Epix, FiOS, Rooftop Films Partner on Outdoor Movie Screenings in New York
NEW YORK - Premium TV service Epix and its New York City distribution partner Verizon FiOS will sponsor summer outdoor film venues throughout the Big Apple this summer.
The companies, along with non-profit festival producer Rooftop Films, on Monday unveiled the "Epix Movie Free-for-All powered by Verizon FiOS," which will provide movies and the underwriting for local film screening programs that they said will draw up to 100,000 attendees in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The partnership will help introduce the new Coney Island Flicks on the Beach presented in collaboration with NYC & Company and the Coney Island Development Corporation.
The partners will also work on the Summer Screen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Socrates Outdoor Cinema at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, and Films in Tompkins, presented with Downtown Diversified and Tompkins Square Park in downtown Manhattan.
Epix is a joint venture of Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM.
“We are proud to be working with leading cultural organizations to make free movies available to more communities and to bring New Yorkers together around film,” said Mark Greenberg, CEO and president of Epix.
Over 30 new releases and classic films will be screened at the four venues, beginning June 30 and running through Sept. 12.
Titles include Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Rango, Biuitiful, Iron Man 2, Star Trek, Raging Bull, Annie Hall, Flashdance, Top Gun and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Each screening will open with short films from the Rooftop Film Festival.
Kicking off the series June 30 at Tompkins Square Park will be boxing promoter Don King who will introduce Raging Bull.
Promotional events, including contests and iPad giveaways, are planned for the screenings.