16th Jun2013

Tribeca 2013: Beetlejuice Drive-In

by Catherina Gioino

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival featured a wide variety of films to choose from, including a look back at some of the most memorable films every person should know.

As part of the Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca Drive In events, people were able to attend free screenings of several movies with pre-festival activities to participate in as well. At the Brookfield Place by the World Trade Center in New York City, people were delighted to see The Birds from Alfred Hitchcock, Beetlejuice from Tim Burton and the premiere of Lil Bub & Friendz.

While the screening of the films took place at 8:15 pm, guests who came early were surprised with fun activities like face painting, making balloon animals, and more. The guests were invited to try on their best Beetlejuice impressions and win awesome prizes, like movie stills signed by Time Burton or even just a DVD of the film.

It was unusually windy for a mid-April night and there were lightning strikes off in the distance. The film was being screened via a projection on an inflatable screen tied down by heavy nautical ropes. For those that do not know how Brookfield place is divided, it is basically a huge park right on the Hudson River overlooking the Statue of Liberty and lots of open space. Meaning, it gets cold there quickly, plus waves can reach over the fence onto the actual pavement.

Speaking with Joshua Cicerone, the event coordinator, he stated that “extra precautions are to be met if in the case the weather will get worse- which, by the looks of it, probably will happen. Since the screen is basically an inflatable screen with the film being projected on it, we are taking the extra precautions like placing sand bags on the ropes that tie down the screen.”

The Beetlejuice screening did go well, despite drizzling nearing the end of the film. For those who have never seen the film. . . why? Directed by Tim Burton in 1988 and starring Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, the film is one of those films you have to see at least once just. After the duo get themselves in a lot of trouble (the worse kind possible, hint hint), they find themselves in the company of Beetlejuice, an eccentric thing that promises to make all of their problems go away through hilarious hijinks and several surprising acts of brilliance from screenwriter Michael McDowell (who also worked with Burton on The Nightmare before Christmas).


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