This summer the International Film Festival North Hollywood is giving us a line up of films at their 2015 Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series in parks and other venues around North Hollywood. So back your picnic basket, grab your friends and family, and enjoy classic, big name movies for free in NoHo!
We asked the CEO and festival director Nicholas Goodman some questions to explain how the 2015 Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series came about.
Why did you decide to do the Free Summer Movie Series?
It is a good way to introduce ourselves to the community. We wanted to do something fun and free for the people of North Hollywood and let them know that we are a new indie film festival in town at the same time. All three North Hollywood Neighborhood Councils wanted to show at least one free movie this summer. So when we found out that District 2 City Councilman Paul Krekorian also wanted to show movies in the park, we partnered with all of those civic leaders to bring you the 2015 Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series. The Councilman asked us to produce as many of these free events as possible. Since we are the movie people, it was a natural partnership for us.
Are there going to be different food/beverage discounts at each event?
We are excited to have Pitfire Artisan Pizza in NoHo and The Fat Dog NoHo as restaurant sponsors. At Pitfire, order a Pizza Picnic (pizza, lemonade and jumbo cookie) and they will take $5.00 off the regular price on the night of the show. Our new sponsor, The Fat Dog, will offer a special menu for dining in at the restaurant prior to the movie with a kids menu and special cocktails. Also, there will be a couple of food trucks at the park serving up tacos, hotdogs and ice cream. We are continuing to explore other favorite options so, yes, stay tuned and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for further announcements as we roll out the summer season.
Any common rules or suggestions for outdoor screenings?
Well, without giving away “trade secrets,” I'd have to say common sense, basic rules include not permitting alcohol or smoking and insisting that all dogs be on a leash. These are public events and you want everyone to feel welcomed - just come with a picnic and enjoy a great movie. Everyone we talked to in North Hollywood thinks it’s a great idea. So far we have been very successful. Our screening of The Beatles' “A Hard Day's Night” was the first public event at the NoHo Plaza attracting more than 200 people and the screening of “The Princess Bride” at North Hollywood Park drew 400+ people for a beautiful night of culture and fun. The important thing is to get the word out and let everyone in the community know about the 2015 Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series in North Hollywood. There is plenty of room at the park for everyone. We hope to see you there.
Anything we want to highlight or add?
International Film Festival North Hollywood is an annual independent top-tier indie film festival taking place in April 2016 in the NoHo Arts District. Come see free movies in the park this summer and join us for provocative and entertaining new independent films at the four-day film festival in the spring.
About International Film Festival North Hollywood
The International Film Festival North Hollywood (IFFNH) celebrates the art of filmmaking, helps support a community of artists and showcases North Hollywood as an entertainment and tourist destination. IFFNH supports and nurtures emerging independent filmmakers and their stories from around the world not currently found in mainstream American cinema. Our goal is to collaborate with community partners to build social cohesiveness, philanthropy and volunteerism using film as the catalyst. The International Film Festival North Hollywood is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Learn more at http://www.iffnoho.com and follow us on social media: Facebook and Twitter.
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