Tuesday, June 22, 2010

47th Ward Outdoor Film Festival Highlights Family Favorites

Alderman Gene Schulter is pleased to announce that the 47th Ward Outdoor Film Festival will kick off this month and will feature a broad range of family favorites. The 47th Ward Outdoor Film Festival is being sponsored and coordinated by Alderman Schulter in conjunction with the Ravenswood Community Council, Greening of Ravenswood, and the Chicago Park District.

“Creating events and activities that give friends and neighbors an opportunity to come together is an important part of making our communities livable,” states Alderman Schulter. “Outdoor film festivals, along with outdoor concerts and neighborhood festivals, can be an important component to keeping vibrant and economically viable.”

Alderman Schulter is also pleased to report that the film festival is being entirely funded by private donations and money raised by the Greening of Ravenswood.

“The City of Chicago is still facing serious budget concerns,” continues Alderman Schulter. “To be able to provide this type of events without drawing from the City budget is a real testament to the commitment of our community.”

The schedule, community-led film reviews, and other interactive features will be available throughout the summer at 47thwardfilmfest.blogspot.com. Included in the schedule are also four movies sponsored by the Chicago Park District as a part of the Movies in the Park program.

The 47th Ward Film Festival schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 25 (Sponsored by the Chicago Park District)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Winnemac Park - 5100 N. Leavitt
Inspired by the children’s book, this animated film tells the story of a small town with some severe weather conditions.

Friday, July 9 (Sponsored by the Chicago Park District)
The Never Ending Story
Chase Park - 4701 N. Ashland
A young boy gets a chance to be a hero in a magical world through the pages of an incredible book.

July 10 (Sponsored by the Chicago Park District)
The Spy Next Door
Revere Park - 2509 W. Irving Park
Jackie Chan stars in this family favorite about a former CIA agent who struggles to babysit three kids while protecting top secret information.

Tuesday, July 13
Roman Holiday
Senior Campus - 4040 N. Oakley
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in the 1953 classic about a sheltered European princess who falls in love with an American reporter.

Tuesday, July 20
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Revere Park - 2509 W. Irving Park
Gene Wilder stars as the eccentric candy maker in Roald Dahl's classic story about Charlie's visit to the Chocolate Factory.

Tuesday, July 27
The Blind Side
Winnemac Park - 5100 N. Leavitt
Sandra Bullock's Academy Award winning performance as a mother who welcomes a homeless teenager into her family and teaches him the joy of football.

Tuesday, August 3
Singin’ in the Rain
Chase Park - 4701 N. Ashland
Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds sing and dance their way through a delightful story about a silent film company transition to talkies.

Tuesday, August 10
Rear Window
Senior Campus - 4040 N. Oakley
Alfred Hitchcock's thrilling tale, starring James Steward and Grace Kelly, of a wheelchair-bound photographer learning too much about his neighbors.

Thursday, August 12
The Muppet Movie
AG Bell School - 3730 N. Oakley
Kermit and Miss Piggy, along with Fozzie and the rest of the gang, make their way to Hollywood in this 1979 introduction to Jim Henson's Muppets.

Saturday, August 14 (Sponsored by the Chicago Park District)
Where the Wild Things Are
Winnemac Park - 5100 N. Leavitt
Spike Jonze re-imagines the Maurice Sendak classis about a little boy who runs away and meets his match of wild things.

Tuesday, August 17
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Revere Park - 2509 W. Irving Park
Harrison Ford battles snakes and more in his search for the lost Ark of the Covenant in Steven Spielberg's first film in the Indiana Jones series.

Tuesday, August 24
Mary Poppins
Chase Park - 4701 N. Ashland
Julie Andrew's stars as the magical nanny who teaches the Banks family to enjoy life with a spoonful of sugar.

Tuesday, August 31
Winnemac Park - 5100 N. Leavitt
A fairy tale princess finds herself in New York City with a new kind of Prince Charming in this heartwarming story.

Tuesday, September 7
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Welles Park - 2333 W. Sunnyside
Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller in this classic 80's film about a high school student taking a day off in Chicago. Watch the movie and then enjoy the real von Steuben Day parade the following Saturday.

All movies are scheduled to begin promptly at dusk.


  1. What time do these movies start?

  2. This is so great!! Thanks so much!!

  3. All movies are scheduled to begin promptly at dusk.

  4. "dusk" is not terribly specific...