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ImageNation's Sōl Cinema Cafe Drive-in/Outdoor Movie Series


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With introduction by co-directed Lisa Cortės. 


The 18th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival is back for three dates this Fall! Partnering with East River Plaza, Sōl Cinema Cafe, and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) this Harlem based organization has found new ways to offer its annual outdoor experience, dubbed the Sol Cinema Cafe Outdoor Seating/Drive-in Movie Series!


HCCI will host our opening outdoor program at the HCCI Open Community space located at 225-229 W. 148th Street.  East River Plaza joined the effort to offer Harlem residents special drive-in movie experiences, the ONLY drive-in movie venue in Manhattan!   

Due to limited capacity, moviegoers are required to RSVP. Guests must print their ticket or present via mobile phone, for admission.  We are requesting that drive-in families to arrive at 5:30PM for a 7:30 PM showing. Pedestrians should arrive no earlier than 6:30 PM. 






Saturday, September 12, 2020 - PEDESTRIANS ONLY

HCCI Open Space 229-225 W. 148th Street, New York, 10039

All In: The Fight for Democracy

Directed by Lisa Cortės and Liz Garbus, 102 min, USA,


*** Harlem Special Advance Screening ***

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States. The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know are threats to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.

ALL IN is directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lisa Cortés. Producers are Garbus, Cortés, Dan Cogan and Stacey Abrams


The film will be released in U.S. cinemas on September 9, 2020 and worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on September 18, 2020.


The release is timed ahead of National Voter Registration Day of September 22.


Saturday, September 26, 2020 - CARS ONLY

East River Plaza, 517 East 117th Street, New York, NY 10035


Sonic the Hedgehog

Directed by Jeff Fowler, 99 min., USA


After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.


Preceded by Sundae Sermon’s DJ Stormin’ Norman.



Saturday, October 3, 2020 - CARS ONLY

East River Plaza, 517 East 117th Street, New York, NY 10035

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, 49 min, Cuba  

Bakosó follows DJ Jigüeto his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find musical inspiration. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade.  Bakosó is preceded by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s 10-minute documentary, “Tengo Talento/Dance with Your Heart”, about Jennyselt, a prestigious Afro-Cuban Folklore dancer who is seeking her successor to keep the legacy of Afro-Cuban culture, dance, and religion alive.  


Preceded by a mix from Bembona.  Not amplified, in-car only.

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HCCI Open Space - September 12 (Outdoor Seating)

East River Plaza - September 26 and October 3 (Cars Only)

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