9/2: Ratatouille at Ortine

Description: September is animation month at Ortine. New animated greats from around the world, starting with Pixar’s amazing Ratatouille (Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava, 2007, 111min).

Details: Thursday September 2nd, 8pm or sunset. Ortine Cafe, 622 Washington Ave. btw Dean/Pacific. A/C to Clinton-Washington. Free, one drink minimum.


8/26: The Wiz @ Ortine

Description: Sidney Lumet’s misguided-yet-intriguing retelling of a classic, The Wiz (1978, 134min), with psychedelic Harlem in place of the Heartland, and Diana Ross as Dorothy, a 24-year old schoolteacher, in place of Judy Garland. With support from late greats MJ as Scarecrow, Lena Horne as Glinda the Good, and Richard Pryor saving the film as the seemingly powerless Wizard. A disco-era misfire with great beats and giant garish sets.

Details: Thursday August 26, 8PM SHARP (note earlier start) backyard at Ortine Cafe, 622 Washington Ave btw Dean/Pacific. A/C to Clinton-Wash


8/25: Outsider Artists: Birth of the Sun / Downtown 81

Description: Presenting a pair of films about influential NYC artists of the East Village.
Director Thomas W. Campbell will join us to introduce his documentary BIRTH OF THE SUN (2009, 27min) about Grady Alexis, a forgotten Haitian artist who settled in the city’s burgeoning early ’80s art scene, inspired many, struggled to develop a unique vision, and finally died in a street scuffle with an off-duty policeman in 1991.

Followed by the long-buried trippy travelogue “documentary”-cum-urban fairytale DOWNTOWN 81 (aka NEW YORK BEAT MOVIE, 1981, 72min) featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat on a whirlwind tour through the vibrant lower Manhattan art scene. Featuring Blondie, The Plastics, DNA, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Fab Five Freddy, Vincent Gallo, graf legend Lee Quinones and on and on. The soundtrack, mostly live club performances, survives, but the original dialogue was lost; poet-musician Saul Williams dubbed the late Basquiat’s lines for the resurrected film’s release in 2000.
Essential New York cinema, a great lead-in to the new Basquiat doc THE RADIANT CHILD (now at Film Forum), and “an extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip, arty, clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era.” [Variety]

Details: Wednesday August 25th, doors at 8pm, films at 8:30, discussion with director Thomas Campbell precedes Downtown 81.

At LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave. In the backyard, whether permitting; indoors in the gallery if raining. Popcorn will be served. BYOB.


8/20: "The BQE" on a Brooklyn Rooftop

Description: KCCS presents a special, site-specific screening of singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ quasi-doc portrait of the incidental roadway, The BQE (2009, 45min), inspired by the city, Robert Moses, and hula hoopers. Preceded by Chelsea Herman’s video installation “Cellular Sweep,” introduced by the artist, and DA Pennebaker’s celebrated experimental piece on the 3rd Ave El, “Daybreak Express”

Details: reply to kingscountycinemasociety [at] gmail [dot] com for directions and details for this special screening!


8/19: Top Hat @ Ortine

Description: Musicals Month at Ortine Continues with Top Hat (1935, 100min) the great screwball comedy with Fred Astaire as an American dancer in London, chasing Ginger Rogers all over beautifully constructed escapist sets. Mark Sandrich directs the funniest and most successful of the Astaire/Rogers on-screen partnerships, and Irving Berlin penned the songs.

Details: Thursday August 19, 8:15 or sunset, backyard at Ortine (ortine.com). 622 Washington Ave btw Dean/Pacific. A/C to Clinton-Washington


8/18: Rollings Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Description: screening of Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968/1996, 65min), the Stones’ infamous failed television special originally filmed in December of ’68. The concert/variety show, staged in the middle of a replica seedy Big Top circus stage, features The Stones, The Who, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, and an uber-rare performance from short-lived supergroup The Dirty Mac (John Lennon & Yoko, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell). Mick and co. withheld the special’s release supposedly due to their sub-par performance (they claimed to be exhausted) though most rock fanatics and historians say the actual reason is that the band was clearly upstaged by Pete Townshend and The Who’s epic and ripping performance of “A Quick One While He’s Away.”

Details: Wednesday August 18th, 8:30 pm. Vox Pop Cafe, 1022 Cortelyou Rd. @ Stratford Rd. Q to Cortelyou. Followed by Hump Day Dance Party.


8/12: Carmen Jones at Ortine

Thursday August 12, sundown: Musicals Month continues at Ortine Cafe: Otto Preminger’s memorable reworking of Bizet’s Carmen, Carmen Jones (1954, 100min) with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.

622 Washington Ave btw Dean/Pacific St. A/C to Clinton-Washington


8/11: 3-Iron and Korean short at 25 Kingsland

Description: a night of new Korean Cinema: two recent celebrated shorts and 3-Iron (2004, 95min) from celebrated auteur Kim Ki-duk. A beguiling and bizarre romantic drama about a transient young man who stays in homes of vacationing families, Kim (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring) pulls off a moving romance with not a word spoken by the leads. Programmed by Tiffany Frances and Grace Madison.

Details: Wed. August 11. Program begins at 7:30 and the screening starts at sundown.
Bring your own movie food/drink of choice, blankets and/or chairs.

Address: backyard of 25 Kingsland Ave, apt 1L, 11211
L Graham stop. North on Graham, Right on Skillman, Left on Kingsland.
Date: Wed 8/11
Time: 7:30 p (screening at sundown)


8/5: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Description: It’s Movie Month at Ortine! Starting off with Mel Stuart’s creepy, colorful, classic retelling of Roald Dahl’s beloved “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with the great Gene Wilder as the mad candy man, and a young Joe Lieberman as Charlie Bucket.

Details: Thursday August 5th at Ortine Cafe, 8pm or sundown. 622 Washington Ave btw Dean/Pacific. A/C to Clinton-Wash

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