On Friday, August 3rd, the Castle Square Community Center hosted its first ever “Movie Night” on the outdoor terrace, under the stars. The first film was the acclaimed French short: “The Red Balloon,” followed by the PBS special “The City Dark” which is about light pollution. Jared Katsiane, Video and Multimedia Instructor, and Grey Lee, Sustainability Manager, have organized a series of great alternative films for residents of Castle Square to enjoy, for free!
For the first episode, we had a great turnout, especially considering how humid it was and it being a new activity. Annie Wu, Teen Programs Coordinator, set up a sign in table and we had at least 53 people. Teens 18+ and adults also signed the city of Boston redistricting petition we are participating in. The audience was a mix of children and parents, many teens (some brought friends who hadn’t been here before), and Board member Mary Goon came too.
The teenagers who regularly attend social events and community center programs helped make it all come together. Connie made and served popcorn; Charles, Dajuan, and Jonathan served pizza and drinks. David, another regular teen participant and up-and-coming leader, translated the introductions that Grey and Jared gave to the films. Other teens (Cecilia, Renee and others) helped set up chairs and snacks, and helped manage the children running around, etc.
The children liked The Red Balloon but were mostly bored with The City Dark, which was aimed more at teens and adults. But the kids still had a great time playing hide ‘n seek on the terrace while the movie was playing since it was dark.
Overall it was a great success. The teens really helped make it happen, helping with set up and clean up and there wasn’t much trash. The security guards came around at least twice to check on us. It was wonderful to see the community center full of activity and neighbors catching up and having a good time. We look forward to the next few events: Thursday 8/16 and 8/30. Stay tuned!