PSFK recently went to view a dusk showing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, part of the ongoing Summerscreen series at McCarren Park in Brooklyn by the scenic Williamsburg waterfront. Previously held at McCarren Park Pool, SummerScreen 2.0 has been moved to a slice of blacktop overlooking the city skyline. The event features a rotating array of vendors and activities to entertain guests. The outdoor venue also provided us with a few amazing shots of the epic sunset, and the chance to capture those dramatic shifts in light that seem to be unique to the New York cityscape.
Since this was Brooklyn — essentially the birthplace of the foodie movement, the snacks were almost as important as the movie itself. Vendors included local favorites Pizza Moto, Handsome Hanks, Landhaus, Coolhaus, V Spot and Selamat Pagi (one of the first Balinese restaurants in the city), with Sixpoint Brewery and City Winery providing drinks.
The event was pure bourgeois hipster: couples eating oysters out of coolers, uniforms of carefully coiffed haircuts and dayglo clothing. However, we were also pleasantly surprised to see people who didn’t fit the stereotype make their way down to the grounds. There were kids shooting hoops in the nearby basketball court, and parents who had brought their children out for a late-night viewing treat.
The light-sensing technology of our Nokia Lumia 928 helped capture the evening’s line-up and the phone’s extended screen was able to encompass the action on the ground as well as the striking silhouettes of the sun setting on Manhattan’s skyscrapers.
There are only a few weeks left in the season, so we recommend joining in on the SummerScreen action. The last film shown on the blacktop will be Aug 14th. For the full SummerScreen schedule, click here.