On Wednesday, February 13th, Win (formerly Women in Need) and Nitehawk Williamsburg will be the first in New York to screen a new 35mm print of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project to increase public awareness and build momentum around Win’s mission to help support homeless women and children.
The Florida Project stars Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe and follows a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. $7 of each movie ticket sold will benefit Win. In addition, Nitehawk will be offering a specialty cocktail during the screening and $1 from each drink sold will go directly to the organization.
The event will begin with a short film and introduction by Chris Valens, Director of Special Events at Win. “Women and children in need make up more than 70 percent of New York City’s homeless, and we’re grateful for Nitehawk Cinema’s support to help Win break the cycle of homelessness and put families on the path to stability,” said Christine C. Quinn, President and CEO of Win. “The proceeds from this benefit screening will help further our efforts to provide the solutions and services needed to support this vulnerable population.”
Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming at Nitehawk states, “We’re thrilled to be one of the first theaters to screen a brand new 35mm print of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, one of the best films in recent memory, the way it was intended. More crucially, the issues of hidden homelessness and the impact on single-parent families explored in the film provides a perfect opportunity to partner with Win in order to highlight and support the important work that Win does within the New York community.”
The need to expand social services for homeless children and women is a dire one. Nitehawk Cinema is beyond humbled to support Win in helping decrease the number of homeless families in New York City’s shelter system and will continue to advocate for important community issues surrounding homelessness.