2020

Series

LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE

October 14, 17 + 18

ROCKAWAY FILM FESTIVAL #6

August 19 - 27, 2023

Rockaway Film Festival #5

September 17–25th, 2022

FAR ROCKAWAY SUMMER SERIES

SATURDAY July 16, 23, 30, 2022

Rockaway Film Festival #4

September 13th–19th, 2021

O'Donohue Park Sunset Series

Saturdays at Sunset from August 28th - September 11th, 2021

End of Summer Film Series

August 28th, September 4th and September 11th, 2021

Under the Lip: Dispatches from Beyond the Whitewash

July 7th, August 11th and September 15th, 2021

Borough to Borough

June 10th-11th, 2021

Rockaway Film Festival #3

October 21st - 25th, 2020

Rockaway Film Festival #2

October 17-21st, 2019

Rockaway Film Festival #1

October 18 - 21st, 2018

Individual Events

Saturday
,
May 11
,
2024
8:00 pm
PETITE MAMAN

by Céline Sciamma. 2021. 72 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
May 4
,
2024
8:00 pm
STAR WARS: The Empire Strikes Back

plus a short film by Pat O'Neill.

Part of
Thursday
,
Apr 25
,
2024
8:00 pm
special preview screening!
Part of
Sunday
,
Apr 21
,
2024
8:00 pm
Earth Day Celebration: THE BLUE PLANET

SHORELINE CLEANUP AND FREE SCREENING

Part of
Wednesday
,
Oct 18
,
2023
7:00 pm
LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE: NIGHT 3

films by Shannon Morall, Tom A. Capps, Jonah Goldstein, Mori Ortiz, Barrett Shuler + Keith Roenke.

Part of
Tuesday
,
Oct 17
,
2023
7:00 pm
LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE: NIGHT 2

films by Brian Chu + Dylan Case.

Part of
Saturday
,
Oct 14
,
2023
5:00 pm
LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE: NIGHT 1

films by Lulios Kouroupis + Lee Quinby.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 16
,
2023
8:30 pm
FUNNY PAGES

part of PICTOBEACH BAZAAR — an outdoor comic art festival

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 9
,
2023
7:30 pm
VIDEO DIARY OF A LOST GIRL

by Lindsay Denniberg. 2012. 96 min. Guest curated by Cristina Cacioppo.

*postponed due to weather
Part of
Sunday
,
Aug 27
,
2023
7:00 pm
ADVANCE SCREENING OF HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON S3 FINALE

with a selection of earlier shorts presented by John Wilson, and a ventriloquist performance by Sophie Becker.

Part of
Sunday
,
Aug 27
,
2023
5:00 pm
PULL OVER

a collection of films about trying to get from one place to the next.

Part of
Saturday
,
Aug 26
,
2023
9:30 pm
COASTAL KNOWLEDGE: MOSAIC OF MYSTERY

with a post-screening DJ set by Justus + Rahill.

Part of
Saturday
,
Aug 26
,
2023
7:00 pm
AUTO PHOTO

with a live music performance by Rahill.

Part of
Saturday
,
Aug 26
,
2023
3:30 pm
NATURAL POSSESSION

a sweeping look at mountains, monuments, trees, and crops – pieces of nature that cannot be owned.

Part of
Friday
,
Aug 25
,
2023
7:00 pm
BEACH SESSIONS PRESENTS

with a live music performance by Surf Jazz Trio.

Part of
Thursday
,
Aug 24
,
2023
7:00 pm
GENERATIONAL BREATHS

guest curated by Jessica Beshir, with a live music performance by Kyp Malone.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Aug 23
,
2023
8:00 pm
HERE AT THE WATER’S EDGE

guest presented by Jake Perlin, with a live projection performance by Duelle Films.

Part of
Tuesday
,
Aug 22
,
2023
8:00 pm
UTOPIA HA HA

independent animations guest curated by Miranda Javid.

Part of
Monday
,
Aug 21
,
2023
7:00 pm
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

with a live dance performance by Gio Fernandez-Kincade + m i c c a.

Part of
Sunday
,
Aug 20
,
2023
7:00 pm
A STILL SMALL VOICE

New York premiere, with a live music performance by Steve Gunn.

Part of
Sunday
,
Aug 20
,
2023
5:00 pm
PLAYLAND

by Georden West. 2023, 72 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Aug 20
,
2023
3:30 pm
LOVE SPELLS

Between rituals and role-play, these shorts linger in the power dynamics of the lonely-hearted.

Part of
Saturday
,
Aug 19
,
2023
7:00 pm
FANTASIA + FISCHINGER

Plus a live music performance by Rockaway Chamber Music.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 29
,
2023
8:30 pm
WADE IN THE WATER

Part of the 3rd annual Benny Beya Bash with Kassia Meador + Leah Dawson.

Part of
Sunday
,
Jul 23
,
2023
8:30 pm
LE ORME

Presented by SPECTACLE.

Part of
Sunday
,
Jul 23
,
2023
7:00 pm
Rockaway Chamber Music

Rockaway Chamber Music returns to the cinema for a concert of string quartets!

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 22
,
2023
8:30 pm
POPEYE

by Robert Altman. 1980.114 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 15
,
2023
8:30 pm
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND

by Brian Henson. 1996. 99 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 15
,
2023
6:00 pm
HEAD HI SUMMER SHORTS

An evening of short surf films that showcase the raddest surfing by the best and stylish free-riders of our time.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 8
,
2023
8:30 pm
SAMBIZANGA + TRACES OF YARROW

presented by ALFREDA'S CINEMA

DATE CHANGE! Now scheduled for this SATURDAY
Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 8
,
2023
8:30 pm
HOOK

by Steven Spielberg. 1991. 142 min.

Part of
Friday
,
Jul 7
,
2023
8:30 pm
THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL

A tribute screening to the iconic singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte.

Part of
Friday
,
Jun 30
,
2023
8:30 pm
WHAT ABOUT ME + ALL DOGS

presented by AIRTIME

Part of
Saturday
,
Jun 10
,
2023
7:00 pm
CORTOMETRAJES: SCIENCE FICTIONS AND FUTURES

A series of short films concerning new futures and Puerto Rican science fiction, with a DJ set by Gio Escobar and a geodesic dome assembly by artist Matthew Mottel.

Part of
Friday
,
Jun 9
,
2023
8:30 pm
SIMULACROS DE LIBERACIÓN (DRILLS OF LIBERATION)

by Juan C. Dávila. 2021. 120 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Jun 4
,
2023
8:30 pm
AN EVENING WITH LARRY GOTTHEIM

a program of shorts by a pillar of American avant-garde cinema.

Part of
Sunday
,
Jun 4
,
2023
7:00 pm
ROCKAWAY CHAMBER MUSIC

a fresh music collective bringing classical music to the peninsula.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jun 3
,
2023
7:00 pm
CATHODE PRESENTS

An epic program of short films, VHS oddities, musical confusion, and iconic DIY cinema.

Part of
Saturday
,
May 27
,
2023
8:30 pm
FLAMING CREATURES + THERE IS A TRANSOLUTION

co-presented by The Infernal Grove & The Film-makers' Cooperative

Part of
Sunday
,
May 21
,
2023
8:30 pm
BEFORE, THE SUMMER + SURF GANG

co-presented by SPECTACLE

Part of
Sunday
,
Apr 23
,
2023
6:00 pm
EARTH DAY

shoreline cleanup, screening, and expanded cinema performance in collaboration with Laru Beya, Buena Onda Collective + Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Part of
Sunday
,
Nov 13
,
2022
7:00 pm
LOCAL FILMMAKERS’ NIGHT

Join us for this special screening of recent short films by Rockaway talents.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 25
,
2022
8:30 pm
STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

by Sam Fleischner. 2013. 107 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 25
,
2022
6:30 pm
KIAROSTAMI FOR KIDS

Five rarely seen shorts by the Iranian master, guest programmed by Jason Evans (This Long Century/Ecstatic Static). Live music performance by Lace Card.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 24
,
2022
9:00 pm
PEPPERMINTA

by Pipilotti Rist. 2009. 84 min. Preceded by INTUITION PROPOSITION by Lindsay Packer. 2022. 4 min. Live dance performance by Sigrid Lauren.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 24
,
2022
7:00 pm
MET MES

by Sam de Jong. 2022. 78 min. Preceded by MY ONLY IDOL IS REALITY by Martine Syms. 2007. 7 min.

Part of
Friday
,
Sep 23
,
2022
9:30 pm
WATERPROOF

A look into the polarizing attributes of Water as a conduit in the Black experience. Guest programmed by Melissa Lyde, co-presented by Alfreda's Cinema.

Part of
Friday
,
Sep 23
,
2022
6:30 pm
COASTAL KNOWLEDGE: HARBOR OF MYTH

A map of whispered mythologies and intracoastal histories. These hybrid films shapeshift between fictional performances and documentary traditions, reawakening memories lost at sea. Invoking colonial phantoms, they examine notions of territory and possession. Live music performance by Bass Trio with Michael Isvara Montgomery, Ari Folman-Cohen & Ran Livneh.

Part of
Thursday
,
Sep 22
,
2022
9:00 pm
KEEP IT A SECRET

by Sean Duggan. 2021. 61 min.‍ Preceded by BERNADETTE by Duncan Campbell. 2008. 37 min.

Part of
Thursday
,
Sep 22
,
2022
6:30 pm
GOD’S CREATURES

by Saela Davis & Anna Rose Holmer. 2022. 94 min. ‍Live bagpipes by Rockaway local John F. McManus.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Sep 21
,
2022
9:00 pm
NEW YORK SHORTS

Representing the many modes of narrative filmmaking, this lineup of new work from New York filmmakers moves from laughs to chills and arrives near the supernatural.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Sep 21
,
2022
6:30 pm
PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD

by Jerry Schatzberg. 1970. 105 min.‍ Live performance by Sleepy Doug Shaw.

Part of
Tuesday
,
Sep 20
,
2022
9:00 pm
WINCHESTER TRILOGY

by Jeremy Blake.

Part of
Tuesday
,
Sep 20
,
2022
6:30 pm
PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

by Paul Thomas Anderson. 2002. 95 min.

Part of
Monday
,
Sep 19
,
2022
9:30 pm
COASTAL KNOWLEDGE: ELEMENTAL UTILITY

A collection of short, contemporary documentaries examining the human condition through water, our attempts to clean up our mess and find ways to live harmoniously in the ever-changing environment.

Part of
Monday
,
Sep 19
,
2022
6:30 pm
MORNING OF THE EARTH

by Albert Falzon. 1972. 79 min. Preceded by AS WE PROCEED by Matt Webster. 2020. 23 min. Live music performance by Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer).

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 18
,
2022
9:00 pm
GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE

by Jacquelyn Mills. 2022. 103 min. Preceded by IN THE CONSERVATORY by Caryn Cline. 2010. 5 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 18
,
2022
6:30 pm
LIQUID LIMITS

From the cosmos to the beach, swimming pools to tidal marshes, above and below the waterline, this bicoastal program plunges deep into this marine interzone through films and videos that adapt our eyes and ears to new aquatic environments. Guest programmed by Leo Goldsmith with a sunset live music performance by C. Lavender.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 17
,
2022
9:00 pm
STORYTIME

A series of shadow puppet tales; digital, but no less made by hand. A collection of hand drawn narrative shorts to warm your palms. Guest programmed by Ted Wiggin with a live shadow puppet performance by Olivia Vaughn Hern.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 17
,
2022
6:30 pm
PONYO

by Hayao Miyazaki. 2008. 101 min. Preceded by SECRET GOLDFISH by Bi Gan. 2016. 1 min. Live music performance by Laraaji.

Part of
Friday
,
Aug 19
,
2022
7:30 pm
EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH

co-presented by Beach Sessions Dance Series

Part of
Saturday
,
Aug 13
,
2022
8:00 pm
HANNAH HA HA

by Jordan Tetewsky + Joshua Pikovsky. 2022. 76 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 30
,
2022
8:30 pm
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

by Henry Selick. 1996. 79 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 23
,
2022
8:30 pm
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT

by Robert Zemeckis. 1988. 104 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 16
,
2022
8:30 pm
SPACE JAM

by Joe Pytka. 1996. 88 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Jul 10
,
2022
8:30 pm
A TRIBUTE TO DORE O.

Co-presented by Spectacle, Anthology Film Archives + the German Film Office

Part of
Saturday
,
Jul 9
,
2022
8:30 pm
DO NOT RESEARCH in Rockaway

Do Not Research presents a screening of video works that explore niche internet subcultures and the strange experience of being online today.

Part of
Saturday
,
Jun 18
,
2022
8:30 pm
Alfreda's Cinema + Rockaway Film Festival Present: SANKOFA

Join us in celebrating Juneteenth with a special screening of Haile Gerima's newly restored masterpiece Sankofa. Preceded by Natalija Joi’s short Black Joi, a rumination on 'home.'

Part of
Friday
,
Jun 17
,
2022
8:30 pm
ANIMATION BRÜT

Curated by Sam Gurry, Animation Brüt is a night of experimental animation, presenting 12 films by creators outside the traditional paradigm, seeking to break down boundaries from the inside.

Part of
Monday
,
May 30
,
2022
8:00 pm
Light Industry x Rockaway Film Festival

Join us on Memorial Day for a special double bill and barbecue presented by Light Industry. Tickets include food and are free for Light Industry's Patreon members.

Part of
Saturday
,
May 28
,
2022
8:00 pm
CRESTONE

by Marnie Ellen Hertzler. 2020. 73 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Apr 23
,
2022
5:00 pm
THE HOTTEST AUGUST + BEACH CLEANUP

Join Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), Rockaway Film Festival, and Rockaway Bay Coastal Association for a special Earth Day FREE screening and beach cleanup.

Part of
Friday
,
Nov 5
,
2021
7:30 pm
The Nest

by Sean Durkin with a post-screening discussion with Rockaway's own Oona Roche.

Part of
Sunday
,
Oct 31
,
2021
8:00 pm
Bram Stoker's Dracula

by Francis Ford Coppola. 1992. 128 min.

*postponed to due to weather
Part of
Sunday
,
Oct 31
,
2021
7:00 pm
Local Filmmakers’ Night

special screening of recent short films by Rockaway filmmakers.

*postponed due to weather
Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 19
,
2021
9:00 pm
SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS

by Lisa Rovner. 2020. 84 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 19
,
2021
8:30 pm
LIVE MUSIC: EROSIKA

Special performance from a local Rockaway electronic sound artist. Free with movie ticket.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 19
,
2021
7:00 pm
TERRA FEMME

by Courtney Stephens. 2017-21. 62 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 19
,
2021
5:00 pm
WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S

by Ted Kotcheff. 1989. 98 min.

Part of
Sunday
,
Sep 19
,
2021
1:00 pm
THE POINT

by Fred Wolf. 1971. 74 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 18
,
2021
9:00 pm
Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 18
,
2021
7:00 pm
ALGORITHM

This program of short films travels through social algorithms of the everyday. Objects become flexible, recontextualized as indifferently omniscient narrators guide us through striking patterns of possession, appropriation, exploitation and assigned meaning.

Part of
Friday
,
Sep 17
,
2021
11:00 pm
AFTER PARTY

Legendary DJ Edan mixing tunes and live visuals. Free with movie ticket.

Part of
Friday
,
Sep 17
,
2021
9:00 pm
MULIGNANS + JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Shaka King.

Part of
Friday
,
Sep 17
,
2021
7:00 pm
EL PLANETA

by Amalia Ulman. 2021. 82 min.

Part of
Thursday
,
Sep 16
,
2021
9:00 pm
UNTITLED (GHOST FILM) + WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR

Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun.

Part of
Thursday
,
Sep 16
,
2021
7:00 pm
ANIMATION PROGRAM

A screening of short animations about searching for meaning in everyday life. How can we read routine? What can we uncover in our words? How can we peel back quotidien moments to create understanding? Programmed by Becky James.

Part of
Thursday
,
Sep 16
,
2021
5:30 pm
LIVE MUSIC: JEFFREY LEWIS

Prolific LES indie-folk rocker and comic book artist. Free with movie ticket.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Sep 15
,
2021
11:00 pm
AFTER PARTY

Live DJ set by Andrew VanWyngarden. Free with movie ticket.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Sep 15
,
2021
9:00 pm
HOW I CHOOSE TO SPEND THE REMAINDER OF MY BIRTHING YEARS + THE WATERMELON WOMAN

by Sarah Lasley. 2020. 6 min. and by Cheryl Dunye. 1996. 90 min.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Sep 15
,
2021
7:00 pm
SPIRIT OF AKASHA SESSIONS + LITMUS

We’re closing the Benny's Club series out with a program that investigates how surfing changed in the 20 years between the mid-90s and mid-2010s, using the vision of one filmmaker, Andrew Kidman, as our experiment’s control.

Part of
Wednesday
,
Sep 15
,
2021
5:30 pm
LIVE MUSIC: BLAC RABBIT

Psychedelic rock from Rockaway superstars. Free with movie ticket.

Part of
Tuesday
,
Sep 14
,
2021
9:00 pm
CROSS EYED

by Amit Desai. 2021. 100 min.

Part of
Tuesday
,
Sep 14
,
2021
7:00 pm
COASTAL KNOWLEDGE

Programmed by Emily Packer.

Part of
Monday
,
Sep 13
,
2021
9:00 pm
Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie

Post-screening discussion with stars Sam Suchmann & Mattie Zufelt and filmmakers Jesse Suchmann & Robert Carnevale.

Part of
Monday
,
Sep 13
,
2021
7:00 pm
Above the Waves

Shorts program by Jason Evans (This Long Century).

Part of
Monday
,
Sep 13
,
2021
5:30 pm
Tall Juan

Argentinian punk jams from a Rockaway local. Free with movie ticket.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 11
,
2021
7:30 pm
MAN ON WIRE

by James Marsh. 2008. 94 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Sep 4
,
2021
7:30 pm
COUNTRYMAN

by Dickie Jobson. 1982. 102 min.

Part of
Saturday
,
Aug 28
,
2021
6:30 pm
THE OSPREY OF HOPE + BABE: PIG IN THE BIG CITY

Special puppet performance and feature.

Part of