While this blog has discussed the ways a community can use film screenings as a means of bringing disparate talents together, an event can also be staged to honor a well-loved figure in a public space, especially one with immense local significance. In addition to the festival that bore his name, a new summer series in Chicago will also begin by honoring the late Roger Ebert. The series is set to feature several music-related films grace large outdoor screens from this June to August.
Known as the Millennium Park Film Series, this screening program will take place at the Pritzker Pavillion in the city’s Millennium Park and will show musicals like “Moulin Rouge,” “Cabaret” and “Singin’ In The Rain,” as well as concert films and others with music as a subject, like “Amadeus.”
An official release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel noted that the films will be displayed on a large movie screen more than 20 feet high in order to reach a high amount of attendees.
“The new and innovative video screen adds another exciting feature to deliver even more free entertainment at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and kicking off the film series with a tribute to Roger Ebert will remind us of how he championed Chicago as a center for filmmaking and critiques,” the mayor said.
Large outdoor screens can be integrated seamlessly with existing locations to create a fresh and exciting new attraction in any city. City organizers can consider using this strategy to plan both immediate and future events with access to this kind of technology.