July 14, 2016 Staff Report
The first ever Boulevard Film Festival will take place this weekend, featuring Queens-based independent filmmakers as well as Sunnyside businesses.
The festival will screen about two dozen short films July 15 to July 17, at the Thalia Spanish Theatre (41-17 Greenpoint Ave), Bar 43 (43-06 43rd St.), and the Dog and Duck (45-20 Skillman Ave.).
“These films are good!” co-founder Amanda Barker said. “Most films were edgier than we expected, but one day is fine for families.”
Opening night will feature “dark dramas” at the Thalia Spanish Theatre on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The family event will take place July 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., also at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, with screenings of six family-friendly dramas, according to the event page.
There will also be a “Midnight Movies” screening at the Dog and Duck, July 17 at 12 a.m. (Saturday night into Sunday).
Tickets for the Boulevard Film Festival are now on sale and can be purchased for $22 each night or $65 for all four screenings. A full festival lineup and tickets information can can be found online here.
Barker, along with her fiancé Matthew Carlson, received about 85 entries for the festival. Together, they cut that list down to about 25.
Barker decided to put this festival together shortly after the Sunnyside Center Cinema closed, she told the Sunnyside Post in April.
She is hoping that this will not only showcase the work of local filmmakers, but also help community businesses.