Escape in New York Outdoor Films: The Last Dragon
The Last Dragon (Michael Shultz, 1985, 109m)
Inspired by a similarly named martial artist, Bruce Leroy (Taimak) searches throughout New York City for a master who will help him achieve the highest form of martial-arts enlightenment known only as “The Glow.” Along the way, he must contend with Sho’nuff (Julius John Carry III), who sees Leroy as the one obstacle in his becoming the baddest martial artist in Harlem. Leroy also gets involved with Laura Charles (Vanity), a music-variety-show host being harassed by a video-arcade mogul trying to help his girlfriend (Tony-winning Faith Prince) get one of her terrible music videos featured on her show. Set to an amazing soundtrack produced by Berry Gordy, this delightful cult classic was filmed all over the city and has cameos by William H. Macy, Ernie Reyes Jr., Chazz Palminteri, Jim Moody, Mike Starr, and Queen Esther Marrow.
Screening with Hernia (Jay Giampietro, 2015, 12m)
This hilarious short follows neurotic hypochondriac Rudy (Stephen Gurewitz), who’s convinced he is suffering from a hernia, as he heads into the downtown NYC night in search of sympathy from his friends, all of whom have lost patience with him.
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.
Our final 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.
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