W NEW YORK – DOWNTOWN BRINGS POP UP CINEMA TO NEW HEIGHTS
WITH GRAND CLASSICS: “NEW YORK IN FILM” SUMMER SCREENINGS
Legendary Director and Filmmaker Spike Lee Presents “Midnight Cowboy”
Amidst Sweeping Views of Manhattan Skyline
New York, NY – W Downtown in partnership with Grand Classics will continue its New York in Film summer screenings on July 26 and 31 featuring Midnight Cowboy, inspired by New York City and presented by one of the city’s most celebrated experts in film, Spike Lee. Taking place in W Downtown’s private Residential Lounge, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of Lower Manhattan 31 floors above street level, the second event in the series offers insight into a classic film that epitomizes and has helped to inspire Lee’s personal and professional life. W Downtown brings the pop up cinema experience to life with a retro spin on traditional movie concessions including spiced popcorn, and a 1960s themed candy and cocktail bar for guests to enjoy.
Following screenings of Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity curated by New York’s fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, and co-hosted by Derek Blasberg at the end of June, the summer screenings series continues with an evening of film and philanthropy overlooking the city skyline and Hudson River. The upcoming screening, curated by the native New York award-winning film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee, will feature 1969 country-meets-city drama, Midnight Cowboy, written by Waldo Salt and directed by John Schlesinger, and starring award-winning actors Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Launching on July 26with an intimate invitation-only reception hosted by Spike Lee and followed by a public screening on July 31.
Tickets for the screening on July 31 can be purchased at http://www.whotelsnewyork.com/summerclassics.
100% of proceeds from the screenings will support the curator’s chosen charity. The screening will support the NYU Film School, an intensive three-year conservatory which trains students in the art of cinematic storytelling. The program focuses on helping writer/directors develop a narrative voice and the technical virtuosity to express that voice in cinema.
“Midnight Cowboy is one of my favorite films and also one of the great New York City films of all-time. An example of how NYC can be so glorious and painful at the same time,” said Spike Lee.
W New York – Downtown
The Residences at W Downtown, Private Residences, 31st Floor Lounge
123 Washington Street at Albany
July 26, 2012
7:00 pm – Cocktail Reception, 5th Floor Living Room Bar & Terrace
7:30 pm – Introduction by Spike Lee, 31st Floor Residential Lounge
8:00 pm – Screening, 31st Floor Residential Lounge
July 31, 2012
7:00pm – Cocktail Reception, 31st Floor Residential Lounge
8:00pm – Screening, 31st Floor Residential Lounge