Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, Former Village Resident, Film in the Park Earlier this Week

the actors on a park bench

Filming this week at WSP were actors Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo on a park bench (above). Ruffalo was at the park in October for Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly (see below).

From The Daily Mail about the film:

Can a Song Save Your Life? sees Knightley’s character arrive in New York with her long-term love interest (Adam Levine) with the aim of pursuing a musical career together.

But Levine’s character dumps her for what he thinks will be a successful solo career without her.

In a rather typical movie twist, Levine’s character meets with a bad ending while Knightley’s Greta is happily discovered by a producer, played by Ruffalo,while singing in a bar on an open mic night.

Love and happiness ensue.

In October Ruffalo at Occupy Wall Street at the park

Ruffalo, while in town filming another time, stopped by Occupy Wall Street at WSP in October. He told me he used to live in the neighborhood or nearby (8th Street or St. Mark’s Place…? I can’t recall.) and was very concerned about NYU’s overwhelming influence. About Occupy Wall Street, the actor, also an activist, was supportive and wanted to see what was going on so he stopped by and hung around for awhile. While doing an interview by the Fountain, he said — “[I recognize] When I’m losing hope, it’s because I’m not doing enough.”

Photo, Top: Ivan Nikilov/

Bottom: Cathryn

French Film #2 “On the Green” at Washington Square Tonight: La Guerre Des Boutons (War of the Buttons)

Wonderful atmosphere and energy last week for French film #1 “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” part of “Films On the Green” a program featuring French films presented at parks throughout the city all summer by the French Embassy and the Parks Department. It is definitely worth going at least once to see a film at WSP under the Arch/on the Fountain Plaza. (Last one this summer as far as I know unless more are being planned.) Tonight, Friday, June 15th 8:30 p.m. Free.

the set up by the Arch

the audience awaits the start of the film…

excellent DJ from WNYU pre-screening

the film under way

Full info for tonight’s film WAR OF THE BUTTONS | LA GUERRE DES BOUTONS Directed by Yves Robert, 1962, France, Comedy (English subtitles).

(Updated) Film Series of Musicals in the Park Next Three Weeks, Including “Hair” — Filmed in WSP

Italian Film Poster for "Hair"

Updated September 8th — For the next three Thursdays beginning this weeks, Washington Square Park will host a free film series with a spotlight on musicals that feature New York City. Presented by the city’s Parks Department with nearby IFC Waverly Cinema, the series begins this Thursday, September 8th with “On the Town.”next Thursday, September 15th.

From the New York Times:

Beginning Sept. 8 MOVED TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH DUE TO RAIN — with a screening of the Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen classic “On the Town.” The film follows the adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour pass through the sights and sounds of the city and generously utilizes city landmarks.

On Sept. 15 there will be a screening of the Milos Forman musical “Hair,” which pays homage to 1960s counterculture in song and mentions in one of its lyrics the Waverly Theater, the previous incarnation of the IFC Center.

“Wild Style,” from 1983, will close the series on Sept. 22. Charlie Ahearn’s film about a graffiti artist with big dreams looks at the city at a time when hip-hop was coming on the scene.

The person who wrote this New York Times piece (and the Parks Department IFC Waverly press release) may not have been aware that “Hair” was filmed in – and features prominently – Washington Square Park. With this screening, it’s also a chance to view and enjoy the “old” version of the park.

The films will begin 1/2 an hour after sunset which, by my calculation, means September 8th will start around 7:50 p.m, September 15th will start around 7:40 p.m., September 19th around 7:30 p.m., and September 22nd around 7:25 p.m.

You can catch the films on the lawn in the Northwest Quadrant (west of the Fountain).

“Glee” Filmed at Washington Square Park Friday

“Untitled 20th Century Film Project” which I posted last week as working along Washington Square North Friday 4/29 was hit Fox television show “Glee.” Scenes from the upcoming season finale were filmed at Washington Square Park as the cast danced through the Arch and around the Fountain Plaza and it looks like fun!

Pink stars (and photos) from Pink is the New Blog which has more info about the shoot.

Photo: Splash News

French Film Fridays – WSP to host “March of the Penguins” Friday, June 12th (Update: Moved to Monday, June 15th); Other films subsequent Fridays

The New York City Parks Department in conjunction with the Cultural Center of the French Embassy is presenting French Film Fridays for Free, or what they call “Films on the Green,” in June and July. The series began this past Friday, June 5th (actually, due to rain it was moved to Sunday) at Central Park. The festival moves next to Washington Square Park for three Fridays beginning this Friday, June 12th with the Academy-Award winning “March of the Penguins.”

Update: Apparently, “March of the Penguins” moved to Monday, June 15th, 8:30 p.m.

WSP Film Schedule: Friday, June 12th:March of the Penguins, the epic story of penguins fighting to survive in the Antarctic that made nature documentaries cool again.” Friday, June 19th:Microcosmos, a spectacular look into the tiny world of insects, with such highlights as bees collecting nectar, spiders wrapping their catch and a mosquito hatching.” Friday, June 26th: The Big Blue, Luc Besson’s timeless and fascinating movie unfolding in the enigmatic world of free-diving.”

This is a nice collaboration of the Parks Department with a cultural organization vs. handing over the reins to a private conservancy. The series moves to Tompkins Square Park after WSP for three films in July. The full information about the series can be found here. Seating begins around 8:15 p.m., films begin approximately 8:30 p.m./sunset. Rain date is the following Sunday. All free.