The subway, like cinema, is a vital communal experience that brings you elbow to elbow with your fellow New Yorkers. Beginning in March, over the course of eight weeks, Cinebeasts will explore the ‘daily miracle’ that is the New York City subway system by screening subway themed features, docs, and video ephemera at various theaters around the city, and even busking (performing in a public place) with short films underground.
The Subway Series is comprised of four “above ground” screenings and complemented by “underground” screenings at subway stops throughout the city.
FIRST STOP – April 6, 7:30pm
Information Super Subway
(124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, between Bedford Ave. & Berry Street.)
$5 Cinebeasts will present a homemade megamix of video ephemera examining the ego and the id of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Representing the man is the MTA Youtube channel in all its institutional glory PSAs, commercials, and wholesome archival footage of bygone days. Add to the mix the volatile treasure trove of buskers, brawlers, and surfers whose antics have been captured on phonevideo by weary straphangers for over a decade.
NEXT STOP – April 14, 7pm
(322 Union Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
(32 Second Ave.NY, NY 10003)
Cinebeasts presents an omnibus program exploring the cinematic representation of the New York Subway System. Highlights include Anthology’s newly restored “El Atlantis,” Stan Brakhage’s “Wonder Ring,” highlights from our open call for short films we have “busked” with on the subway.
Throughout March and April the Cinebeast crew will set up makeshift movie theaters that consists of a folding table with portable DVD players. Straphangers will be able to walk up and pick whichever film they like, time it to their commute or by their mood (experimental, funny, etc).
Film Busking Schedule:
screenings will take place on the train platforms Wednesdays and Thursdays after rush hour and Sundays in the early evening.
Screening will take place at subway stops closest to the aboveground venues. North Brooklyn: popular L and G train stops, Lower Manhattan: F and 1 train stops are a few possible locations. Confirm locations by following Cinabeasts on Twitter @cinebeasts, or Facebook: www.facebook.com/cinebeasts
The films are selections from Cinebeasts’s open call and other NYC Subway video ephemera (historical and contemporary).