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OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT OCTOBER 8 “INSIDE OUT” FILLS UPPER LAWN

About 300 people attended Outdoor Movie Night on one of the nicest nights of the year and completely filled the upper lawn with blankets and beach chairs. We showed the family-friendly animated Inside Out, which won an Oscar for  for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards held in 2016 and was named one of the best films of 2015 by over 100 critics and publications.

Movie Bingo cards were distributed before the movie began and the first four people who correctly and completely filled out their bingo card with answers to questions about the movie won gift cards to Peet’s.  The winners were: Kenny Tran, Jorge Alvarado, Johnny McClymont, Eric Balut and Emmy Hartman.

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OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT INSIDE OUT – SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 7:30 P.M.

Outdoor Movie Night returns to Duboce Park on Saturday, October 8 with the family-friendly animated film Inside Out (2015, rated PG). Inside Out was named one of the best films of 2015 by over 100 critics and publications and was ranked second on Rotten Tomatoes and fourth on Metacritic‘s best scored films of 2015. According to CriticsTop10, the film appeared in 340 critics’ lists, with 27 of them giving the film the number one spot.  It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards held in 2016.

Here’s a brief summary. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life at the age of 11 when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.

Director Pete Docter first began developing Inside Out in 2009 after noticing changes in his daughter’s personality as she grew older. The smash success of Docter’s 2009 film Up encouraged Pixar to allow Docter to create another film with a more sophisticated story.

Movies with a San Francisco theme are always shown at all of our Movie Nights: “Pursuit of Happyness” in 2010, “The Rock” in 2011, “The Incredibles” in 2011, and “Mrs. Doubtfire” in 2012, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in 2013, “So I Married an Axe Murderer” in 2014, and “Milk” last year.

The movie begins around 7:30 p.m.  The event is free and is sponsored by Friends of Duboce Park and San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

 

 

 

 

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BIG CROWD AT JULY 25 OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

Outdoor Movie Night returned to Duboce Park on Saturday, July 25 with “Milk” starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk. The crowd filled up the entire upper lawn area despite cooler weather and some damp fog. Cleve Jones, the AIDS activitist and AIDS Memorial Quilt founder played by Emile Hirsch in the movie, introduced the film with some poignant comments about gay rights before the movie. Jones stayed to watch the entire movie and answered questions in an informal Q & A on the pedestrian path after the movie.movienight2

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, the film traced Harvey Milk’s career from his 40th birthday to his death. Movies with a San Francisco theme have been shown at all of our previous Movie Nights, including “Pursuit of Happyness” in 2010, “The Rock” in 2011, “The Incredibles” in 2011, and “Mrs. Doubtfire” in 2012, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in 2013, and “So I Married an Axe Murderer” in 2014.

Movie Bingo cards were distributed before the movie beganand the first five people who correctly and completely fill out and submit their bingo cards won gift cards to Peet’s.  Each square on the card had a question about the movie to be answered. The five winners were Johnny McClymont, Laura Sanchez, Jessica Ruth, Scott Siegel, and Tom Drohan.The event was sponsored by Friends of Duboce Park and San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

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BIGGEST CROWD EVER AT MOVIE NIGHT – 2014

Outdoor Movie Night returned to Duboce Park on Saturday, July 26 with a showing of “So I Married An Axe Murderer,” the 1993 comedy cult classic that was filmed in San Francisco and starring Mike Myers. This was our largest crowd ever for a movie in Duboce Park and movie goers completely filled the upper lawn area. The photo below shows the lawn area about one hour before the movie. A Looney Tunes cartoon was shown for the first time before a park movie and starred Porky Pig and Sylvester in “Scaredy Cat.”

There was technical hic cup about an hour into the movie when the screen deflated for about 2-3 minutes.  We’re not sure exactly what caused it but the screen was back up and the movie continued running within a few minutes. We suspect that the power cord got disconnected from the generator. But people didn’t seem to mind too much and it may have added to the overall fun of the night.

Even though it was a beautiful day, the wind really picked up around 9:30 and that wind may have caused of the problem.  It got so windy that the movie people on site had to keep the screen stable by sitting on the ropes and the back of the screen during the last 30 minutes.  The wind had already knocked over a 55 gallon barrels filled with water that were used to anchor the screen.

Movie Bingo cards were distributed before the movie and the first five people who completely filled in their cards were awarded gift certificates to Peet’s. The first winner, Nicoloe Bratt, submitted her completed card during the last scene in the movie. Other winning Bingo cards were also turned in by Sarah Adler, Mal King, Lucy Kirchner, and Steve Brown.

 

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