Hot Summer Nights, Cool Movies

The summer's best film series

THE 48-HOUR FILM PROJECT Earlier this month, a group of adventurous Minnesota filmmakers was given 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film in a randomly decided genre, incorporating a specific character, prop, and line of dialogue. The results of that frenzied filmmaking will be shown at the Riverview Theater. For more information, visit www.48hourfilm.com/minneapolis. June 16-18 and 22, premiere screenings. June 25, Best of the 48-Hour Film Project. Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.729.7369

CINEMA & CIVICS The summer movie series in Stevens Square Park launches its 14th season, with free films, activities, and live music, Wednesday evenings through July 15. Activities start at 7:30 p.m. June 17 A Mighty Wind. June 24 Harold and Maude. July 1 Labyrinth. July 8 Mystery Science Theater 3000. July 15 short films by local filmmakers. Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.230.6400

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIES AT CENTRAL LIBRARY The annual outdoor film series returns to the St. Paul Central Library on Fridays. The free movies are screened at dusk on the lawn of the Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard (bring your own chair or blanket). All the films are based on books, plays, or comics. June 19 Iron Man. June 26 Breakfast at Tiffany's. July 10 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. July 17 The Maltese Falcon. July 24 Barefoot in the Park. July 31 Quantum of Solace. St. Paul Central Library, Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard, 90 W. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651.222.3242

Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, at the Walker's Summer Music & Movies
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Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, at the Walker's Summer Music & Movies

MIDNIGHT MADNESS The Uptown Theatre continues its long-running series of cult film classics every Saturday at midnight.June 20 Three Amigos. June 27 Who Framed Roger Rabbit . July 4 Ferris Bueller's Day Off . July 11 A Hard Day's Night . Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave. S., Minnneapolis; 612.825.6006

MOVIES IN THE PARK(ING) LOT Patrick's Cabaret hosts the third annual festival of music, film, and food (bring your own chairs and blankets; free, though a $5 donation is suggested). A short film by a local filmmaker will precede each feature screening, starting at dusk. June 18 The Fearless Freaks. June 25 Milk. July 2 Food Matters. July 9 Burning Man: Beyond the Black Rock. Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.724.6273

MOVIES ON THE ROOFTOP Recent Hollywood favorites screen on the roof of Solera Restaurant, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at dusk. Solera also features special drinks, often based on the themes of the films each week. June 17 Reservoir Dogs. June 23 Mommy Dearest. June 24 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. June 25 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. June 30 Purple Rain. July 1 Across the Universe. July 7 Superbad. July 8 Borat. July 14 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. July 15 Airplane. July 21 Old School. July 22 Wedding Crashers. July 28 Heathers. July 29 Singles. August 4 Fight Club. August 5 True Romance. August 11 Juno. August 12 Little Miss Sunshine. August 18 Batman. August 19 The Dark Knight. August 25 Tropic Thunder. August 26 Something About Mary. September 8 The Shining. September 9 Poltergeist. September 15 In Bruges. September 16 Rushmore. Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.0062

MUSIC & MOVIES IN DISTRICT DEL SOL The annual event in Castillo Park, on St. Paul's West Side, presents eight weeks of culturally themed music, activities, and movies every Thursday beginning June 18. This year, summer activities will highlight a different decade in the history of Mexico. Activities start at 6:30 p.m., with films shown at dusk. June 18 Los Tres Huastecos. June 25 Tortilla Soup. July 2 Bugambilia. July 9 Real Women Have Curves. July 16 A Toda Maguina. July 23 La Leyenda de laa Nahuala. July 30 La Perla. August 6 Zurdo. Castillo Park, 149 Concord St., St. Paul; 651.222.6347

QUEER TAKES The Walker Art Center once again hosts this annual film series focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender themes. June 23 Chef's Special. June 24 Training Rules/Football Under Cover. June 25 575 Castro Street (short)/Fig Trees. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600

REVOLUTION REEL This new film program highlights the works of emerging and mid-career local filmmakers. The five-week series shows Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Intermedia Arts. June 9 Long Gone, by David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill. June 16 Short Film Showcase. June 23 Je Ne Sais Quoi, by John Koch. June 30 What America Needs, by Mark Wojahn. July 7 Trickery Mimicry, by Garrett Tiedemann. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.871.4444.

SUMMER MUSIC & MOVIES Walker Art Center's venerable Monday-night series of movies and music in Loring Park continues. The events are free, and this year the series will focus on the films of Paul Newman. The music begins at 7 p.m., with films screening at dusk. July 20 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. July 27 Hud. August 3 Cool Hand Luke. August 10 The Hustler. Loring Park, Willow St. at 14th St. W.; Minneapolis; 612.375.7600.

 
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