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Brooklyn Commons Park

5 MetroTech Center

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Gilda loves cooking, men, and life. But for her religious neighbors, this self-confident, independent woman is a thorn in the flesh.

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Date: Wednesday, September 29th

Venue: Brooklyn Commons Park

Address: 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

7:00 PM: Doors Open

7:30 PM: Live Music from Nation Beat

8:00 PM: Film Begins

The Last Days of Gilda

Gustavo Pizzi | 2020 | Brazil | 106 mins.

Gilda is a free woman in the broadest sense of the word; she breeds pigs and chickens for slaughter in the backyard of her home and with her excellent culinary skills, produces recipes that delight her friends and lovers alike. But her free-spirited behavior and sexual confidence irritates her neighbors, especially Cacilda, wife of Ismael, who is running for public office through a local party linked to a religious group. As tensions rise, Gilda flaunts her independence and continues with her multiple relationships, free from ties or labels. But if the prejudice, sexism and cruel gossip of everyone around her is not enough to bear, Gilda must also deal with an increase in urban violence where she lives. The Last Days of Gilda presents a reflection on freedom, the role of women in society, self-acceptance and the dangerous alliance between religion and public power.



Nation Beat

Forró. Funk. Brass. Pounded by calloused hands; blasted by tight grooves. It calls across time and continents - with a response from hips and feet. It’s the force that blew through Louis Armstrong in the twenties. It’s the power that gets Brazilians swinging in the streets for carnival.

Nation Beat singularly conjures up this elemental musical mojo, drawing on the wellsprings of rhythm that lit up jazz and got maracatu thundering. Nation Beat takes off with be-bop-via-Brazil drumming; propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass. But forget the musical history; this is music to make you dance.

-Martin Lipp, 2018

Nation Beat’s live shows have taken on an almost mythological aura for their ability to lift the souls, and the feet, of their growing cross-cultural audience. Band leader, drummer/percussionist Scott Kettner has long been at the forefront of merging different musical elements together, from the earliest days of Nation Beat's Brazil meets North American music.

In 2017, Scott connected with arranger Paul Carlon (tenor sax) and the band entered a new phase in their cross-cultural explorations where brass band and percussion explode in a jazz-infused, funkified New Orleans-meets-Brazil carnival sound.

“Past albums have leaned heavily on Brazilian music,” Kettner says. "While that is ever present in Nation Beat's sound, our latest groove is jazz-tinged. This is a beat that moves your feet!"

Music curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s outdoor concerts provided by Lisa K. Meulbroek and Brent R. Harris, with major support provided by Susan and J. Alan Kahn.





How will it work?

Using your RSVP, our team will check in all patrons by last name at will call. Before your arrival, we will ask you to make sure you can answer “no” to all of the CDC’s COVID-19 safety screening questions, as well as conducting a temperature check. Masks will be required while interacting with event staff. Chairs will be provided!

Can I bring food and drinks?

No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages! Food and drink must be consumed while you are sitting in your designated area.

I’m vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask?

All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask while interacting. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on screen.

What COVID-19 Measures Have Been Taken?

Our guests and our team’s safety is our primary concern. Our COVID-19 safety measures include social distancing for both guests and staff, regular cleaning of all facilities, and contact-free check-in. All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask while interacting. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on-screen.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Rooftop Films are open to all ages.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

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You can either have a printed out ticket, or be ready to present the QR code from your ticket on your phone.

How accessible is this venue?

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At Rooftop Films we believe film can be so much more than just watching a movie, so we curate unique events that combine great music, quality film, and some of the most beautiful locations that New York has to offer. By thinking beyond the screen, we help to bring communities together and change the way that film, music, art, and ideas interact with the city around us.


Rooftop Films’ mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, supporting the production of new independent films, helping local organizations to produce screenings and events, and renting equipment at low-cost to artists and nonprofits. Rooftop Films is more than a film festival. We are a community. We are a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals; between audience members and artists; between venues and neighborhoods. Our goal is to nurture a vibrant independent filmmaking and film-going community not only by exhibiting the work of emerging filmmakers, but also by providing essential support systems for those who otherwise have none.

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