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Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema returns
this summer with 110 films at new venue
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
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Get ready, movie buffs: The Kew
Gardens Festival of Cinema is coming
back this summer, and it’s better than
From Aug. 3-12, the festival will showcase
110 independent films from across
the globe. After over 350 submissions,
the festival has a lineup of films from 23
countries including the U.S., Australia,
Canada, France, Italy, South Africa and
Turkey in a number of genres, including
documentaries, narrative features, animations
“Independent films usually get a bad
rap from the public,” said Jayson Simba,
executive director of the Kew Gardens
Festival of Cinema. “Our goal to show
indie films that are incredible, stunning
and compete with high-end Hollywood
movies. We want to break the stigma and
give them a chance.”
The festival will kick off with the New
York Premiere of Ari Gold’s award-winning
and critically acclaimed “The Song
of Sway Lake.” The screening of the film,
which stars Rory Culkin, will take place
on at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Midway
Stadium 9 in Forest Hills.
For their sophomore year, the Kew
Gardens Festival of Cinema will be moving
the screenings from Kew Gardens to
the Midway Stadium 9 in Forest Hills.
They will also be dedicating time to shine
a light on locally made films that shine a
light on Kew Gardens and New York City.
“The Song of Sway Lake” will have its New York Premiere at the Kew Gardens Festival of Film.
“On Saturday there will be screenings
dedicated to highlighting the Kew
Gardens/Forest Hills area,” Simba said.
“The community asked why we didn’t
have this last year, and we heard them.
Now we can put a spotlight on the neighborhood.”
This year, the festival has partnered
with the Queens Museum to start the festivities
with A Midsummer Night’s Feast
on Tuesday, July 31. From 6 to 9 p.m. at
the Queens Museum, guests can come
and try food from over 30 vendors from
New York City.
“The goal was always to make it bigger
than a film festival so the community
could come out and enjoy it,” Simba said.
“Last year, the Queens Museum had a big
food event. We sat down with them and
they agreed to make it a part of the festival.
We think it will be a great way not just
to expand the festival but to attract people
who might not be interested in film and
have them explore food, art and culture.”
For $15, guests will be able to purchase
food and specialty cocktails from their
favorite vendors and explore the Queens
Museum art galleries. Guests can also
view trailers for the participating films
and buy advanced tickets to the festival.
Get tickets for the food festival at www.
Like last year, the Kew Gardens Festival
of Cinema will host a number of after
parties, trivia nights and other networking
events. Attendees at the Museum can
attend a free day of web series, special
presentations by invited filmmakers, and
a SAG-AFTRA workshop covering the
contracts available for independent films.
On Aug. 9, the Queens Museum will
be presenting a festival selected film as
part of their Passport Thursdays Outdoor
Screening series. On Aug. 10, UA Midway
Stadium 9 will host the Festival’s Midnight
Madness Grindhouse Horror Night. On
Aug. 12, The Center At Maple Grove will
host to two panels: A Change Overdue:
Diversity in Cinema, a discussion on
diversity in independent film, and The
Jury’s Out: Meet the 2018 Festival Jurors.
This year, the Kew Gardens Festival
of Cinema picked up sponsorships
from Regal Entertainment and the
NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and
Entertainment, which they believe will
help make the festival bigger and better
“We’re excited that we have the mayor’s
endorsement, and now that Regal is
involved, we think that it will take the festival
to the next level,” Simba said. “We’re
very excited for the future of the festival.”
Tickets are $15 for regular screenings
and $25 for opening, closing and midweek
premiere screening and also include
admission to the open bar after parties
following the screenings. For tickets and a
full screening schedule, visit kewgardensfestivalofcinema.
Action Bronson headlines ‘Wonderful World’ music fest this July
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
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Celebrate the legacy of Satchmo with
food, music and more in Flushing
Meadows Corona Park later this summer.
On July 21, the Kupferberg Center
for the Arts at Queens College will put
on the fifth annual Louis Armstrong’s
Wonderful World Festival. The festival
will take place at Flushing Meadows
Corona Park, just walking distance from
Louis Armstrong’s former home.
This year, the festival will be headlined
by the legendary rapper, Action Bronson.
The Queens native will be joined by New
Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels,
who will be making their live Queens
debut at the festival. The eight-piece
ensemble has performed with other notable
Queens hip-hop artists such as Nas,
A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, and
A full line-up of musical acts will be
announced in the coming weeks.
The festival will also feature food trucks
and activities centered around honoring
Armstrong’s legacy. Ricky Riccardi,
author of “What A Wonderful World:
The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later
Years,” and the Director of Research
Collections at Louis Armstrong House
Museum, will host lectures and appear
at the festival’s Louis Armstrong House
“We can’t wait to take NYC festival-goers
on a thrilling ride from Queens to
New Orleans and back, at the same time
that we honor and celebrate the legacy of
America’s greatest musical icon, Louis
Armstrong,” said the Kupferberg Center
team. “For this year’s What a Wonderful
World Festival, we honor Satchmo’s life
in Corona by featuring one of Queens’
finest, Action Bronson, and we remember
his birthplace by presenting the Soul
Rebels, who will bring their New Orleans
sound to the field at Flushing Meadows
The free event will start at 4 p.m. A limited
number of VIP ticket packages are
available for $25. Visit armstrongwonderfulworld.
com to RSVP for free tickets or
to purchase a VIP package. Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media