Escape in New York Outdoor Films: Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984, 107m)
Who ya gonna call? Three parapsychologists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) are fired from their cushy Columbia University gigs and forced into the private sector. After a paranormal encounter at the New York Public Library, they set up shop as spectral exterminators in an old fire house and begin chasing spooks, specters, and ghosts all over the city with unlicensed nuclear accelerators strapped to their backs. Joined by a blue-collar skeptic (Ernie Hudson), they soon find themselves also battling pugnacious bureaucrats, ancient gods, and giant marshmallows all while trying to prevent the end of the world. Ivan Reitman’s comedy-horror masterpiece—also starring Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis—was a megahit upon release, as was Ray Parker Jr.s’ theme song, and they remain just as addictive today.
Screening with Review (Dustin Guy Defa, USA, 2015, 4m)
A young woman recounts a story to a group of friends who listen with rapt attention, but the tale sounds very familiar… A masterful and clever work by one of the world’s premier shorts filmmakers, who’s also a New York local..
Starting at 6PM, enjoy pre-screening music by Theodore Jahng
The feature film begins at dusk and is free and open to the public. The Parade Ground is a large grassy field, so bring a blanket or something to sit on!
Ferries during outdoor film nights will depart Lower Manhattan at 4:45, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 PM. Ferries will return to Lower Manhattan from Soissons Landing at 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 10:45 and 11:00PM.
Think you have the best Ghostbusters-inspired look? Come dressed in your best costume to participate in our contest. The winner will be announced before the film begins and will receive a prize!
Our third screening of Escape in New York: Outdoor Films on Governors Island is presented in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The series is inspired by the city we all call home, and those iconic skyline views seen from the harbor.
Photo courtesy of Columbia/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock