looking to explore the city without spending all day in the crisp outdoors. Here are our recommendations for experiencing New York’s version of Netflix and chill – but on a much larger scale.
Pictures under the Palms
Through March 15th, the modern shopping pavilion Brookfield Place will be hosting weekly film screenings in their indoor winter garden. Just a quick 10-minute walk from the Wagner, you can cozy up under the palm trees and enjoy free popcorn, comfy seats and a pre-show DJ set. Every Wednesday evening, Brookfield will screen a different film, with March selections including “Midnight in Paris,” “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and the ‘90s cult classic “Romeo + Juliet.”
The Future is Female
Celebrating Women’s History Month? Head over to the Bowery’s Anthology Film Archives to see selections from NYC’s Feminist Film Week. From March 5 – 10, the center will host its third annual film program committed to increasing the visibility of female, female-identified and gender non-conforming filmmakers. Inspired by festivals like Cineffable and the London Feminist Film Week, this year’s film series will focus on the social, historical and material contexts of filmmaking.
Transit at the IFC
The IFC center is world renowned for its dedication to finding and screening the best in independent film. With showings year round, seeing a film at its historic Waverly theater in Greenwich Village is a great way to get into the film spirit of the city. If you’re up for seeing an international film this month, visit the IFC for a screening of Transit, an official selection from the Berlin, Toronto and New York International Film Festivals about a young man assuming the identity of a recently deceased author to secure a visa in Nazi-occupied France.
Documentary and music fan? Take the subway to Kingsland Homestead in Queens for a screening of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award winner from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. The film follows the inspiring life of British-Sri Lankan singer, songwriter and activist Matangi Arulpragasam, famously known as M.I.A. With tickets at just $10, you can join the March 9 screening in the park with fellow film, music and documentary enthusiasts.