By Carol Tannenhauser
A series of documentary films will be shown at this year’s 20th annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, starting Tuesday, August 15 and running for four evenings through Friday, August 18.
Presented by National Geographic, this FREE festival will take place “on the landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive,” according to the Conservancy. “There will be pre-show programming and music from 6:30 PM until the films start at dusk.” For directions and further details follow this link.
Picnics are encouraged! The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 8/15 – “The Space Race” — Explores the experiences of the first Black astronauts through decades of archive film and interviews in a reflective illumination on the burden of breaking barriers. (Rain date for The Space Race will be August 16 in lieu of Arctic Ascent with Alex Honnold.)
Wednesday 8/16 – “Arctic Ascent with Alex Honnold” – Honold leads the first ascent of one of Earth’s tallest Artic sea cliffs at 4,000 Feet. He is the climber known for summiting El Capitan with no ropes in the documentary Free Solo.
Thursday 8/17 – “Wild Life” – A sweeping portrait of conservationists Kris and Doug Tompkins chronicling their fight to preserve one of the last truly wild places on earth.
Friday 8/18 – “We Feed People” – Renowned chef and humanitarian José Andrés works to help communities dealing with disaster by providing healthy food to those affected through his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen. In case you missed it, here’s the story of an Upper West Side chef who spent several months feeding Ukrainian refugees through WCK.
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