Queens Drive-In Screening & Q&A: Judas and the Black Messiah & MLK/FBI

By 3/01/2021 09:54:00 AM

The Queens Drive-In is officially back for the spring season, running from March-June 2021 on the grounds behind the New York Hall of Science.

This Saturday, March 6th, The Queens Drive-In will have a free double feature screening of Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah, starring LaKeith Stanfield & Daniel Kaluuya, and Sam Pollard's critically-acclaimed, new documentary from IFC Films, MLK/FBI.

Pollard will be in attendance for a socially distant intro, and King will join him virtually for a live Q&A!

Queens Drive-In Film Schedule

Date: Saturday, March 6th
Venue: Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science
Address: 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

5:30 PM: Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
6:30 PM: Introduction from MLK/FBI director Sam Pollard
6:40 PM: MLK/FBI Beginsv
8:00 PM: Live Virtual Q&A between Pollard and Judas and the Black Messiah director/producer/co-writer Shaka King
8:30 PM: Judas and the Black Messiah Begins

Sam Pollard | 2021 | US | 103 mins.

MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals.

Featuring interviews with key cultural figures, including former FBI Director James Comey, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment. Not Rated

Judas and the Black Messiah
Shaka King | 2021 | US | 126 mins.

With LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen. FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell.

Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands? Rated: R

About Queens Drive-In

A collaborative project between Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), the Queens Drive-In offers one of the largest screens with a capacity of 200 cars, high-quality DCP projection, and adventurous programming.

The 2021 spring season will run from March–June 2021, and will kick off on Friday, March 5 with a special screening of Amazon’s highly anticipated Coming 2 America, coinciding with the film’s release on Amazon Prime Video.

The event is free and open to the public with RSVP, and attendees will receive free food and merchandise courtesy of Amazon Studios. The event is co-presented by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, who will also be onsite to introduce the film and celebrate the reopening of the Drive-In.

The core mission of the drive-in will be to provide a safe space for film screenings and other cultural events, and additionally the organizations plan to continue utilizing the venue as a way to give back and provide additional resources to the community, creating vital jobs and supporting local food vendors.

Programming will continue throughout the spring with new and classic films curated by Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films. Events will include more than a dozen double features, including pairings of urban dystopias Escape from New York and Robocop; the chaotic adolescence of Dazed and Confused and Fast Times at Ridgemont High; the groundbreaking Shaft and Boyz n the Hood; Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury vs. Meiko Kaji in Lady Snowblood; classic action capers North By Northwest and From Russia with Love; Rocky and Creed; beloved tales of female independence Desperately Seeking Susan and Thelma and Louise; and, song-and-dance standard-bearers from two different eras: Singin’ in the Rain and Magic Mike XXL.

There will also be regular screenings of beloved family films, including Labyrinth; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; a Babe/Babe Pig in the City double feature; and an opening weekend presentation of The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Additional classics will include Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, David Lynch’s Dune, the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski, and a screening of Your Name, one of the most popular anime films of all time.

The Queens Drive-In will also be presenting four screenings focused on public health–related themes, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, starting with Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys preceded by a documentary addressing issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and introduced by a public health expert.

Tickets for March and April programming are on sale now, and additional free and ticketed events will be announced throughout the spring.


Tickets are now on sale for select upcoming screenings at the Queens Drive-In on the Rooftop Films website. Tickets will be priced starting at $35 per car (up to 5 passengers per car) and $45 for double features. Members of the presenting organizations will receive a 20% discount.

To learn more, visit - www.queensdrivein.com

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