With its new sponsor, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will be moving into its new home at the Regal Entertainment Group’s UA Midway Stadium 9 in Forest Hills.
Festival organizers said though they “are saddened to leave the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens, they are very excited for what this means for the future of the film festival.”
From August 3 to August 11, guests can enjoy films at Midway Stadium 9. But there will be plenty to see and do in Kew Gardens.
Festival attendees and filmmakers will need to make their way over to Kew Gardens to revel in the After Parties, Drunken Trivia Night, Karaoke Night and other networking events that are planned throughout the week, organizers said.
The festival office headquarters and filmmaker lounge will still be located in Maple Grove and Ateaz Café in Kew Gardens, respectively.
And to offer their support and promote the community, the festival is teaming up with local businesses so attendees can shop in Kew Gardens with special discounts for ticket and badge holders.
The Opening Night Film at the Midway will be the New York Premiere of Ari Gold’s award-winning and critically acclaimed “The Song of Sway Lake” starring Rory Culkin on Friday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, August 12, the festival’s Awards Dinner Gala returns to Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
If you’re a fan of all things gory, the UA Midway Stadium 9 will play host to the Festival’s Midnight Madness Grindhouse Horror Night on Friday, August 10.
Prior to the festival will be a special event held by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema and the Queens Museum called “A Midsummer Night’s Feast: A Celebration of Food, Art and Cinema.”
The event, which will take place inside the Queens Museum on Tuesday, July 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature over 30 food vendors from Queens and other parts of the city.
For an admission fee of $15, guests will have the opportunity to purchase small dishes from vendors, along with specialty cocktails, ranging in price from $5 to $10. Attendees will also have the opportunity to peruse the Museum’s galleries and the Panorama, in addition to taking photos on the red carpet, checking out film trailers and networking with filmmakers.
The Queens Museum will also be the site for numerous free programming. A new program this year is the SAG-AFTRA workshop covering the contracts available for independent films.
On Thursday, August 9, the Queens Museum will be presenting a festival selected film, as part of their Passport Thursdays Outdoor Screening series.
On Saturday, August 12, The Center At Maple Grove will play host to two panels – “The Jury’s Out: Meet the 2018 Festival Jurors,” and “A Change Overdue: Diversity in Cinema,” a discussion on diversity in independent film featuring invited filmmakers from the Festival.
Tickets to Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema are priced at $15 for regular daily screenings. Opening, Closing and Mid-week premieres are priced at $25 and include entry into the open bar after parties, following those screenings.
For tickets and more information on the Festival, visit www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com/. To order tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Feast, visit eventbrite at bit.ly/2Mm6k28.
Our picks for must-see films:
BEHIND THE BLUE DOOR
Dir. Mariusz Palej, Poland , 93 min. EAST COAST PREMIERE
For 11-year-old Lukas, an incredible adventure begins the moment he and his mom set off on a summer holiday trip and have a terrible car crash. His mom is in a coma, and the boy must visit his aunt Agatha. She brings him to her guesthouse by the seaside. Here, discovers a secret passage to a different dimension and soon learns what amazing and yet frightening mysteries this new world offers. The movie won Best Debut at Ale Kino!
Dir. Darien Sills-Evans, USA, 83 min. QUEENS PREMIERE
Breaking up is easy. Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.
Dir. Bizhan Tong, United Kingdom, 69 min. WORLD PREMIERE
When Eric pays an escort, Veronica, for 60 minutes of her time he intends to convince her to quit this line of work. But Veronica is no damsel in distress and what ensues is a verbal battle of wits which peel away the layers of who they really are. What they find out about themselves and the secret Eric holds will ensure nothing remains the same again.
Dir. Quentin de Jubécourt, France, 55 min. NEW YORK PREMIERE
A long time ago, in a medieval world, Aegeus, son of Lord Theron, is forced to hide in the forest after the murder of his parents for political reasons. He meets there a young woman, Asteria, who decides to follow him on his journey.
Dir. Seth Fein, USA, 82 min.
Have you seen the Unisphere? What do you see? Between Neighborhoods sees the interborough and international histories of imperialism and immigration that orbit the world, in Queens, across the last fifty years.
KEW GARDENS: SAVE THE BRIDGE
Dir. Jonathan Oliveira, USA, 19 min. WORLD PREMIERE
A series of mom and pop shops reside on the Kew Gardens bridge which bring a variety of uniqueness to the community; but after the MTA pleas for the bridge to be brought down, three teens take it upon themselves to give the people of Kew Gardens a voice to speak out against the corporate giant.
Dir. Aube Giroux, Canada, 87 min. NEW YORK PREMIERE
Modified is a feature-length documentary-memoir that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world.
NOTHING CHANGES: ART FOR HANK’S SAKE
Dir. Matthew Kaplowitz, USA, 80 min.
How far would you go to pursue your passion? At 87 years old, Hank Virgona commutes to his Union Square studio six days a week and makes art. Despite poor health, cancer,
lack of revenue and obscurity as an artist, Hank is unrelenting in his quest to understand how life and art are the same.
Dir. Michael Fishman, USA, 14 min. WORLD PREMIERE
In 2016 the world’s largest stamp show, which takes place once every ten years, was held in NYC at the Javits Convention Center. The subject was intriguing though I knew it would be crowded and challenging (the official count for attendees was 23,017). With a small camera in hand, I set out to capture the experience of attending the sprawling show.